I read an interesting article in the newspaper today about childhood obesity. Did you know that 27% of all Americans ages 17-24 are too heavy to join the armed services, according to a new report by the retired officers.
"The EarlyBird Diabetes Study looked at 226 British families and found that :
- Obese mothers are 10 times more likely to have obese daughters
- Obese fathers are 6 times more likely to have obese sons
- There is no association between obese mothers and obese sons, obese fathers and obese daughters"
Over 2300 pre-school children, attending 105 nurseries around Greece, were recruited into the study during 2004. Researchers collected data on weight and height and used this to calculate body mass index (BMI). Children were then classified as ‘normal’, ‘at risk of overweight’ or ‘overweight’ depending upon their BMI. At the same time, parents were asked to complete questionnaires about their age, educational level and weight and height. Parental BMI was then estimated.
The results showed that 32% of the children were overweight, which is much higher than the 21% expected using international predictions.Children with 1 obese parent were almost twice as likely to be overweight than children whose parents were of normal weight. Children with two obese parents were 2.4 times more likely to be overweight.
The authors concluded that parental BMI strongly influenced whether or not a child was overweight."
- White Bread. We all need more fiber! - Do 100% whole wheat flour bread.
- Fruit Snacks. They are not fruit! - Try dried fruit or fresh fruit.
- Hot Dogs. They might as well be made of dogs! - try nitrate/nitrite free deli meats
- Trans Fats. Any thing that has the word "partially-hydrogenated . . . .". - most organic crackers/snacks are trans fat free
- High Fructose Corn Syrup. - If you cut out the amount of processed foods your family eats, this will go away on its own.