My why…

Overcoming childhood obesity has been my biggest triumph.

I used to think I was born to be overweight so I hated myself.

I hated what came with it.

Being teased, the special sized clothes

Or not having my size.

Not fitting in- Literally.

The mental and social struggles…

Now, that I am here-

I look at myself and

My younger self would have been excited vs

Wanting to end it all;

And I reflected behaviors that almost did just that.

Losing 80 pounds
and overcoming obesity
was a mental social emotional physical struggleeee!!
It triggers my heart to hear the numbers of childhood obesity are stilll
increasing.

It makes me think of how many other “before”-me’s there are.

How many other overweight children are suicidal, self-loathing, and depressed?

How many other overweight children think they were born to be that way.

Obesity causes handfuls of more complicated life diseases.

This is serious!

The younger generation is not healthy.

They’re on the verge of dying younger.

Due to obesity- which is truly preventable!

I understand and know their are obesogenic environments,

And we gotta change that too!!

We can change the trend.

We are currently in a

childhood /obesity epidemic,

and overweight kids

have an 80% chance

of becoming an obese adult.

Meaning, they are at a higher risk

for diabetes, stroke,

other conditions,

-Ultimately an early death.

I beat the odds.

And I want to be there

for others who struggle with weight (loss)

and positive thinking too.

Below are some articles I want to share further:

  • The childhood obesity crisis started before Covid-19. The pandemic has made it much worse (The Counter)
  • The pandemic could be worsening the childhood obesity pandemic (Axios)
  • Childhood obesity rates hit all-time high, survey finds (Becker’s Hospital Review)
  • New Report Shows U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Worsen (AAFP)
  • Toddlers with asthma are more likely to become obese children, according to the biggest study on the matter to date. (Science Daily)
  • Childhood obesity in China may have nearly tripled, but only two percent of children consider themselves fat. (Asian Scientist Newsroom)
  • Research finds link between time online and obesity in children (The Guardian)
  • The government body Public Health England is meeting major food businesses to discuss how to achieve a 20% calorie reduction in foods popular among children by 2024, as pressure on the industry to create healthier products grows. (The Guardian)
  • Commercial TV and internet use linked to childhood obesity, study finds (Campaign Magazine)
  • Families, shops and pubs all have a role in tackling obesity (The Times Newspapers)

& If you only share

one post to raise awareness

about

the (childhood) obesity epidemic-

pick this one.


Peace and grace,

– P. Blessman

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