Why Your Child Should Remain Active To Reduce Obesity

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(Written by Wendy Derbyshire and Edited by Elle Yi) The current statistics on obesity prove that childhood weight gain and obesity is on the increase. According to the most recent statistics showing in 2008, the rate of obesity among children and adolescents in the United States has nearly tripled between the early 1980s and 2006. This is due to unhealthy eating habits in your child, including irregular exercise, the regular consumption of sweet treats between, and a diet high in saturated fat. Some children can be fussy with their diet while other children will overeat and consume far too many calories.

Parents have a responsibility to encourage their child to eat healthily, but activity can go a long way to reducing weight gain in children. Think about taking your child regularly to a park with climbing equipment and a large field to encourage social activity with other children.

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Scared Your Child Might Get Obese?

(Written by Grace Beckett) Obesity is one of the major problems that affects both children and adults. Childhood obesity is very common now and the percentage of obese children has doubled in the last ten years. Obesity can lead to several health problems and it is crucial for parents to safeguard their children from it. Here are a few steps you can follow to prevent obesity in children.

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Sugar The Bitter Truth for Your Family

(Written by Elle Yi) tips for parents sugar the bitter truthHigh fructose corn syrup(HFCS) is a significant component in impulsive behaviors for people of all ages today. The diets for many kids today include daily sodas, ketchup and fruit juices that are packed with high fructose corn syrup.

Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at UCSF, did a presentation recently discussing how the biochemical negative feedback system in human beings is out of whack (after consuming foods the system tells the brain “I am done eating and now is the time to burn more calories for energy”). Fructose tricks your body into gaining weight by deceiving your metabolism. It turns off human body’s appetite-control system.

He predominantly focused on fructose and even revealed that fructose can be a poison. However, where fructose is found in nature there exists adequate amounts of fiber. Parents need to recognize the differences between natural fructose and processed fructose.

The following information has been gleaned from a 90-minute video titled Sugar the bitter truth, by Dr Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California. [Read more…]