Overweight & Obesity in Children:

The number of overweight U.S. children is increasing.


According to the National Center for Health Statistics indicate 15% of children ages 6 to 18 were overweight, up  6%, 15% of youngsters ages 6 to 19 and 10% of children 2 through 5 were considered seriously overweight.  Sources: AHA, NIH, CDC, NHNES.

Obesity in children has become a top priority for health professionals in the United States.  More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight and 30% suffer from obesity, but there has been a dramatic increase in childhood obesity.  In the United States, the percentage of overweight or obese children has doubled over the past 30-years to 25% of the under -19 year old population.

Overweight and obesity are caused by an imbalance between food consumption and energy expenditure and experts agree that this is probably due to changes in diets as they’re increasingly high in fat and carbohydrates.  According to Dr. Francine Kaufman, former president of the American Diabetes Association and head of pediatric endocrinology at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, children are increasingly exposed to genetic and environmental “triggers” that can lead to obesity and possibly diabetes.

fitness-farm-complications-of-childhood-obesityThe American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents American pediatricians, points out that obesity isn’t something called “body mass index” (or BMI), a mathematical formula that takes into account both the child’s weight and height The increasing percentage of children suffering from obesity has put children at risk for complications of obesity both in childhood and adult life.  A child who is overweight has a greater chance of becoming an overweight adult.  A teen with “baby” fat has a 75% plus chance of becoming overweight, putting them at high risk for diabetes, heart problems, cancer, high blood pressure and other serious diseases.  High cholesterol has even been discovered in some toddlers today.

Don’t forget, I was a chubby baby, fat child, and graduated to an obese adult topping at 311 pounds.Features-SMH

The Academy has proposed a number of approaches to help reduce the growing epidemic of obesity among American children.  This includes that physicians should regularly track each child’s BMI to more efficiently recognize excessive weight gain in relation to height.  It has also proposed that families should be educated to understand the important impact they have on their children’s development of lifelong habits of nutritious eating and regular physical activity.

Dietary practices should encourage moderate eating rather than over-consumption and rather than trying to control children’s eating practices, parents should encourage healthful choices; for example, nutritious snacks can include vegetables and fruit, *low-fat” dairy foods, and *whole grains,” as mentioned in the proposals put forward by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

According to a recent U.S. study, children who suffer from migraine headaches are 36% more likely to be overweight.

fatkid2 To Conclude:

Instead of treating us like one-size-fits-all, it’s time that they (powers that be), understood that we’re as unique as our fingerprints, and no 1 or 2 programs will work for the masses.

Until people find out where they may be nutrient deficient, and work towards becoming nutrient sufficient you can’t win the battle!

Allergy testing is so very important and I can honestly say – it changed my life – I sadly found out that everything I liked at the beginning of my journey, yes even the so-called healthier foods – I was either intolerant to, or allergic to.  But once I decided I wanted to live and not die – I changed one thing a week and that worked for me.  It was only a couple of weeks when I started feeling some of my symptoms retreat – and that, you know, was great encouragement for me – as I know it can be for many of YOU!

Another reason allergy testing, in my opinion is so important is because you don’t want to be feeding, what may be a very good food to someone who has an intolerance or allergy to it.  Being a Doctor of Nutritional Science I look at the whole picture and suffering for half of my life has given me insight that many other professionals only read about – I’ve had to live it – which today becomes a blessing to those I work with!fatkid3

My approach is to work with the whole family.  You don’t have a fat child without the help of the parents, grandparents, etc.  Health is a “family affair” and because I have lived the life – my approach is more personal as I teach each person in the family to care for each others good health.

Once I plan your personal roadmap – they each have assignments which affect each other, and so they become “health buddies” – from the youngest to the oldest.  It’s very exciting to see the kids start teaching their parents what nutrients are in an apple or help them remember how to “food combine” properly.

FatKidParents, it took you 9 month waiting for this ‘love child’ – isn’t it worth taking at least that same amount of time to feed them properly?  It’s called a “kitchen” and you all participate – help your kids to be well by seeing that you’re not putting poisonous, chemicals into their bodies.  If grandmother couldn’t buy it – nor should you.

Something to think about – it isn’t happening to the other kids – today, it’s happening two many!

It’s not about the FAT,

It’s about YOUR HEALTH!

Isn’t it time for you to start – Planning for Tomorrow’s Good Health  – TODAY!(TM)

Dr. Rhonda


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