Table of Contents
- Why Is My Child So Overweight?
- Obesity Is Not the Disease – Processed Food Is!
- Childhood Obesity Statistics
- Causes of Childhood Obesity
- What Do I Do If My Child Is Overweight?
- High Fructose Foods List
- Childhood Obesity Prevention
Why Is My Child So Overweight?
Like many words that end up getting either overused, or used entirely incorrectly, the word “pandemic” certainly falls into both those categories. Real pandemics are obvious to everybody. They don’t need constant and relentless advertising campaigns to convince people that they are bad (or real). Especially if the people are surviving them at a rate of very close to 100 per cent.
I think the overweight/obesity rate of nearly 2/3 of the population of North American adults qualifies as a pandemic, far more than some other things that probably come to mind for anybody. You can look around and see that a very large percentage of us are overweight, with no billboards or other advertizements shoving it in our faces, constantly.
But Obesity Is Not the Disease
The real “pandemic” is not obesity, though. It is fast food, processed food and really the “convenience” that leads us to them so regularly.
Obesity and being overweight are the consequences of the actual problem. And in most cases, and for the most part, the consequences can be avoided. Their is still good food available. At least for now. Or at least many much better choices than pizza, or MacDonald’s. See our previous article here listing common healthy foods, and why they are healthy.
Childhood Obesity Statistics
As mentioned, nearly 2/3 of adults in North America are overweight or obese. Children are around 1/3, at last count. And the childhood obesity statistics surely don’t look like they will be improving any time soon.
The rate of obesity in children is climbing fast. And diabetes, heart disease and cancer are climbing right along with it, strangely enough…
Causes of Childhood Obesity
Mercola says, in essence, that the food system in these current times has become exceedingly reliant on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), refined grains, processed foods and artificial sweeteners, all of which make up a recipe for serious weight gain (not to mention poor health, in general).
He goes on to say that if we can understand this, then we’ll be on our way toward understanding what the real answer to the problem is.
What Do I Do If My Child Is Overweight?
The first things that comes to my mind, and I think rightly so, are soda drinks and fake fruit juice substances. This is because of their high fructose content, and so anything with lots of fructose (especially high-fructose corn syrup) are simply terrible.
Also, contrary to some myths we have been fed over the years, breakfast cereal is not healthy, and neither is most bread that is not whole grain and free of chemicals and dies and sugar.
We’re going to skip over the real obvious things, which you are aware of. But just in case, here are a few more things to eliminate that many people might not have realised are making them and their family fat:
High Fructose Foods List
- Canned fruit
- Jams and many other spreads (read the labels)
- Most sauces, condiments and dressings. Ketchup is very bad!
- Granola and cereal bars
- Processed cheese
- Boxed or frozen dinners
- Flavored yogurt
- Anything that claims to be fat-free. When they remove the fat, guess what they replace it with? Just guess.
Avoid Fructose, especially High-fructose corn syrup, which is used as a sweetener in nearly everything, because it is cheaper than table sugar. And it is at least as bad for you.
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Many children will likely become obese as adults, even if with a healthy diet as kids. This is common among people who have had early childhood trauma, particularly sexual abuse.
Childhood sexual abuse is much more common than people care to realise. We won’t go into that here, but the emotions underlying childhood sexual abuse are strongly tied to obesity and other serious health problems.
It can be discouraging and even counterproductive for a person dealing with these issues, while trying to do all the right things to lose weight. I hope the above article helps you if this is something that may ring true with you.
Anyway, I’ll wrap up by saying something that is very obvious, I’m sure…
Childhood obesity prevention won’t likely be as simple as not eating junk food. It is also largely due to lack of physical activity. You know what all the culprits are. Television and video games are as unhealthy as being beat over the head all day with the business end of a shovel.
But a person should consider that a poor diet is very probably contributing to their child’s inactivity. Nobody is going to have any energy if they are eating nothing but sugar!
Of course, you can’t have your eye on your children all of the time…
I’m leaving it there, lest I overstep.