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


10 Steps to Loving Your Size & Heart

In the United States, heart disease affects about 9 million adults, killing 1 every 37 seconds. 

Heart attackBut the good news – which; Dr. Philip Ades, author of the new book Eating for a Healthy Heart has made it his mission to spread the news that heart-disease is mostly preventable.  Research shows that up ti 90 percent of heart disease can be prevented by changing one’s diet, exercising more, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking.  I’ve been preaching this for 30 years and I applaud Dr. Ades.

To reduce your risk why not make a decision to follow these 10 simple steps:

Step #1: Know your numbers:

Note: I do not read the laboratory ranges as these are for the most part not well people.  We are a pretty sick society and in functional/integrated healthcare we look for the optimal ranges so that the patient is really getting well.  I will note my acceptable range beside the clinical ranges.

High blood cholesterol is linked with about 0ne-third of heart disease cases worldwide, according to data from the United Nations.  Your blood cholesterol (lipid profile) is made up of several readings: high density cholesterol (HDL), low-density cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (TG).  LDL cholesterol and triglycerides are often referred to as “bad” cholesterol; high levels (greater than 160 mg/dL(120) and 200 mg/dL (180),  respectively) are considered  risk factors for developing heart disease.

On the other hand, “good” HDL protects against cardiovascular disease.  (A healthy HDL target is 60 mg/dL(40) or higher.)  But an undesirable  lipid profile doesn’t mean that developing heart disease is inevitable.  Research shows that changing your diet for the better (HealthTest©) can help lower “bad” LDL and TG levels, as well as increase “good” HDL cholesterol, if they’re out of healthy ranges.  Ask your doctor about running a VAP or comprehensive Lipid Profile.

Step #2: Calculate your risk:

Having multiple factors for heart disease increases your risk exponentially.  For example, if you
smoke, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, any one of these factors doubles your likelihood of developing heart disease in the next 6-years.  But having all 3 increases your chance eightfold.  The good news – just treating any one of these risk factors effectively – you quit smoking or bring your cholesterol into a healthy range, halves your likelihood of developing heart disease (i.e., you’ll have 4 times, rather than 8 tines, the risk of someone who doesn’t have any of these risk factors).

Step #3: Lose weight if you need to:Fitness Time

Losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight – about 8 to 15 pounds if you start at 150, will result in better blood pressure, lower risk for diabetes and improved cholesterol levels, research suggests.  Are you toting around too many pounds? There are 2 ways to find out.  First, calculate your body mass index (BMI).  If you don’t know how to do this, let me know and I’ll send you the information free of course: inquiries@drhenry.com.
A normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9.  A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is overweight, and 30 and above is considered obese.  Some complain that if you’re muscular or “large-boned,” you may get a BMI that suggests you’re overweight when you’re really not.  I this is you, strip down to your underwear and stand sideways in front of a full-length mirror.  If your abdomen droops or sticks out, the high BMI is correct.  If it’s flat and firm, your BMI may, indeed, be incorrect.

Step #4: Slash your intake of saturated fat:

Butter, sour cream, Mayo.  These foods, as well as fatty cuts of meats, are high in the saturated fats that elevate “bad” LDL cholesterol, leading to plaque build-up in arteries.  Limit saturated fats to 5 percent or less of your total calories (divide your weight by 12 to get the daily total limit in grams).  For example, try replacing butter with vegetable-based oils, particularly olive and canola oil, both of which contain good amounts of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and by swapping in lean poultry, fish and beans for higher-fat m eats.   Don’t get discouraged, at the end of this article I will make your life much easier – my customized HealthTest©) will STOP, The Food & Vitamin Guessing Game!

Step #5: Get rid of the junk food: 

food addictMany packaged snacks, crackers, bakery goods and some margarines contain artificial trans fats (a.k.a. hydrogenated oils), which increase “bad” LDL even more than saturated fats, according to recent research by Walter Willett, M.D., at the Harvard School of Public Health.

In a 2003 interview with Eating Well, Willett blamed trans fats for millions of unnecessary premature deaths from heart disease.  Please, read labels carefully: if a package claims “zero trans fats,” the amount per serving may be less than 0.5 g and could have been rounded down to zero.  The only way to be sure you’re getting a product without trans fats is to avoid products that include “hydrogenated oils” Better yet, stock up on nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits and nuts.

