Mounting Child Obesity in Pakistan
TWO MIGHTY GODZILLA TREXAURUS ZINGERS, A REGULAR STUFFED CRUST PIZZA WITH EXTRA CHEESE TOPPINGS, A PINT OF STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE FROM BASKIN ROBBINS… and yeah, add a DIET COKE ON THAT PLEASE…
“THESE SOFT DRINKS HAVE A LOT OF CALORIES YOU KNOW.”
A Diet coke is not going to help you maintain your body shape – A PERFECT SPHERE- that is.
Obesity is an alarming situation not only in the western countries (although especially in the western countries) but also in other parts of the world. It starts off mostly when the parents are too ignorant of their child’s excessive Junk Food Romance, which eventually leads them being unable to even move from one room to the other as they grow older and bigger, even a painful death in worst cases.
And just for the record, Junk Foods are not the sole sources to be put to blame here.
Back in our days, (I’m a 90’s kid btw, not referring to when the time when people used to fill water buckets from the wells) there used to be a lot of outdoor activities, playgrounds used to be busier than the internet and you got lucky if you found a sweet spot to play cricket with your friends at the park in the evening.
The point of all this? People used to move around a lot, kids had these sources to maintain a healthy strong body. Now, people sit in their cars, que up in the Drive-Thru, eat a heavy unhealthy meal, come back home and jump on their couch with their phones in their hands.
WHERE IN ALL THAT IS WALKING? DO YOU EXPECT ALL THAT TO GO DOWN BY ITSELF? NO.
However it is not very easy for children and parents to make healthy food choices and get enough physical activity when the environment and social surroundings around them carry a different story and do not support healthy habits. Places such as child care centers, schools, or communities can affect diet and activity through the foods and drinks they offer and the opportunities for physical activity they provide.
Other community factors that affect diet and physical activity include the affordability of healthy food options, peer and social supports, marketing and promotion, and policies that determine how a community is designed.
We all need to be held responsible for this issue that is going beyond a mere weight increase in children. We need to change our eating, sleeping and raving habits.
AND A DIET COKE PLEASE… !