So, What About All Those Kids Who Are Already Obese?

To date our comments have addressed ONLY the prevention side of the childhood obesity epidemic. But that doesn’t average that we have nothing to say on rehabilitation. It just method that we’ve chosen to work on the side where the odds of winning are dramatically better because we prevent the poison from ever entering the bloodstream.

You see once the childhood obesity monster has buried its fangs into the psyche of a young boy or girl, that bastard hangs on for dear life and it grows stronger by the day, the week, the month, and the year. Breaking a bad habit is much more difficult than simply avoiding it in the first place.

We Can No Longer Sit on the Sidelines

But since there are millions of kids across the nation who are already obese, we can no longer sit on the sidelines and keep silent. however, already the rehabilitation aspect of the problem boils down to eating better and exercising more. And once this duel culprit is fully recognized, the problem can truly be boiled down to one factor…namely MOTIVATION.

In other words, you can give anyone all the right information. You can also give them access to the right tools and the right equipment. The one thing you can’t give them though is the willpower. You can’t give them the desire to take action. That is to say, you can’t want it for them. If they don’t want to solve the problem enough to take the necessary actions, the problem is dead on arrival and destined to keep unresolved.

The Question is…

So the real question is how do you inspire a kid who’s already developed all the bad habits, and is already experiencing from all the various problems that go along with being obese? How do you motivate them to give up the old weakness producing habits in exchange for the new, strength producing habits? How do you instill enough confidence for them to take the first step, leading to the second step, leading to the third step, etc.

The Answer is…

The answer to that question in my view is that someone needs to show them how to succeed closest. They need to see themselves growing a little stronger, a little leaner, every workout, every week, every month, all year long. In other words if kids are expected to invest their own time, effort, and self image into anything, they’ll expect to see a (non-monetary) payoff, a dividend, a return on their investment of time and effort. And the more frequent the payoff the higher the motivational level will be. Count on it.

For example, if someone goes on a diet and loses a pound/day, their motivation will be sky high. If their success is reduced to a pound/week, the motivation drops considerably. But if it’s reduced to a pound/month it’ll be hard to see any motivational wind in the sails at all.

In Short…

In short, nothing succeeds like success. And if you can deliver that regularly into the lives of kids who are already obese you’ll at the minimum stand a fighting chance at turning the tide and winning the war. If not you’re wasting your time, effort, and money.

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