Obesity has a significant impact on sexual health in males
One in four girls and one in five boys between the ages of 2 and 14 are overweight or obese. That’s two out of 10 children in South Africa. We are raising a nation of fat kids.
This is scary news for South Africans who struggle with their weight because obesity is life-threatening and puts us at risk of various diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart problems, strokes, cancer and high blood pressure.
The news is even more frightening for men because studies now show that obesity has a significant impact on sexual health in males. If young coming-of-age males are obese it leads to decreased testosterone levels. The more obese, the lower the testosterone. This ultimately leads to erectile dysfunction when these boys become men.
Did you know? Abnormal penile blood flow has been directly linked to high blood pressure. Put two and two together and you begin to understand how obese boys grow into young men with no sex drive.
Save your boys before it’s too late and help them understand how serious obesity is. Get them eating healthily and thinking about the food they put in their mouths. More importantly though, get them exercising. Regular fitness activities in the form of extra murals at school will help overweight boys to lose weight and keep it off.
If your son is over the age of 14, contact the Cambridge Weight Plan Centre to find out how we can help him achieve a healthy weight.
If you are a grown man and you think you may be overweight, even obese, here are 5 steps to get you on track to a real healthy lifestyle and sex life:
- Be honest with yourself – If you think you’re overweight, the chances are you have a weight problem.
- Be brave and check your BMI (Body Mass Index) – This will tell you just how overweight you are. A BMI of 25 means you’re overweight. If it’s sitting at 30 you’re considered obese and at 40 you are morbidly obese.
- Get started on the Cambridge Weight Plan (CWP) – Contact a CWP Consultant. This person will become your support system while you are on the CWP Plan.
- Replace bad foods with good foods in your kitchen – Stock up your fruit bowl with an abundant variety of fruit. Throw out high fat, high carb foods and foods containing loads of sugar. Replace with healthy CWP meals.
- Get used to drinking litres of water every day – It’s good for you. It cleans out toxins and assists with weight loss plus has numerous other health benefits. Read more about the importance of drinking water.
In South Africa, we believe that being overweight shows how affluent we are but this just isn’t true. We can’t argue with science where the facts show that obesity is dangerous and can shorten your lifespan.
Obesity has reached crisis level in South Africa. It has the fastest growth rate among pre-school children in Africa and South Africa has one of the highest child obesity rates.
Keeping this in mind parents should start changing their lifestyles and changing health attitudes at home. Get real with your children and especially get real with your boys. Men generally don’t take weight issues seriously because they are raised not to think about it. Weight doesn’t discriminate and choosing a healthy life promotes a healthy sex drive.
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