As I confessed in a previous post, I am a long-time fan of The Biggest Loser. So you can imagine how excited I was on Sunday night when it premiered. Don’t get me wrong, there are parts of the show I honestly despise – such as ‘breaking down’ the contestants until they cry / vomit in the training sessions and the way the episodes can drag out for far too long so they fill a one-hour time gap BUT how can you not love the tranformations? Inspiring stuff! However, this year, I think the producers have finally got it right!
The theme for The Biggest Loser in 2013 is ‘Next Generation’: all contestants are therefore ‘paired up’ and are either Mother / Daughter, Mother / Son, Father / Daughter or Father / Son combinations. The teaming up of family members really highlights to the viewers that obesity is a disease that can be passed down from generation to generation. How exactly does this happen?
Even though there are a variety of reasons why people gain excess weight, genetics is definitely one of them — genes help determine body type and how your body stores and burns fat just like they help determine other traits. However, in addition to genes, children will inherit unhealthy relationships with food and exercise from their parents. People in the same family tend to have similar eating patterns, maintain the same levels of physical activity, and adopt the same attitudes toward being overweight. Studies have proven that a child’s risk of obesity greatly increases if one or more parent is overweight or obese.
The Biggest Loser has thrust the issue of inter-generational obesity into the spotlight and with over 60% of Australian adult males and almost 50% of adult females being overweight or obese (see official stats: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by+Subject/4125.0~Jan+2012~Main+Features~Overweight+and+obesity~3330 it’s a crucial ‘wake up’ call for us all! In fact, this season of The Biggest Loser should be compulsory viewing for those overweight parents who are creating the next generation of ‘too heavy’ children. Some researchers say that this generation of children will be the first who will NOT live longer than their parents due to obesity-related illnesses developing much earlier in their lives. If your child is overweight, you need to ACT now!
The Natural Way – like The Biggest Loser – wants to make ALL family members slimmer so EVERYONE can enjoy a longer and healthier life. Did you know that we have an Adolescent Program that is specific for those aged between 12-17? It is a sensible, teenage-friendly eating plan that will help your child lose weight steadily while educating him /her towards adopting a lifetime of healthy habits.
To further discuss your child’s weight and health issues, call 1300 SLIMMER (754663) NOW and book a FREE appointment with one of our caring consultants. In fact, the best way to help your child lose weight is to do the program as well! After all, a family that slims together, stays together!
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