We’ve all heard the old adage “you are what you eat.” But what if you’re also what you ate as a child? Can children’s diets continue to affect them throughout the rest of their lives? Is it possible that excess fat and sugar in a child’s diet can change their microbiome for the worse?
The United States CDC says over 42 percent of adults and 18 percent of children are obese. Both numbers continue to rise. This epidemic costs the nation $147 billion (USD) annually. Change is needed to reverse the course of this dangerous trend. Could part of the solution involve restaurant menus?
Be honest. During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, you’ve indulged on an oversized meal once or twice. An extra slice of pizza, extra sweets or second helping of comfort food. Occasional overeating probably won’t ruin your health. Making it a habit, however, is a recipe for serious health issues.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and numerous other public health experts told us that lockdowns and stay-at-home orders were the best path to mitigation for COVID-19 coronavirus. But did they consider the health risks of those lockdowns. A new study reveals an unintended consequence: higher childhood obesity rates.
For parents, rewarding children with food can sometimes seem like an easy fix for behavioral challenges. Kids respond to delicious treats, after all. But is this a dangerous habit that threatens the health of children?
Obesity puts you at risk for a variety of life-altering or life-threatening conditions and diseases. These include cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, decreased cognition and a weak immune system. These are all common “side effects” of aging, too. Is obesity just accelerated or premature aging?
Your kids just put in a great game! Win or lose, they went all out and worked their tails off. Now it’s time for a post-game snack! They earned it, right? It’s a tradition, after all. But is it a tradition that’s actually making your kids fatter and less healthy?
Obesity – especially childhood obesity – is a hot topic in America. For many parents, it is a horrifying specter haunting their children as they grow. While many dietary plans may help them grow healthy, lean and strong, there’s one surefire way to make sure they become obese.
This study is interesting, if not conclusive. Meta-analyses lack a clear indication of cause and effect. For that reason, they are not the ultimate scientific research tool. That being said, when a systematic review and meta-analysis reviews 28 studies from seven different countries and involves more than 21,000 kids between the ages of 1 and… Continue reading Lower Risk of Obesity and Overweight For Kids Who Drink Whole Milk
Childhood obesity has been an emotionally charged, near panic-inducing topic in the US and beyond for decades. New programs are repeatedly thrown at the issue in the hopes of “stemming the tide” of childhood obesity. Public policy on the issue has committed tens of billions of taxpayer dollars. In the media, in schools and even… Continue reading Childhood Obesity and Gut Bacteria