Why focus on the young?
high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer are all now childhood
problems. The reason? Today’s children are more overweight
than they have ever been.
childhood obesity epidemic has healthcare workers alarmed. This
generation of overweight children may die prematurely and never
live to see their own children and grandchildren grow up. We need
to act now.
more dangerous for a child to be overweight than for an adult.
Until about the age of 18, when children gain weight, they do
so by multiplying fat cells (that is, by increasing the number
of fat cells). After age 18, a person can no longer make any new
fat cells. Therefore, any weight gain after high school is a result
of blowing up or enlarging the fat cell. Regardless of age, whenever
someone loses weight, it occurs by shrinking the fat cells, not
by changing the number of fat cells. Consequently, when children
gain weight, they will then carry those fat cells with them for
the rest of their lives.
Why are so many of America's children overweight today?
is at epidemic levels for several reasons. First, today’s
parents are heavy; 64 percent of American adults are overweight,
and 31 percent are obese. Obesity is defined as being 30 pounds
above recommended weight, based on height. Many individuals who
think of themselves as overweight are disappointed to learn they
are actually “obese.” Because obesity dramatically
increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood
pressure, arthritis, and more, it’s easier to consider ourselves
overweight, when, in fact, more and more of us are obese. As being
overweight or obese becomes the norm, it’s easy to overlook
these problems in young people, which only increases their risk.
second reason children are overweight is because they don’t
get enough exercise. Studies have shown that four hours a day
of television, video, or computer use dramatically increase overweight.
Kids don’t go outside and play often enough. Recess and
physical education in school are at an all time low. Kids are
chauffeured rather than walking or riding bikes.
third reason for an increase in childhood obesity is the prevalence
of fast foods and snacks. The variety of high sugar snacks is
tremendous. All too often the norm, fast foods are laden with
fat and calories but severely lacking in nutrition and portion
control. If we supersize a child’s meal, is that not an
adult portion? And if these high-fat, high-calorie meals are not
enough of a problem, we then worsen it by ordering at a drive-through
window rather than at least getting out the car and walking inside.
fourth reason is soft drinks. A 12-ounce serving of soda contains
an average of 10 teaspoons of sugar. Those empty calories stimulate
appetite, fat cell growth, tooth dcay, and diabetes. In addition,
sugar disrupts the beneficial bacteria that normally live in our
mouth and through our intestinal tract.
What can parents do?
have the greats influence on children’s weight. They can
set an example with better eating habits, establish portion control,
encourage exercise, and make sure their children get all the nutrition
they need daily. Consider lifestyle changes that include the following:
an example by getting your own weight under control.
Encourage biking, tossing a ball, and tag, instead of surfing
to do errands. If you must drive, park far away from the door
of the mall rather than trying to that front spot.
soft drinks with water, fruit juice and herbal tea.
your child a good multiple vitamin and probiotic supplement
Why are supplements important?
Most children don’t eat enough vegetables.
Also, studies have demonstrated that children taking a multiple
vitamin are more focused on schoolwork and more attentive in the
classroom, so they achieve better grades. Look for a multiple
vitamin/mineral formula that doesn’t contain sugar.
a probiotic supplement daily is necessary for several reasons.
The sugar in soft drinks and snacks destroys the good bacteria
in the mouth and can promote tooth decay. Sugar is also the main
food source for bad bacteria and yeast in the stomach and intestines.
Taking probitoics every day assures that children maintain essential
friendly bacteria for good healthy. Choose a probitoic that is
fresh and contains a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria, including