Sadly the current stats on Obesity speaks loudly about the state of the health and food/diet industries and education. A recent study out of the UK reports that since the late 1980’s, obesity has quadrupled. Nearly one billion people worldwide are clinically obese, this means that really over a billion people are obese.
Obesity is not something that happens overnight, it is a progressive developing condition that in addition to poor diet and health choices, is now being shown to have generational and genetic implication. Several new studies have found that the health and lifestyle, diet and nutritional choices of both parents have direct impact on their children.
It now appears even more so that the saying “you are what you eat” is truer than ever before. Unfortunately, this now seems that your children are also genetically linked and in a manner are also what you eat.
A recent study has shown that the sperm of the father carries in it a genetic memory of the fathers environment and life style. This information it appears is passed on to an embryo and in addition to contributing to the development of the embryo, the nutritional deficiencies of the father can increase a baby’s risk of birth defects. The study reports that sperm from obese fathers can lead to obesity and diabetic symptom to appear in their children as well as their grand children.
Additional studies have shown a direct link from mother to child, showing that children of obese mothers are significantly more likely to be obese and have children predisposed to obesity even those who have a healthy diet.
It should be stated that the studies showed propensities in the offspring, but this does not mean that children of obese parents will be obese. Each individual has the ability through their lifestyle to affect or alter these potential obese influences through proper diet and healthy life style choices.
Time you took the message seriously
It is seriously time that we all take the message on obesity serious. Not only are we putting ourselves at risk but we are also putting our children and potential grandchildren at risk. Take a look at these simple statistics:
- Over one billion people in the world are obese
- One in five north americans die from obesity
- Eighteen percent (18%) of children in America between the ages of six and eleven are obese.
These are but three shocking statistics that reveal that obesity is a subject that if left unaddressed will kill a lot of people, including infants and children. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) reports r=that the major culprit to obesity is the approved modern diet.
Some of the culprits:
- Processed and refined foods
- Sugar and fructose
- Vegetable oils and fats
- Trans Fat
- Excessive processed grains and cereals
- Oxygenated saturated fats
Ideally you need to take control of your diet and lifestyle. The following suggestions can lead to a diet that is healthy and does not contribute to obesity. A diet that consists of more whole foods, (unprocessed, unrefined foods), vegetables (preferably raw or slightly cooked), moderate fruit intake, quality fats (avocado, nuts, seed, olive, high quality animal fat).
It is also important to consider other aspects of your lifestyle when you consider what you are passing on to your children and future generations. If you smoke you should seriously stop, not just for your own sake but for your children’s sake. Reduce alcohol consumption, while a little red wine or alcohol consumption can have benefits for the body, even a slight excess can not only effect you, but it can also effect your children and grand children.
It is time to address obesity seriously for our children and our children’s children’s sake.