Problem of Obesity

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Think about your classmates or schoolmates and try to describe them! Do it! Now count how many of them you described as 'FAT'. You can always name one, can't you? At least I can.

Obesity can cause a lot of disease like diabetes and high blood pressure, which may cause the overloading of Hong Kong's healthcare system. That's what makes obesity not just a problem of patients but also a problem of the public. So, what causes obesity?

Sure you've heard ‘being fat is cute and healthy and brings good luck' from different TV programmers or even your parents or grannies. That's one of the reasons why 13.4% of boys and 10.5% of girls between the ages of 6 and 18 are overweight. Adults, especially the old ones, love rewarding kids with snacks, usually the unhealthy one like chocolates, chips, etc. Not just obesity it caused, but also diabetes. These snacks contain a large amount of energy, sodium, and fat, which they get 35 – 45% calories from. Remember Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Yes, he's the fat boy who loves chocolate and ends up being sucked out of the chocolate river. Do you want yourself or your children look like Augustus? Sure nobody wants to look like Giant beαr, so stop rewarding them with snacks, but whole grains, vegetables, and fruit instead.

Now, count the total time of your exercise in a week. I got about 120 minutes, what αbout you? Less than 30 minutes? You're just like most young people in Hong Kong. This is also the main cause of obesity. According to a survey make by HKU, 69% of local secondary school students don't do enough exercise to achieve health benefits from it and almost 20% got NO exercise at all and somehow they think they can maintain good health with little or no physical activity. Ridiculous isn't it? Or you have the same thought?

Dr. Jack Hodgins from the Chinese university said that a large percentage of children have no exercise. He said that children were spending too much time on activities...
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