Childhood Obesity and Carbohydrate Intake: Review of a Recent Study

I think it’s safe to say that we all know obesity is a problem in this country. Sometimes we might be in denial about what an enormous problem it is, but once you pay attention and look around, you realize we have an epidemic on our hands. This is going to cripple our nation in terms of rising health care costs, inability to work, and general lack of joy and vitality in one’s life. It’s not just costly, it’s just sad.

The even scarier situation on the horizon is the thousands of kids who are now facing this terrible scenario at such a young age. Children are now being diagnosed with pre-diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This is often in direct correlation to their weight. It’s not just the older children either. Kids as young as 3 or 4 are seeing these elevated numbers on their lab results. The question is: what do we do about it?

I worked in WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) clinic for some time after graduating from gra

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Tips On Preventing Child Obesity

Due to the influx of technology to mitigate the complexity of today’s lives, the rise of fast food and ready-made over the counter foods arise. Although these types of foods minimize the burden of most career-driven mothers; they are also major contributors to obesity as well. Moreover, the rise of technology and the widespread use of gadgets and online gaming also plays a great part in obesity. Read on if you want to know some tips on how to prevent obesity in children.

  1. Healthy Eating Habits

Eating healthy food means serving children with organic green and leafy vegetables; include fruits in their diet as well. Instead of giving children with bread and pastries it is better to serve them with fruits for their snacks. Foods rich in protein are essential like lean meat, white meat, and legumes. Serving them with non-fat or low-fat milk is also significant for the formation of their teeth and bones. As much as possible, let kids drink plenty of water

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How Today’s Video Games Can Be Linked to Childhood Obesity

When we got our first computer it came with games. Card games and computer games. While the card games took up time, they didn’t really pull any of us into the computer. The games did. This is a problem when you have two toddlers, which we did at the time.

Hours of Screen Time: Have you ever tallied up all the time you spend in front of a screen? We have our computers, cell phones, televisions and video games. Many of us use all of them every day. That adds up to hours sitting and staring.

This isn’t good for our eyes and it’s even less so for our waist lines. Unless you have an interactive exercise game all of that time is probably from a seated position. The only thing getting exercised might be our fingers.

Addictive: When we’re playing a game anything that disturbs us is annoying. The adrenaline is flowing and we don’t want to stop. This is very much like the symptoms of an addiction. We can hea

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Childhood Obesity – The Physical Effects

We parents want what’s best for our children. We’re careful about immunizations, we take them to the dentist and eye doctor regularly. We don’t plan for childhood obesity to be a problem, but it happens. This article is about why we need to tackle the problem.

High Blood Pressure: Obesity does not discriminate on age when obesity is involved. There are children who have to take medication to control their blood pressure and it’s a growing trend. High blood pressure can cause kidney problems, heart disease and strokes. If it’s not found early those problems will happen at a much younger age than most of us think.

High Cholesterol: After blood pressure, this is a given. In fact, under the right conditions children should start having their cholesterol checked as early as two. Children as young as ten are finding themselves taking medications for this problem.

Diabetes: Most of us reco

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Why Whole Foods Can Help Your Child Avoid Childhood Obesity

You’ve heard it before – you are what you eat. And while this is just a statement, it is surprisingly true. What we feed our children will impact them for the rest of their lives. If we feed our children healthy foods, they will grow to be healthy. If, however, we feed our children fatty foods, they will grow to be obese. If your child is on their way to childhood obesity, start changing the way they eat now! A whole foods diet can help your child to avoid childhood obesity. To find out how, continue reading this article. Throughout the article we will discuss the many ways that a whole foods diet can keep your child at a healthy weight and in a healthy state.

If we want to know how a whole foods diet can help prevent childhood obesity, we must first understand what factors contribute to weight gain. Let’s speak about some of these factors, beginning with calories.

