How Has Obesity Taken Over amid the Pandemic?

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Beliefs become subjective in the vast complexities of life, where each fragment is taken apart and seen at the vantage point of any given observer. This has become a norm that modern scientific schools of thought referred to this as relativism. This ambiguity of treating information has affected how mainstream media projected certain relevant issues that would have been met with certainty.

The sizes that matter and the dangers of complacency

Public awareness of rampant bullying throughout every country in the world received critical and polarized uproar almost immediately as it was brought to light. The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) noted some alarming statistics about bullying and how a global measure is required to mitigate it.

Their Office of Research-Innocenti detailed in a survey the accounts of several adolescents being bullied on account of looking different or deferring from the perceived and accepted social norms. This, of course, should be treated appropriately with non-approval. Thus, the trend of normalizing body figures became a trend almost immediately, with popular tags referring to the new weight bracket as plus-size.

Although weight alone does not correct the bullying concern, since it is a different issue altogether, the supposed subject about normalizing the view on poor healthy habits should also be equally addressed. The fitness guru Cathe Friedrich writes her observation on the overwhelming challenge facing most individuals in the current era. She describes the efforts being placed in putting across the knowledge of the importance of eating the right kind and amount of food and putting in the necessary steps in being physically fit, and at the same time considering it as a battle that has lost in several grounds. 

But what drove people into having this serious health issue? The United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) points out that obesity does not happen overnight, as it results from poor lifestyle choices and dietary preferences in a long span of time. Little details that have been neglected and have gradually become a habit are the roots of the problem.

Culprits include consuming processed foods that are amassed with saturated fats and sugar-packed diets that may be found in food or drink. As previously noted by UNICEF, global action is needed to address this concern as popular culture promotes comfort and excessive eating.

Concerning the matters of the mind and the heart

The core of the issue is the downplaying of the importance of discretion with the food that one eats. Healthline summarizes the long-known facts on keeping with a fit body and heart, such as eating green and leafy vegetables, whole grains, and berries and choosing white meat over red meat.

For the more athletically-enthused, perhaps the right choice of milk concentrate to complement the regimen would prove all the more helpful. Coupled with exercise, these scientifically-proven data directly contribute to the overall wellness of a person.

Furthermore, studies also revealed that practicing mindfulness has increased the chances of keeping up with the planned regimens on health. Mayo Clinic defines mindfulness as meditative in nature and allows the practitioners to transcend the bias of self-interpretation and judgment. This practice of sensing and feeling the moments of life allows for immediate identification of actions with deters with better judgment and precedes self-correction.


Of course, these practices on the self are but noble and of good intent. Nevertheless, the consensus for healthier lifestyles may be aptly superseded by the larger bodies of the world leaders. The National Center for Biotechnology Information published in April 2010 several roadblocks to the drawing up of laws leading towards the guidelines on health practices.

These recommendations mainly address the need to eradicate certain commercial agendas, which promotes the escalating rates of overconsumption of food. It also suggests the limitation or restriction of certain advertising campaigns directed towards children to preempt temptation for the young.

If implemented correctly, these legislative safeguards should otherwise propel the overall mindset regarding proper nutrition. It is also important to note the role of the family in the holistic learning of the child. The Academic Learning Institute networks posted studies that indicated that there is a correlation between children who do well in school and the families that provide a supportive and enriched environment for learning in the home. It is a unique way to say that it takes a village to teach the child. In the greater scheme of things, it takes the entire world to create profound change for future generations to come.

Preventing obesity across all generations is necessary. Measures should be taken to ensure that it doesn't become the new norm.

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