Step #6: Fill up on fiber:

Various studies link a high-fiber diet with a lower risk of heart disease.  In a Harvard study of female health professionals, people who ate a high-fiber diet had a 40 percent lower risk of heart disease than those who ate a low-fiber diet.WholeGrains_sprouted

Aim to include plenty of foods that are rich in soluble fiber, which, studies show, can help lower “bad” LDL.  Soluble fiber binds bile acid, a key component in fat digestion that our bodies make from cholesterol.  We can’t digest fiber, so when bile acids are bound to it, they get ushered out of the body as waste.  This causes the body to convert more cholesterol into bile acids, which ultimately has the effect of lowering circulating cholesterol levels.  Foods high in soluble fiber include oatmeal, barley, beans, okra and eggplant, and citrus fruit, such as oranges.

Step #7:   Replace refined grains with whole grains:

Eating too many refined carbohydrates (e.g., white bread, pastries, white pasta) fuels the body’s ability to make triglycerides.  What’s more, processed grains are quickly converted to glucose, which raises blood glucose levels and may predispose one to developing type 2 diabetes, and a  risk factor for developing heart disease.  Choose whole grains, such as brown rice, wheat berries, and quinoa and whole-wheat pasta, which contains more fiber (which slows down the conversion of starches to glucose) and healthful fats than processed grains.

Baked SalmonStep #8:   Go fish:

Consuming two or more servings of fish per week is associated with a 30 percent lower risk of developing coronary heart disease over the long term, studies show.  Fish contains omega-3 fats, which lower levels of triglycerides in the blood that may contribute to blood clotting.  Omega-3s also lower blood pressure slightly and can help prevent irregular heart rhythms.  (Flaxseed oil, canola oil and walnuts also contain omega-3 fats.)

Step #9:   Get nuts:

Research suggests that people who eat nuts – walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, pine nuts and peanuts (which actually are legumes) – 2 to 4 days or more per week have a lower incidence of heart disease than people who eat them less.  All nuts contain good amounts of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and low levels of saturated fats.

Step #10:   Enjoy alcohol in moderation:

RESVERATROLScientific literature indicates that people who drink moderately are less likely to have heart disease than those who abstain.  Alcohol appears to raise “good” HDL cholesterol.  Wine, in particular, “thins” the blood (making it less prone to clotting) and also contains antioxidants that prevent your arteries from taking up LDL cholesterol, a process that can lead to plaque build-up.  Remember, 1 drink equals 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor.

Bottom Line:

After reading all this, you’re probably saying – this is too confusing, how to I do this or that.  How do I figure out and understand these numbers.  Ok, as an ex-311 pounder, believe me when I say, I understand – been there, done that and you can’t do this successfully on your own, unfortunately.  But, I have good news for you, wherever you live, it’s called Dr. Henry’s HealthTest©) which will using my personalized extensive questionnaire, allow me to find out, using body-language (how are you now feeling), to determine your nutrient deficiencies.  Are you normal, low or very-low.  Any that are low or very-low I will give you detailed information on what that means, and what foods you may want to incorporate into your new food program.  I will also, determined by your answers design 2 food programs just for you. No counting calories, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, etc., I’ve done all the hard work for you, all you have to do is EAT!  I sure wish there was someone to do this for me in my suffering days.

Unfortunately, it’s not interactive, as yet, but if you email me your desire to order the HealthTest,  I will send it via pdf and you can either scan it or fax back to me and I’ll get you up and running.  I will also give you supplement information to help you get balanced nutritionally with pharmaceutical grade nutrients that you need, no more guessing.


Plan for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!

Dr. Rhonda

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30 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

“People with diabetes are 3 times more likely to have high blood pressure than people without diabetes.  A recent study found that about 71% of people with diabetes have high blood pressure.  Hypertension often goes unnoticed and leads to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.”
American Diabetes Association

Why wouldn’t your allopathic doctor know this and check patient’s appropriately?

obesity1.     Watch Your Weight:

In overweight people, a 10% reduction in total body weight will sometimes normalize blood pressure.

2.      Get Physical:

Go for a brisk 30 minute walk 6 days a week.

