Many people hear the word metabolism used in common health conversations such as, “I have a very high metabolism.” or “I have a very low metabolism.” Even though we often use this word almost everyday do we really know what it means and its relation to both weight loss and weight gain?
Metabolism is the energy used for your body to function , including burning calories and breaking down food. A calorie is the amount of energy a food or drink provides when you eat it. Your body’s metabolism is constantly burning a continuous amount of calories to provide energy needed. Healthy foods help your metabolism regularly perform its function and fatty, greasy foods slows it down, this may cause people to become overweight and obese. This explains the common beliefs about fast and slow metabolisms. Metabolism is based on body composition, the greater percentage of muscle, the higher the metabolism.
Children have a higher metabolism than adult because children are more physically active than adults and their bodies burn calories faster. Their metabolic system can be easily shaped since they are young and it can also be affected by growth hormones and puberty.
In conducting interviews with people and their thoughts on metabolism I learned that people really don’t have an understanding of what metabolism really is. “Hmm, I guess I can say that metabolism is what fuels the body,” said James Mickens, security guard for Martin Luther King Jr. Library. He added there should be more recreational center activities for the kids and more programs to get them moving. “It is a regulatory device used to burn fuel,” said librarian Liane Rosenblatt. Each of these interviewees agreed that children of this generation are less likely to have a high metabolism because they aren’t as active as they used to be when they were children. “Look at the kids today, sitting around with all this social media; they need to get outside,” Rosenblatt added.
In my opinion, its all about knowledge and awareness. The more adults and teenagers that are aware of health issues and what can be done to prevent them, the more children will want to participate and be more healthy. Also, children should encourage each other to be more physically active so that they can have high metabolisms and healthy diets. Since it is summer time children can take group trips to the pool and play team sports that everyone is familiar with. Making their own healthy snacks like apple slices, and carrot sticks with peanut butter is an alternative instead of spending money on junk food. Older kids can encourage younger children to use technology in a positive way such as looking for resources to get kids engaged in other activities than watching t.v.and playing video games.
Student Ambassador: Tameka Evans