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THE FACE OF OBESITY

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Monisha Gunawardana

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Transcript of THE FACE OF OBESITY

1.5 Billion Adults
are overweight
65% of the world's population live in
countries where they are more likely to die from
obesity than malnutrition
43 MILLION children
under 5 are OVERWEIGHT
You need to burn 3500 calories to drop a single pound of body fat
200 million men and 300
million women are obese
300 billion annual healthcare costs are spent on obesity-related issues.
An obese person will spend 25% more on health care costs than the average person
But the scary fact is....



THAT IT'S GROWING!
Severely obese people die up to 10 years sooner than those of normal weight
is a positive perception really for the better?
Everyday, we are bombarded with images portraying obesity as something that is accepted in our society
why?
well, we believe that there are many reasons, but one reason that isn't taken into perspective often, is that nowadays people believe that it is OK to be obese.
But have you ever considered the consequences of doing so?
Well, it goes something like this...
The message that is being conveyed here can be interpreted in two ways
Firstly, everyone is beautiful no matter what they look like, its the inside that counts
But this image is also saying that it is OK to be obese.
But it's not.
Which is completely understandable and very true - no one should be judged for what they look like
THIS IS BOTH
DETRIMENTAL
AND
NEGATIVE
IN MANY
ASPECTS
Despite the
positive light
people have shone on those who are obese and with low self-esteem, it does not change their
health
. In fact many people fail to realise what being
obese
means
But in fact it is just making the epidemic
GROW
Obesity is being shined in a positive light now - think of all the
obese beauty pageants
- is this really doing anything to help the
epidemic?

The Government should allow
funds
for obese related help - such as
cooking classes
run by teens, for teens. This encourages like-minded students to
socialise
and spread a
positive message
, all with the support of creating the same goal -to become more
healthy
.
We must seek ways to resolve this issue.

Together.

Promoting
healthiness
through
community activities
is one of our best options in reducing the population of obese individuals in our society.
We need to be
REALISTIC

Plus size models aren't doing as much good as they are bad.
The stats are rising.
The stakes are higher.

What will happen to OUR COUNTRY if this continues?
CAN WE RISK AUSTRALIA GOING FROM THIS:
TO THIS?
we should be promoting a

healthy lifestyle and body image
no matter what size you are
We should be promoting
healthy eating
and
good diet
habits as well as sufficient
exercise
and
happiness
in life
obesity is in fact, an

EPIDEMIC
it affects all aspects of our life
both
physical
and
psychological.
putting us at risk with many other health-related issues:

the list goes on..
body image isn't something to be ashamed of; however the obese body image is being portrayed positively - we tend to 'flatter' people with this image
Don't get us wrong; encouragement and positivity is key in life, and we understand that self-esteem is increasingly becoming a problem in obesity - what we are saying is that we need to balance both the positive comments and the reality of the situation, to produce a better outcome for all.
You don't need to be a size 4 to be promoting a healthy and happy life!
"You're damned if you're too thin and you're damned if you're too heavy. According to the press I've been both. It's impossible to satisfy everyone and I suggest we stop trying"
- Jennifer Aniston
So what can

we

do?
In order to stop this
epidemic
from spreading further, we must figure out ways to
prevent
the spread of obesity as well as cure it - spread the message of a
healthier you
!
Eating
healthier
foods may be hard in our society, since fast foods seem so
accessible
and
convenient
Sufficient exercise
whether it is
walking
rather than driving or taking a
jog
in the park, is effective in being healthy and achieving a
healthier
you.
Problem is, many of these
don't fill us up
- neither are they
healthy
and so we end up eating
more
than we need to, and pack on more
kilojoules
than we intend!

This is why
reducing
our
food portion sizes
and eating everything in
moderation
is so important - it will put us
in control
of our own food intake
We should open up to local
support groups
for individuals affected by obesity, allowing the individuals to
motivate
each other, in surroundings of
like-minded
and
optimistic
people
The amount of people living
healthier

lifestyles
will increase if they are
educated
about it! Schools should be more open with educating the
younger generations
of this issue
Making people aware will help reduce this
obesity scare
Do we really
want
our world to become something it doesn't have to?
So, we challenge
you
to take
on the
face of obesity
Once, and for all.
By Tracy Doan &
Monisha Gunawardana
Year 10J,
The Mac.Robertson Girls High School

Music from:
http://www.mobygratis.com/

'Look Back In'

The government should subsidise obesity
awareness
via
media platforms
; television, radio, newspapers etc.


If McDonalds can be advertised regularly, so should
healthy living
!
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