Why is the obesity crisis rolling over our fittest groups of male teens and young adults? Well, they're as likely to gobble fast, processed and fatty food as everyone else, and in the off-season, when their calorie expenditure drops, they often keep eating the same unhealthy calories as they did mid-season. That causes BIG weight gain -- putting an extra strain on the heart and kidneys, and triggering joint pain and depression.
If you want to help your son avoid packing on fatty pounds, point out what a good player the Browns' wide receiver Travis Benjamin is at 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 175 pounds. And help him set out a nutritional plan that builds muscle, power and flexibility.
Don't rely on red meat for protein; think skinless chicken, fish, legumes and whole grains.
Avoid all beverages with added sugars and any sugar syrups (he'll have to read food labels).
Develop a taste for a variety of vegetables and make sure to eat them every day.
If, in the next couple of years, he develops into a really big guy and wants to play the line, convince him that it's better to emulate players like Michael Strahan (so big, so fast), not players like William “Refrigerator” Perry.
Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Email your health and wellness questions to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen at youdocsdaily(at sign)sharecare.com.
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