Recent statistics have revealed that childhood obesity around the world is increasing at an alarming rate; not only in the richest countries in the world, but also in many underdeveloped countries, which represents that the human race has become indolent. This situation will not only affect their grandchildren but also their children and if something is not done this dilemma will continue to deteriorate.

Governments and academics do not know how to reverse this terrible trend brought about by their generation. After the hard times that followed WWII, it was refreshing to be able to buy prepared meals and take away food. Life had been hard for several years and little luxuries were considered a right and why not?

Fast forward forty years and in many homes the kitchen gets the least use; the kitchens are like new because many families live on ready meals and pre-cooked meals. The manufacturers of these foods cut corners and add excess unhealthy fats, salt and sugar to enhance and preserve flavors, encouraging repeat business.

This promotes the cycle of laziness that thrives in today’s society and places a heavy burden on health services in many nations. Doctors are overworked due to self-inflicted ailments that you put on yourself, often creating more medical problems and illnesses.

Your children and grandchildren are getting fat because they follow the example of their parents and grandparents. How can you tell your grandson to play a sport or do some type of exercise if his lifestyle is anything but active?

An example must be set and it is up to you to transform your life for the sake of generations to come. After all, if you don’t eat a nutritious diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables and your cupboards are full of processed foods and convenience foods, you can’t expect your grandkids to eat healthy.

Many of today’s youngsters are very astute and don’t miss a trick; they usually have an answer for everything, so the only way to make sure they’re eating the right diet and getting enough exercise is to show them how it’s done. This might involve some discussion initially, but if he is doing well for himself, he in turn is doing the best he can for them and this will be obvious for all to see.

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