I amglad you all en­joyed this is­sue so much. Find out more about the Diet Di­vas’ ex­er­cise and meal plans on our web­site. Karen, edi­tor

Friday - - LETTERS - DR SAD­HANA UMESH, VIA EMAIL ARPANA MALVIYA, VIA EMAIL WA­HEEDA AH­MAD, VIA EMAIL

loved read­ing about the var­i­ous as­pects of weight loss in the May 30 is­sue of Fri­day. Be­ing a doc­tor, I would like to point out that prob­lems re­lat­ing to obe­sity start at an early age when our food habits form. Once we get used to eat­ing cer­tain kinds of foods, it is dif­fi­cult to change the habit.

As re­cent re­ports have shown, obe­sity is not only a prob­lem in the UAE, but across the world as well. The cul­ture of moth­ers cook­ing high­calo­rie foods for their kids needs to be re­viewed. Par­ents should en­cour­age their chil­dren to eat more fruit and veg­eta­bles in­stead of pro­cessed foods, es­pe­cially as snacks, and stop stock­ing their fridges with high-calo­rie foods like chocolates, ice creams and fizzy drinks.

Some kind of phys­i­cal ex­er­cise should also be em­pha­sised.

All this is pos­si­ble only if par­ents lead by ex­am­ple. If, as a so­ci­ety, we fol­low these sim­ple mea­sures, there will be no need for weight­loss pro­grammes and pro­fes­sional in­ter­ven­tion. fter read­ing your diet is­sue from cover to cover, I re­alised that di­et­ing, ex­er­cis­ing, eat­ing healthily, etc are no longer fads of the rich but rel­e­vant con­cerns that af­fect all of us.

Over the years, obe­sity has be­come an epi­demic that is the cause of all kinds of health prob­lems and not only does it af­fect our phys­i­cal well-be­ing, but our emo­tional health as well.

It’s about time par­ents, teach­ers and all re­spon­si­ble mem­bers of so­ci­ety make a con­scious choice to lead a life­style that is healthy and en­cour­age and ed­u­cate our kids to do the same.

If we adults don’t, then nei­ther will the next gen­er­a­tion. The writ­ing is on the wall and it’s time we take it se­ri­ously. he diet is­sue was ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous. I es­pe­cially en­joyed the self-help (‘What kind of a weight watcher are you?’) and the health (‘Stub it out once and for all’) fea­tures. The Diet he ar­ti­cle on smok­ing was very in­for­ma­tive (‘Stub it out once and for all’, May 30). I was shocked by the num­ber of young smok­ers in our so­ci­ety. Since par­ents are clearly un­able to pre­vent their kids from tak­ing up this toxic habit, I think it is time that schools took the re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that these kids re­alise the dam­age they are in­flict­ing upon them­selves.

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