Weighing the Benefits of Childhood Self-Control

Share
Copy
Certainly, there are many factors influencing adult body weight. Nevertheless, study authors suggested that, "given the severity and intractability of the obesity epidemic, accounting for any of the variance in BMI may have practical implications."

In other words, teaching children self-control can be one of many tools in the arsenal to combat the obesity epidemic -- an idea with which other doctors agree.

"Beyond the well-known factors in the obesity equation -- diet and exercise -- parents and schools should focus on [self-control] as a target for education and prevention of obesity in the youth," said George Blackburn, chair in nutrition medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

In a culture where technology has afforded instant gratification in many things, this may be harder and harder to teach.

"Everything is instant now," said Keith Ayoob, associate professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "These subjects were children when there were no touch-tone phones, let alone hand-held devices, laptops, iPads, etc. Society today doesn't want to have to wait for anything, and to a large extent, we don't have to.

"As such, it can be easy to resent the waiting that is necessary for us to lose even a pound or two, let alone 20, 30 or 50 pounds, and the persistence that staying on a diet and activity regimen requires."

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 17014890.
Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Kanye West accepts the Vanguard Award onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images
PHOTO:Parker Posey, Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette in Wes Cravens Scream 3.
Joseph Viles/Dimension Films/Getty Images
PHOTO: The probable path of Hurricane Fred is seen in a graphic released by the NWS National Hurricane Center, Aug. 31, 2015.
NWS National Hurricane Center