Obesity On The Rise In Children

Childhood Obesity Growing Globally

A staggering 41 million children ages 5 and under are overweight or obese globally and that number is going to almost double in the next 10 years according to the latest studies.

The availability of sugary foods and drinks is one of the factors that may be causing this increase in young children’s obesity. Obesity rates seem to be increased in both low & middle-income families. These high obesity rates seem to be greatly increasing in both Asia and Africa.

Low-income families are both at the greatest risk of obesity and the most responsive to price change. In response to this, officials are calling for an increased tax on sugary liquids and foods to help combat these trends.

In China, India, and Brazil sales of sugary soft drinks have more then quadrupled over the last decade. Middle-income families are also buying an increase of packaged and highly processed foods worldwide.

Recommendations:

  • Tax sugary, unhealthy foods
  • Limit unhealthy foods marketing
  • Promote healthy foods
  • Make healthy foods more affordable
  • Promote physical activity
  • Make health education a priority

Who can help:

  • Health advocates such as
    • Chiropractors
    • Acupuncturists
    • Naturopaths
    • Dieticians
    • Ayurveda practitioners
    • Life/health coaches
    • Personal trainers

If you want to live a life of health and wellness please seek out these professionals to give you the foundation to a lifestyle that epitomizes health. The foods and drinks that were made to be an occasional treat have become daily staples in our lives.

“Everything in moderation, including moderation…” – Oscar Wilde

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REF:

LA Times “Number of overweight children grows globally” – Melissa Healy

Nutrition For Kids

Teaching Food Rules To Children

If you are a parent it is natural to want the best nutrition for your child. We need our children growing up strong and healthy. Here are some rules to consider that may lead to healthier eating habits in your child.

Research is suggesting that children have healthier diets when their parents place restrictions on what they can eat and train them to control their impulses. The University of Buffalo conducted a study on 9,000 American children starting at age 2, which looked at self-regulation of the children’s eating habits. The children’s diets and parents’ food rules were then checked again at age 4.

What Works Best:

The combination of parental rules and children being able to self-regulate their behaviors works best in teaching young children to eat healthy. Children need to have a choice when it comes to food, but those choices should be limited within the food rules set by parents. Teaching portion control to children is also an important aspect of setting food rules.

Parents’ rules as to the right kind of foods their children can and can’t eat have a great impact on a child’s eating habits. Without these rules children may be more likely to overeat or eat the wrong things, which may lead to obesity.

Remember:

Try to instill these rules for your children early on. Stay positive about eating habits (make an example of the good habits they are showing, not the bad habits). Make everyone in the family responsible. Keep a variety of options available to get the most nutrition for your children and keep it exciting. Don’t forget about the importance of physical activity.

Here is a link to some great starting tips of what your child’s nutrition should look like:

Child Nutrition

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REF:

http://consumer.healthday.com/vitamins-and-nutrition-information-27/food-and-nutrition-news-316/food-rules-for-toddlers-help-create-healthy-eating-habits-693583.html

Antibiotics and Obesity

Study may indicate link between antibiotics and childhood obesity

 

Parents often take their children to see their pediatrician for common ailments such as fever, ear infections, strep throat, etc. The most common medications that pediatricians prescribe for these illnesses are antibiotics. New research suggests that using antibiotics, especially broad-spectrum antibiotics, can increase children’s risk of obesity.

The study looked at children in their first 24 months being prescribed broad-spectrum antibiotics. They also looked at children who were prescribed four or more courses of antibiotics in that period. Approximately 65,000 records were taken from Pennsylvania and the surrounding region to be used in the study.

Results: Children prescribed antibiotics as described above were 11% more likely to be obese at some point between their 2nd and 5th years of age compared to children who had not taken antibiotics or were only prescribed narrow spectrum antibiotics that target specific disease causing bacteria.

Broad-spectrum: These types of antibiotics are used when doctors have not identified what bacterium is causing the infection. These antibiotics help with major systemic infections, or if the bacteria is resistant to other antibiotics. These types of antibiotics do not discriminate and kill off beneficial bacteria in the body as well as the bad. These antibiotics include: tetracycline, amoxocillin, moxifioxacin, ciprofloxacin, and streptomycin.

Meaning: The micro biome of the gut is crucial to a healthy life. The research suggests that early prescription of antibiotics can harm a baby’s beneficial bacteria and increase their risk of obesity later in life. It is the early times in a baby’s life during which they are creating a rich mixture of micro biota within their gut.

Remember: For some, obesity may have more to do with decisions made way before food preferences begin. Eating habits and lifestyle decisions play an important role in obesity later in life. The importance of a healthy gut is becoming more and more prevalent. Treat it right so it can take care of you throughout your lifetime!

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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.

Ref:

“antibiotics’ childhood obesity link” – LA Times

http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1909801