Dieting is a obsession with a lot of people all over the world. There are hundreds of them out there that promise a lot and deliver very little. It is perhaps the person on the diet who is the most guilty though as it is important to go beyond the 2 week diet and make the whole process more of an ongoing lifestyle choice rather than a fad for a short period.
Perhaps in the run up to the holidays and Christmas period dieting becomes very important as people want to look their best at this time – maybe for a work party or to fit into a special outfit they’ve bought for the occasion. This 2 week period before Christmas and after New Year is the time when most people will endeavor to start a new diet but is this enough and can it really work?
Nobody is saying that it isn’t possible to lose weight in 2 weeks. It is. But this is not a long term structure or life style change that will have any significant long term benefits. Any diet should always be carefully researched as not all diets are suitable for everyone. If you are in any doubt if you – or more importantly your body – can cope with the demands of a particular diet then you should always consult your GP or local health professional.
Another important aspect of any diet you chose is also to try your best to do it in conjunction with an exercise program that will get your heart and body working in harmony to achieve the best results possible. Joining your local gym in the New Year as a resolution is great and should be applauded but just as diet needs to be a long term wellness choice then so does exercise. Always try and enjoy the exercise you do, there are plenty of different activities that will work your heart so find something you like and embrace it. Having fun at the same time as keeping fit always helps.
Teen smoking is a global epidemic and an increasing amount of money time and resources are being spent in trying to address the problem. The worrying trends, including the fact that 1 in 3 young people will now start smoking in their teens (or at least try it), have to be tackled with a view to reversing this trend – particularly in the US – as soon as possible.
The cause of the problem is probably just as worrying as the problem itself but it seems nobody can really point to a specific contributing factor to concentrate resources on. Peer pressure will always play a massive part in the decisions of teenagers and young people and drinking and teen smoking are 2 of the major vices that teens are often encouraged to try, and potentially abuse, by their friends.
Governments and health authorities have tried numerous ways to try and stop people smoking – in the older generations as well as in the young. But the problem remains that tobacco related products create a massive amount of revenue for governments and retailers alike so the full extent of their efforts is realistically likely to fall short. Highlighting the health risks doesn’t seem to work, emblazoning packets with pictures of diseased lungs doesn’t work and the images of celebrities smoking doesn’t help much either.
The propensity of the rich and famous that are all over social media with a cigarette between their lips does nothing but glamorize smoking – though at least the odd celebrity smoker does seem to have swapped the cigarettes for an ecig – which is a small positive step in the right direction. We can blame celebrities as much as we want though but the problem and the solution must come from a much more organized and co-ordinated approach of long term educations and socio-economic reform.
Just what the future holds for teen smoking and the health of the world when they are older I don’t think anyone can accurately predict.