Preventing Obesity In Children

By Rey Vetangelo
If you are overweight or obese, you are not alone. And chances are, you have tried a myriad of diets that were either ineffective or difficult to maintain. Maybe you are interested in weight loss surgery, but cannot afford it. Perhaps you have even considered traveling to a weight-loss clinic in Mexico to have gastric sleeve surgery done at a lower cost, but aren’t sure about the risks. Surgery may not be the only solution you have left. One popular diet that many people have found to be successful is the Zone Diet.

For instance, if you are 6 feet tall, your healthy weight range is higher than that of someone who is 5 feet 5 inches tall. Since BMI is more precise, yet still easy to calculate (there are currently dozens of free BMI calculators available online), it has been used in some form for the last 200 years. However, lately there has been some speculation about new measurements of physical health that might be even more accurate than BMI.

One of the problems with BMI is that it is still too general of a measurement. Taking into account that it is incapable of distinguishing between a number of important factors such as age, gender, percentage of muscle mass, body type, and ethnic groups, BMI begins to seem like a very arbitrary way of determining somebody’s health.

If you are worried about your child’s weight do not immediately set them up on a strict diet. For starters, that is incredibly unhealthy for children, and you may be doing more harm because your child may not actually be overweight. Take some time to learn about what the general health guidelines are for children. Give them appropriate serving sizes and feed them healthy, nutritious food, but don’t restrict what they can eat.

However, these hormones also promote inflammation which Dr. Sears believes is linked to obesity. The Zone Diet is designed to keep your body “in the zone” by balancing your blood sugars and thereby allowing your body to release anti-inflammatory chemicals and function in its optimal state.

The BAI is based on ratios involving measurements of the height and the hips, which allows for a much more flexible and accommodating alternative to the traditional BMI. However, while the BAI has been proven to give more accurate readings than the BMI, it is less convenient to calculate, with the necessary measurements requiring a doctor’s office and trained personnel in order to be computed correctly. Although the BAI still needs some work, it has been proven to be more accurate than the BMI, which could lead to its prevalence in the future.

Other factors that make this diet effective are that it is relatively easy to follow “one-third” and “size-of-palm” rules, and that online membership is free with inexpensive cookbooks available.

People whose waist measurements are less than half of their height measurements have been proven to be healthier, with fewer instances of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. The great thing about this technique is that it can accurately measure children and help predict their risk of obesity, since both their waist size and their height will increase as they grow.

While the medical community has yet to completely adopt a successor to the BMI measurement, the fact that there are accurate options to choose from is encouraging. With the number of people that use their BMI ratio as evidence that they need to fly down to Mexico for weight loss surgery, it pays to use a measurement that can tell you the true state of your body and your health before making such an important decision.

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