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Are parents at fault for childhood obesity?

Why is Childhood Obesity Considered a Health Problem? Photo source:https://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/fat-shaming-children-gain-weight-article-1.3646278 1. Children with obesity can be bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers. They are also more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem. The effects of this can last into adulthood. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, “Rather than motivate positive change, this stigma contributes to behaviours such as binge eating, social isolation, avoidance of health care services, decreased physical activity and increased weight gain, which worsen obesity and create additional barriers

Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes

According to the World Heart Federation, more South Africans are dying from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases than ever before and unhealthy diets are one of the main culprits. The South African Heart and Stroke Foundation claims that unhealthy diets and lack of exercise has resulted in South Africa having the world’s highest rate of high blood pressure among people over the age of 50 years old. With statistics like these, South Africans need to drastically reassess their dietary habits, start exercising and familiarize themselves with the symptoms of heart attacks and strokes. Thanks to Hollywood’s depiction of heart attacks, we tend to believe that they only happen to

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