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Food addiction?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by Nergaahl, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    Lots of people today, but especially young people and especially kids and teenagers who should be the healthiest age group, are obese or fat. While for some of them obesity runs in the family, for others there are the fast-food and unhealthy diets. And this is not to be ignored, as the obesity rate has insanely grew in the last years.

    Do you think parents should limit what their children eat, and also encourage them to exercise and live a healthy life? Also, do you know someone with an addiction like this?
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  2. valiantx

    valiantx Community Champion

    Well, I think parents should regulate what their children eat, because the parents are the humans who buy the food for their children, meaning if a child is fat it's because his/her parents are bad at selecting what foods to eat. Excercise isn't the only weight losing solution, I believe it's showing children that no one but their self will be the best carers of their body. I know a lot parents who buy unhealthy foods for their children, yet they're confused as to why their children are unhealthy or sick a lot, but I also know parents who reason with their children and show what foods are healthy to consume.
  3. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    Even with overeating if someone works out regularly they'll shed off the excess pounds they pile on. It's up to the parents to cultivate a fitness mentality their kids will embrace for a lifetime. Take them to the gym. Force them to take a martial arts class or something. That would burn off the fat and force them to build character . . . killing two birds with one stone.
  4. 003

    003 Community Champion

    I think I'm addicted to food, because I really like to eat even if I'm full or even if the food isn't worth to eat at all. I just always want to have something in my mouth and have my teeth and my mouth under constant movement. But the good thing that I gained from this is that I formed a commitment with exercise.
  5. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    Food addiction is a very serious problem that I don't think people really blink an eye towards. Obesity is a serious problem and food addiction is the leading cause of obesity. So yes, food addiction is something that shouldn't be messed with.
  6. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Definitely parents or guardians should be responsible of their kid's health. They are the ones who are buying//preparing the foods or giving money to their kids. They should prepare those healthy foods if not all of the times, most of the times. Let their kids know the importance of eating healthy foods and having a healthy body.
  7. mkCampbell

    mkCampbell Active Contributor

    I think that food addiction is a real thing and it's combined with horrible eating habits, fast food, sugar based snacks etc. That's why Weight Watchers and Nutri-Systems will probably never go out of business.
  8. mkCampbell

    mkCampbell Active Contributor

    I agree, and here's a thought on the role parents play when it comes to something such as a school lunch. I was amazed that my son's school had a row of snack food machines that filled a wall! They had healthy food options in the cafeteria including a salad bar. But, to get to it - and to enter the cafeteria - you had to walk past a wall of unhealthy snacks!
  9. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    Also, it is difficult to become addicted to healthy food compared to fast food and other junk food. People need to watch what they eat so that this will not happen.
  10. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Right that it will be great if all school canteens will make the food options there healthy. It will help the parents and the kids to make sure that healthy foods can be eaten for their school breaks than those junk foods.
  11. mkCampbell

    mkCampbell Active Contributor

    I just watched a commercial for a chicken place that was touting how great their fried food was for sad kids. And the kids thought the chicken was so good they didn't even mix the toy! Don't get me wrong, I'm all over some fried chicken from time to time... Fast food is easy and affordable in the short term for so many people and their budgets. Sadly the trip to a local produce market is not as flashy in the commercials.
  12. Lizel

    Lizel Community Champion

    Back in middle school I had a good friend that had anorexia and self harmed.
    She had many visits to psychologists and psychiatrists, and she took different pills.
    She managed to overcome it all because of the support her family gave her.
    The first step to overcome any addiction is to have support from the people that love you and care about you.
  13. goldenmaine

    goldenmaine Active Contributor

    In my opinion, children should not be involved in any strict diet because they are still growing and need the proper nutrition for a healthy growth. Maybe when they become a bit older that their food intake can be lessened if they are obese and really need weight loss. It is really tempting to overeat, especially for those who love food so much. Discipline and being role models to our children can help them with this problem.
  14. ClassyTulip

    ClassyTulip Member

    I live in the South where food is a form of comfort. I think that instead of Parents limiting their kids food intake, there should be a guide set in place to inform kids what is considered healthy verses unhealthy. They should still be able to eat a slice of chocolate cake but in a controlled portion that compliments a well rounded meal. Down here we say, " It's not what you do, It's how you do it" so yes, exercise will help to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  15. kjonesm1

    kjonesm1 Community Champion

    I absolutely think parents need to control what we feed our children. We are here to guide a teach our children to be the best they can be; physically, mentally and spiritually. As long as we keep promoting bad eating habits, not only does obesity rise, but heart disease, stroke and other weight related health issues.
  16. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    Although genes and a slow metabolism may have something to do with it too, there are parents who don't really care what type of food their children are consuming for the sole reason that they're not health buffs. Still, I find it unfair that some parents wouldn't care about the food their children should be eating when at the end of the day, they have every bit of responsibility to ensure their offspring grows into healthy adults. Being careless with food also denotes a lack of discipline. I do wish that more and more parents will start eating healthy and apply the same health principles to their growing children. I know of people who eat so wantonly just because that's the lifestyle they've grown accustomed.
  17. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    Sometimes, obesity is hereditary. Sometimes, obesity is caused by eating too much and moving too little. But I think both these problems can be solved through living and staying healthy, like having self-control over your eating habits, and keeping your body fit by exercising. Even a simple jogging or walking around the park could do a bit of help.
  18. oraclemay

    oraclemay Community Champion

    The trick is to keep moving and not being passive. Some metabolisms are slower than others. Hormones also play a major role in the lives of many individuals. Every person is different and being addicted to food is usually because of emotional pain.
  19. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    The problem isnt just over eating but the whole way of life some people have. Its been said before that even if somebody eats way over the amount of calories they should, but exercise regularly then they wont be overweight.
    I think too much emphasis is put on healthy eating and calorie counting than on focussing on exercise, if people dont want to stop eating their favourite treats then maybe if they where made away they could carry on, all they have to do is exercise for 30 minutes a day then people might see weight loss and healthy eating in a different light.
    Exercise doesnt even have to expensive, no high tech gym's have to be involved, all you really need is a little bit of self motivation.
  20. I do think that parents should start educating their children on healthy eating and exercise. Unfortunately, sometimes eating healthy might be too expensive, or some people might not have the time to cook a healthy meal. Another thing is teaching proper diet. Just eating healthy isn't going to prevent you from being overweight, but you also need to exercise to burn off more calories than you eat.