Young Obesity And The Law Of Attraction

That’s twice today on two separate radio stations now where an advertisement has been played about the fact that obesity in young people is on the rise and could lead to future health problems.

Weight And Health Issues For Teens

Over the past 5 – 10 years you will have noticed that this has been a pretty strong theme especially with the US and the UK. There were all sorts of chefs and celebrities getting in on the act and trying to do simple things like make school dinners better. Other celebrities were trying to encourage involvement in fitness and exercise.

From what I heard on the radio adverts the trend is on the rise for obesity amongst youngsters and is seeing no signs of slowing down. It seems like no matter what people do the problem is still on the rise.

Focus And The Law Of Attraction

According to the Law of Attraction what you focus on you get and so it seems that we are focussing on the wrong thing and getting back exactly that.

The prime focus seems to be on obesity rather giving options to young people that are more fun than sitting at home watching t.v., playing video games and eating junk food. The answer to me seems very simple in that we have to make the alternatives more fun and more appealing than the sitting at home option.

It’s clear to me that an inactive body and mind naturally turns towards lazy activities like t.v. and quick food consumption. Boredom is also a strong key. Haven’t you noticed that when you’re bored at home the first thing you do is reach for the remote and some nibbles? Do this on a regular basis and it all catches up with you in the mid section and then some!

A Paradigm Shift

Even though I don’t own one I’m a fan of the Nintendo Wii as its quite an active games console and you move around. You can even work up a sweat playing on one of those! Where I think we’re going wrong is that young people often associate bad things to phyical activities often because of the things that they have to do in P.E. at school. Very often they have to do activities which they don’t enjoy and it’s often taught in a way which is enforced rather than something a given choice!

With the London Olympics fast approaching it’s time we changed this mentality. It’s time we gave our youngsters better options with a more appealing stance that would make then naturally want to participate in more sports! As much as schools is a big part of this there are other ways we can get youngsters exercising too. I remember back in the day my friends and I would meet in the park and organise a game of footy! Then, random strangers would come and join in and before we knew, it we had big teams of people playing and everyone just had a grea time!

Simple things like organising a game of footy at the park can make leaps and bounds towards making a difference to the health and well being of our children. Our focus needs to change though! We don’t need to be focussing on possible outcomes of no exercise! We need to focus on a shift in our paradigm and get youngsters out of the house away of lazy temptations! Don’t put t.v.’s in your kids bedrooms. Ditch the games consoles and get out there in nature and have some fun! Even the adults with kids can save money on the gym just by taking your kids to the park and taking a frisbee and just having some fun! That way you all get some exercise and you all get closer too!

Some Suggestions

1) Don’t focus on the obesity and heart disease. Focus on the most fun you can have whilst being outside and things you can do that don’t involve huge amounts of money!

2) Go old school and organise a fun sporting group activity in the park! It doesn’t even have to be outdoors. Even something like bowling can be fun, make you work up a bit of a sweat and a cheap way of doing it too!

3) Make sport in schools more fun and inclusive for everyone! Gymnastics may not be everyone’s cup of tea so offer the youngsters options!

4) Gyms aren’t the only way to get exercise! Explore what you have in your local area in the way of nature or parks. You may be surprised at what you find! You may even find a bike trail that you and your whole family can enjoy together!

5) Look for social sports clubs that you enjoy where you will naturally feel compelled to return to. The people there will keep you motivated and the very act of making new friends and networking will make you want to go back. If the option is there take your kids along or offer to take your friends kids or neices and nephews!

It’s all about the fun!

13 Responses

  1. You mentioned TVs in the bedroom… that has been one of my pet peeves for years. It seems like the TV has become the center of every room in the house. I know one family with 10 TVs… plus a home theater. Inactivity is inevitable when faced with the opportunity for so much passive entertainment.

  2. Kartikey says:

    Dale,
    That’s happening in India too; a TV for each room/member.

    Amit,
    I’ll sum your pointers as… “have fun”. And real fun is not staying indoors and eating and sleeping.
    Having said that, I’ll go for a run tomorrow.

  3. Jens Upton says:

    I think the power is in our choices and that is a freedom we can have fun with. Thats is, if we have the opportunities and education to notice the choices. In my experience if you are not happy then maybe you gotta turn off the tv, ignore the magazines and advertising and turn onto something that brings you happiness.

  4. Amit Sodha says:

    Hi Dale. I whole heartedly agree. I have nothing against TV as a whole but I do disagree with owning too many or allowing them to take over free time. As you said inactivity becomes inevitable when you succumb to TV as your own form of stimulation and entertainment.

    Thanks for your comments! 🙂

  5. Amit Sodha says:

    Hey Kartikey…How did your run go? Having fun is definitely a high priority for me and I’ll naturally choose the activity which I find more fun. Sport for me is definitely more fun than watching TV! 😉

  6. Amit Sodha says:

    Hi Jens,

    Thanks for you comment. Acknowledgement of choice is so important in the progression and direction of our lifes. When one becomes aware of it you then get a new found feeling of inner power. It takes time to nuture but it is so important for the overall experience of happiness.

    Thanks for you comment! 😉

  7. Kartikey says:

    Amit,
    The run was fine. Although I don’t feel like a marathon runner. Not yet : )

  8. John Clark says:

    Kids have more pocket-money these days, and they spend a lot of it on sweets and junk food with their mates after school. Combined with lack of exercise, there you have your problem.

  9. Amit Sodha says:

    Hey John,

    I think the lack of exercise counts for more of it. Most of the young people I work with don’t get much pocket money. Nowadays they are given things like mobile phones, TV’s etc in place of pocket money.

    However as I mentioned in my article we’re focussing on the wrong thing. If we were to focus on making activities more fun and inclusive for young people then we would tackle the problem, to a large degree, straight away!

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