As we all know, when we are on a diet, we are supposed to count our calories. This is b

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Gardening’s Effect on Childhood Obesity

When we were growing up every member of the family had a garden. Some of us had more than one. They weren’t tiny flower beds. Some were about the size of a football field. It didn’t occur to us that helping in the garden was good for us, but it was.

Exercise: A 70 pound child can burn between 95 and 127 calories gardening for one hour. It is considered a cardio workout as well, so doing this at least three days a week is a healthy amount of exercise.

Muscle Groups: Working in a garden can employ many muscle groups. Weeding requires fine motor skills as does many types of harvesting. Kids that are old enough to use a hoe or hand tiller use larger muscle groups.

Fresh Air: Only one of the family gardens was in a town. In fact, three of them were well outside of city limits, including the farm we lived on. We were outside in the fresh air. After living in a suburb for more than thirty years I can tell y

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The Connection Between Technology And Childhood Obesity

Today, it is hard to imagine life without a computer or television and other electronic gadgets that have become so commonplace since the advent of modern technology that it is leaving us and our children with little time to enjoy nature and the outdoors. Not so long ago, parents derived much pleasure from seeing their kids cavorting in the outdoors beneath the sun or climbing trees and remaining somewhat more active than the kids of today who have found a virtual world in which to remain engrossed. Thus, technology and childhood obesity are closely related because we have now become accustomed to having our eyes glued to the computer screen or television screen and are otherwise taken up with different forms of electronic entertainment.

Boob-Tube And More Boob-Tube

The new lifestyle that has taken over our children’s lives leaves little time for them to exercise, go out and remain otherwise active and it is far removed from the lifestyle our parents enjoyed many

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Preventing Your Child From Becoming Obese

Obesity has become a significant problem befalling most Americans, and much worse, children have become the latest victims of obesity. Did you know that approximately 43% of children in the United States are obese? Well, it is a shocking development, but that is only an indication that parents need to take extra care to prevent their children from becoming obese. Fortunately, the condition of obesity is one that can be managed and prevent you from saving your doctor’s phone number on speed dial.

Preventing child obesity is just a matter of monitoring your child’s diet and engaging them in physical activities. Firstly, it is important to note that obesity is mostly a diet problem. You should avoid giving your child a lot of sugary or fatty snacks and always try to give your child foods low on cholesterol. Your child’s foods should consist of vegetables, whole-grains, and fruits. You might also consider providing some dairy products for your child. Too much fo

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Fighting Childhood Obesity in America With A Hula Hoop

Remember how fun hula hooping was when you were a kid. It didn’t matter whether you were a boy or a girl, it was fun. Bet you never thought about how beneficial it was to your health at that time while you were doing it. You were just playing. Try to do it now and see how well you do it or how long you last. This was the challenge given to me by one of my daughters a while back. I had no idea what I was in for. Even as a healthy adult I stunk at it… And I used to be good. I can bench 320 lbs but could not hula hoop more than 2 or 3 rotations. It whooped my tale. It’s because I kept trying over and over and over. And then it dawned on me, a hula hoop provides an explosive core workout.

My challenge for all of you is to have your kids put down the remote or game controller for 30 minutes every day and offer challenges to them with a hula hoop. Make it fun and exciting. Kids love a challenge and you will too. Hooping on a regular basis is a great way to narrow

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Childhood Obesity: Simple Changes, Big Rewards

A wise man – or woman – once said that “it’s the small things in life that matter.” This philosophy could not ring more true than when applied to one’s health and wellness. There is no one thing that, if done (no matter how consistently), will assure good health. Rather, it’s the culmination of many single, relatively small behaviors that, all-together and over time, will foster a healthy body.

With this in mind, I’m often asked what choices my family makes relative to nutrition and fitness that keeps us all healthy and fit. My specific answer to this enduring question often varies, but always simply conveys easy ways to make healthy options the norm in a family’s daily routine rather than the exception – and without the family feeling any sense of loss or deprivation.

What, you ask, might some of these sure-fire yet simple success strategies be? Read on, my friend, for some oh so easy ways to make health

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