Dont Let Chubby Charlie become Chubby Charles.
First of all I would like to apologize for my absence, I’ve been busy with work and other things in life. I recently commented to a friend who is a medical student, that my weight fluctuates like crazy. She told me that even though I had lost weight, my body was still prone to gaining and losing weight quickly because I was a chubby charlie as a kid.
Childhood obesity is a dangerous epidemic for a variety of reasons. Children who are obese tend to be more prone to diabetes, heart disease, and a variety of other chronic diseases. But perhaps more shocking is the fact that childhood obesity leads to obese adults. How does this happen? Fat Cells!
Fat cells are tricky little buggers, you see they multiply during puberty but unfortunately they don’t die or decrease as you lose weight. Fat cells generally do not generate after puberty, as your body stores fat the cells only get bigger. Instead they shrink in size waiting in the darkness for extra calories to feed on so they can expand. There are exceptions to this though. If an adult gains a significant amount of weight, the body may produce more fat cells, or lets say the person has liposuction the body will produce more fat cells to supplement the lost ones. That explains why people often gain back the weight after liposuction.
Childhood obesity is not a temporary problem its a lifelong problem, that requires one to be consistently vigilant. That’s why its important for children to get enough exercise and a proper diet in order to prevent childhood obesity. This revelation has inspired me to to donate time and money to organizations focused on preventing childhood obesity through exercise and proper nutrition.