Vinluan: Physical Life: Growth Syndrome

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By Bobby Vinluan

Sports Psychology

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

EVERY corporeal life starts at birth when finally a child is separated from the support system a mother provides since conception and now faces the first stages of physical life. Grasping the first breath, the cry, and the first movements is the Childs’ first physical experience in the outside world.

Development 101 starts at this stage in life where health and fitness becomes a priority concern and responsibility of parents. This stage is carefully watched by parents as the health and fitness syndrome becomes more a challenging experience for a child and where physical development is critically a priority.

The one on one care supplemented with the proper nutrition keeps the child grow stronger, developing mind and body, and starts the child’s physical machinery to utter words, distinguishes, and play. However, maybe a tenth of the number of children are not given the same opportunity of development.


Comparing undernourishment to being overweight are two distinct problems of growth aside from other related illnesses in children. While undernourishment greatly affects development and contribute to the collapse of health and fitness, having too much to eat leads to child obesity that causes risks of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, bone and joint problems, depression and low self- esteem in children.

In the Philippine setting, may be a lower percentage match children with obesity at ages 3 to 5 years and those with ages between 6 and 18, but with a higher percentage for undernourished children that needs greater attention on how to avert both problems.

Although the government and private institutions are doing programs to undermine the problems to enhance physical and mental development among children. It is a fact that we must consider the factors that affect the physical growth among Filipino children.

Physical development like any other health and fitness programs can be affected by the environment of a child; parents must have knowledge of rearing the child from health care to nutrition and the morals in honing the child in mind, body, and spirit. Growth syndromes like other health and fitness problems are also affected by the family lifestyle, the attitude and guidance provided for the growing child.

Physical life is given and its extent determined by health and fitness, it is a gift that must be given utmost care because getting fit for life has never been this much fun, and having the right growth environment will make the difference.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 13, 2014.


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