The Australian government recently announced its intention to fund Weight Loss surgery for obese children to undergo weight loss and gastric band surgery in a bid to curb their obesity and related health issues.
Shocking. Statistics say that one in four of our children are obese however last time I looked in a school yard or shopping centre you may see some overweight kids but one in four really? I wonder what their definition of an obese child really is.
The fact is a child does not shop, prepare, cook or serve their meal, their parent does. Having a child undergo risky surgery does not correct the problem of wrong foods being prepared or served to the child.
I wonder if parents were appropriately educated if their child would reduce weight naturally without the need for this invasive surgery. Research tells us that weight loss surgery fails over 70% of the time unless the patient continues to undergo education and a maintenance diet. This surely is something the parent again needs to do. Are the risks worth it. Can’t we find an alternative to changing a child’s stomach that will need to be carried for the rest of their life. Maybe when this child is old enough to leave the family home they many naturally lose the weight and eat better and this can certainly be done without invasive life changing surgery.
A child is not responsible for their weight. This is a parenting issue. If, however, the child is around 15 years old and old enough to prepare their own food, then they can start making decisions more appropriate for themselves. Under this age is purely a parental problem.
The reason our children are becoming obese is connected to
• Sedentary lifestyle
• Inappropriate serve foods
• Too much fat in their diet
• Excessive sugars
It is not difficult to understand how much a parental issue this is. The problem however then develops that if the child or parent wants to begin a healthy eating plan, how can these changes be made. What information is available?
There is ample information on the internet, at doctors, from local health centres and hospitals. We have community nurses and dietitians all available to help and support those individuals, and families wanting to commence a healthy lifestyle and weight loss regime.
You do not need to join a gym or even workout every day. We also find we have movement within our everyday life, so it isn’t the fact you need to work out more, it is a matter of eating less and eating more appropriate type of foods.
Research tell us that when parents adjust their food and eating choices it automatically flows onto the children and the whole family benefits. It is essential we continue to educate our parents. Perhaps schools can keep their eyes on children that are extremely overweight or obese and arrange for a dietitian from the local health centre or hospital to provide some education and training after school or even during school hours for non-working mothers. The more information and support we can provide the better off everyone is.
The children especially will benefit and hopefully avoid this invasive and dangerous surgery.
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