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By Tony Ekaidem 

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It’s very common now to find among kids within the range of 5 and 14 years old to be over-weight.  They usually fall under the category of kids with rich parents or parents that think” they’ve arrived” as the saying goes. The trend of eradicating the history of one’s humble beginnings is becoming more popular with people of means. It usually manifests by allowing their kids to eat all the things they didn’t have while growing up, which results in child obesity.

Look around you and you’ll find truth in this. Go to popular places, take a seat and just look around; you’ll see what I see. Go to Silverbird Galleria or The Palms in Lekki and you be the judge, jury and executioner!

Are you and your kids literally eating your money? Are trying to over-compensate with your kids? Have you turned your home into a fattening room for you and your kids? Do you regard your pot belly as a status symbol with pride? Are you guilty of these crimes? If you’re not yet guilty of these crimes, do you plan to do so “when you arrive”? If your answer is yes to even one of these questions, you have yourself a big problem!

Having more money doesn’t mean you have to try your hardest to eat the difference that’s left. Being rich doesn’t mean and is not synonymous with being fat! The same applies to your kids.  Let’s look at examples of rich people who haven’t eaten away their fortune

Sir Richard Branson, Aliko Dangote, Bill Gates, Queen of England, Paris Hilton, Mark Zuckerberg and many others.

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 About the Author

Tony Ekaidem is a graduate of Human Anatomy from the University of Calabar. He was inducted into the World Taekwondo Hall of Fame as a Master Instructor in 2011. He is a Senior Master Instructor (SMI) in the art of Jidokwan Taekwondo and is a licensed 5th degree black belt holder with more than 15 years of experience.

He regularly conducts private one on one training sessions in martial arts, taebo, yoga, strength training, diet and nutrition consultation. He is the founder of The Body Alchemist, focused on improving health and promoting healthy lifestyles and wellness amongst individuals and corporate bodies within Nigeria.

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This article was first published on 17th April 2012 and updated on May 10th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

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