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Yoga, period 5
Nutrition & Obesity
Young adults, caught in a whirl of physical changes, hormones, peer pressure and conflicting goals, as well as gaining a real independence from parents and guardians, don’t always make the best choices, and that doesn’t just include in school or how they spend their time but also at home, and with what they eat. In an article I read, they explain some of the results of a survey that was taken in the United Kingdom called The National Diet and Nutrition Survey. The article says that iron and calcium intake is too low, sugar and salt intake is too high and that obesity is becoming a major problem with readings like these, and the way it’s going downhill so fast – like a snow ball rolling down a hill.
Obesity is a condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that health may be negatively affected. It is usually measured by Body Mass Index (BMI) , which is calculated by dividing someone’s weight measured in kilograms by their height in meters squared. In adults, a BMI of 25-30 is classified as being overweight and having a BMI of 30 or more is classified as being obese. For children, there have been set curves that can vary with height, weight, age and gender.
Boy’s statistics read:
Boys 2-10 years: 30% overweight including obese (15.9%)
Boys 11-15 years: 37% overweight including obese (24.2%)
All boys (2-15 years) : 33% overweight including obese which comes to 19.2%.
Girl’s statistics read:
Girls 2-10 years: 27.7% overweight including obese (12.8%)
Girls 11-15 years: 46% overweight including obese (26.7%)
All girls (2-15 years) : 35% overweight including obese which comes to 18.5%.
Findings in the survey said that the average intake of saturated fat, sugar and salt is too high, while that of starchy carbohydrates and fiber is low. This misbalance is not good and contributes to obesity. Total fat should contribute no more than 35% of total dietary energy and saturated fat no more than 11%, while sugar and added sugars shouldn’t be more than 11% and salt consumption should not be over 1.7g for 4-6 year olds,2.9g for 7-10 year olds and 4.0g for 11-18 year olds.
British children depend on three foods - chips, cakes and biscuits - for a significant proportion of their total intake of energy at the expense of more nutritious options such as fruits and vegetables. Parents and schools should provide at least five recommended portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Fruits can supply sugars that are good for the body, rather then artificial sugars from other foods popular and sometimes preferred.
So, with this and the fact that this survey was only taken in the United Kingdom in mind, what about the United States? The rate at which our children are becoming obese is growing as the age is decreasing. Attempts at making school lunches more nutritious and healthy and physical education more rigorous will mean nothing if parents do not encourage the same values at home.
Thursday, November 13, 2008