Comments (0)June 15th, 2010Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Healthy Eating Tips

Childhood Obesity Is Everyone’s Problem

The very future of the developing world is at stake as a result of our growing problem with obesity. It is time to turn this deadly trend around. The obesity epidemic is claiming ever younger victims. One-third of all American children are overweight. They are at risk of serious diseases that can cut their lives short. Research calculations indicate that the growing risk of serious obesity-related illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, could lower the current average life expectancy by as much as five years. If this epidemic is not reversed we will see children living shorter lives than their parents. Char rooms such as the %LINK2% are full of people discussing the problems that are faced by the problems that are being caused by childhood obesity.

People today have become exceedingly reliant on high-fructose corn syrup, refined grains, processed foods and artificial sweeteners. All of these are part of a recipe for big-time weight gain. It is the number one source of calories in the US.
If you understand this, then you’re on your way toward understanding what the real answer to the problem is. Fructose converts into fat far more than any other sugar.
In addition, the fact that most fructose is consumed in liquid form, such as soda, which magnifies its negative metabolic effects.

Programs such as the one found at %LINK1% limit or eliminate fructose from your diet, which is of primary importance if you want to protect your health and well-beingand this holds true for children as well as adults. Processed foods are yet another major source of HFCS. They provide very few natural nutrients. Most Americans spend 90 percent of their food money on processed foods, which promises to make you pack on the pounds ,

Removing temptation doesn’t necessarily teach your children to make healthy choices on their own. It’s important to remember that children learn most of their health habits at home. There are a few guidelines that can be followed to help a child.

Replace sugary juices and soft drinks with pure water. Children can easily cut down on the amount of sugar they eat by eliminating soda and juice and only drinking water.
It’s important for parents to encourage their children to eat healthy whenever possible. This does not mean you should not allow your child to eat when he’s hungry, however. Children need calories and nutrients to grow and develop. Make sure to encourage healthy foods geared for your child’s nutritional type, and bypass junk and processed foods.
Decrease or eliminate TV time and remove the TV from your child’s bedroom
TV is often a destructive influence on children. Not only does it encourage inactivity. It also exposes them to commercials promoting worthless foods. Just as you don’t want your child exposed to ads for cigarettes during Saturday morning cartoons, neither should your kids be bombarded by non-stop commercials for sugary foods and snacks.

Exercise is extremely important for all children. Your overweight or obese child needs at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, and major studies have shown that 60 minutes a day is best.
Any activity that gets your child up and away from the television set, video game or computer is a good idea even if it means breaking out the old video that has a %LINK3% on it..

Creating health is actually quite simple when you get right down to it. It’s a matter of returning to the basics of whole, fresh, organically-grown foods packed with all the nutrients your body needs. Team that with exercise and proper sleep, and you have the recipe for growing an optimally healthy child.

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