Selasa, 11 Maret 2008


Eat now, pay later

The price of childhood obesity is a lifetime's legacy of poor health and significantly reduced life expectancy. The main health risks include increased risk of heart disease and stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, varicose veins, skin ailments, as well as a greater risk of joint damage (such as hips and knees) due to the extra load they have to bear.

There are also important social and psychological consequences, such as depression, low self-esteem, social isolation, low rate of marriage and problems sustaining long term relationships.

While few people with serious weight problems are likely to be able to dramatically reduce their weight, on the positive side, doctors point out that even a modest weight loss make a big difference in terms of the person's health and quality of life.

For instance, reducing one's weight from 18 stone to 16 stone might not sound like much, but in terms of your health, it could literally be a life-saving difference

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