Leaf Tea Childhood Obesity
is There a Connection to Preventing Over Weight Kids

Don't ignore rooibos leaf tea which is an herbal tea and tisanes as beverages that help children conquer childhood obesity


How can drinking loose leaf tea, tisanes or herbal tea affect your child's life and health? Learning good eating habits as a child makes a healthier child. Generally speaking, healthier children become healthier adults. Don't ignore the health benefits of rooibos herbal tea and other loose teas.

 

Better physical health, better mental health, do you want these two things for your children?

One of my best friends had a weight problem all of her life. Eventually her obesity caused her to have a lot of health problems. She had Diabetes and high blood pressure. She often had trouble walking because of pain in her knees and back. Her weight contributed to that.

She took a lot of medication. Anyone who has to take medicine every day knows it will cause side effects. Deb had to deal with that too.

Some time ago my friend had gastric bypass surgery. That's a very drastic way to loose weight. It involves actually making your stomach very small through surgery. It requires a hospital stay, and it requires about six to eight weeks recovering. That means six to eight weeks away from your job and paycheck.

My friend has lost over one hundred pounds. Just like taking medicine had side effects, losing that weight has side effects too. Good side effects, Deb no longer has diabetes. She doesn't have high blood pressure either. It's easier for her to walk. She is taking no pills, not one.

Deb has new eating habits which include drinking loose leaf tea herbal tea and tisanes.

I asked Deb to let me interview her and share with my readers how childhood obesity affected her life. What follows is an interview with one who knows that the side effect of childhood obesity are enormous.

Question:
At what age did you start to put on weight?

Deb:
I was heavy by the age of 6.

Question:
How did your weight affect your relationship with your family?

Deb:
I'll just give an example. My family went to a school picnic. My dad was a 9th grade school teacher. Mom asked dad to introduce me to a boy and he said no. He said he wouldn't because I was fat. I never forgot him saying that.

Question:
How did your childhood obesity affect you at school?

Deb:
Boys weren't interested in me. I always wanted a boyfriend. I was too heavy.

Question:
Did you have a lot of friends at school?

Deb:
Yes, I liked people.

Question:
Did you participate in sports at school? If not was weight a factor?

Deb:
No I didn't do sports. Yes my weight was the reason.

Question:
What extra activities did you participate in at school?

Deb:
I went to football and basketball games.

Question:
Did you have access to pop and candy etc. at school?

Deb:
No, it was in the 60”s.

Question:
Why do you think childhood obesity was a problem for you?

Deb:
I like food both sweets and salty.

Question:
Did your parents encourage you to eat right and exercise?

Deb:
When I was 16 dad bought me a membership to a gym and mom cooked special for me.

Question:
At any point in your childhood did you try to loose weight on your own? (no parent prodding you)

Deb:
No, in fact on Saturday morning when my parents were in bed we would eat cookies, frosted flakes, pop and ice cream for breakfast.

Question:
Do you feel you missed out on anything as a child because of your weight?

Deb:
Yes, I never felt as good as the other kids. I was made fun of every day. In grade school, I cried every day. I still remember the names of the mean kids that made fun of me.

Question:
Deb, is there anything you'd like to add about how childhood obesity affected your life?

Deb:
Yes, when I was 16 and dad bought the gym membership I also joined Weight Limited. I lost 35 pounds. I got into a go go dress and boots. I felt good about myself.

Now after losing 125 pounds I am happy about my life, and life has changed. I go dancing three days a week which is great exercise.

I do wish I could have gotten my weight under control as a small child. I wish I had learned to eat salad and good food and not drink soda pop. Maybe I wouldn't have had such a terrible weight problem.

My last question:
What advise would you give new parents that might help prevent childhood obesity?

Deb:
I would say don't start getting kids used to eating junk food and drinking soda. Offer them healthy foods and Rooibos loose leaf tea instead.

Thanks Deb for sharing your story.

In summary it seems that prevention is the best word to use here. Childhood obesity is a very real problem. It destroys self esteem and leads to many health problems. As a parent lead the way, offer healthy food and drink choices to your children. Encourage them to be active and exercise. Start them on the way to a healthy lifestyle. Leaf tea -- childhood obesity use tea and herbal tea to give kids a healthy start in life.

Learn more about healthy beverages for kids and adults

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