3.      Blood Sugar:

Diabetics who control their blood sugar reduce hypertension risk.

4.      Reduce Stress:

Try yoga, meditation, massage or talking to a supportive positive friend.

cancersmoke5.      Butt Out:

All forms of tobacco dramatically raise blood pressure.

6.      Shake Off Salt:Salt 2

And sodium rich foods such as soy sauce and canned soups.  With the exception of salt substitutes or an easily found product in your grocery store with a balance of sodium/potassium chloride.

7.      Remember B-Vitamins:

After angioplasty surgery, 3 different B vitamins – folate, B6 and B12-cut in half the risk that arteries will re-close.

8.      Check Your Blood:

Have your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar checked regularly.  A comprehensive laboratory work-up is your best health insurance to maintain optimal good health.

9.      Fish for Omega 3-s:

Stress essential fatty-acid-containing foods or supplements of fish oil, flaxseed oil and borage oil.

10.    Mull Over A Multi:Vitamin-B6

A daily multi-vitamin ensures that you’re getting the basics.  Find out where you are nutrient deficient and concentrate on increasing the nutrients in your food and supplement program.

11.     Value Vitamin C:

The less vitamin C in the blood, the higher the blood pressure in hypertensive patients.  Take 2-3 times daily to your tolerance level.

12.     Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat – However:

Choose white fish and skinless chicken and turkey or remove before eating.  Alternate to cheese products that are not from dairy such as:  goat, oat, almond, veggie, soy or rice.   Forget the processed foods, if possible.

13.     Toss the Trans Fats:

These are a greater risk than even saturated fats.  (Margarine, baked goods, etc) Read the labels.food addict

14.     Embrace Vitamin E: Evidence suggests that vitamin E also magnifies vitamin C’s blood pressure-lowering effect.

15.     Reject Refined Foods:

Shun the salty, sugary, pre-made, preserved, fried and fatty

16.     Get Calcium:

Hypertensive patients seldom drink enough milk-and they are usually low on calcium.  Broccoli, spinach, tofu, goat milk and calcium supplements are alternatives.  Don’t take calcium alone.

17.     Compute Your Body Mass Index:

Multiply your weight in pounds by 703, then divide by your height in inches, then again divide by your height in inches.  Try to stay between 18.5 and 24.9.

demon drink18.     Swear Off Sodas:

Soft drinks can deplete potassium.

19.     Prefer Potassium:This crucial mineral is found in many fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, fish and supplements.

20.     Make It Magnesium:

It’s in leafy greens, legumes, whole grains and supplements.

21.     Air Out Antioxidants:

Beta-Carotene, Co-Enzyme Q10, and Selenium may help.

22.     Boost Bioflavonoids:

Available in fruits, vegetables, and supplements, bioflavonoids enhance vitamin C’s effects.

23.     Leave The Bar:Superdrink

1-2 drinks a day is OK-even stress-relieving-but more can cause health problems.

24.     Dash Your Diet:

DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) according to some experts is high in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy, and it’s low in fat.

25.     Think Zinc:

Zinc may reverse hypertension that has been caused by too much cadmium.

26.     Buy Into Bilberry:

This European blueberry contains anthocyanosides, which are powerful flavonoids.

27.     Grasp Grape Seed Extracts:

Research at the University of Alabama suggests grape seed extract can lower blood pressure significantly.

28.     Find Fiber:

Think veggies and whole grains.

29.     Jilt the Java:

Too much daily coffee-and even tea-can raise blood pressure.

30.     Now, Go To Bed:artworks-000042312635-3k7r7p-crop

High blood pressure patients deprived of sleep experience significant increases in blood pressure, especially during the evening.    

Nobody in their right mind will be able to read this and do it all, what I may suggest at once a week or perhaps once a month you bring one new health awareness issue into your mind and all those changes will certainly make your body (who relies on you) to make it happy.

I would suggest if you’re not working with a natural healthcare doctor that perhaps you ought to start by using my individualized HealthTest© medical (allopathic) doctors have no credentials in clinical nutrition – so perhaps this may be a first step for you or someone you love.  If you have questions do feel free to call me, and let’s talk about you!

This is all about helping others –  Plan for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY! 

Dr. Rhonda Henry

Doctor of Nutritional Science – Certified Traditional Chinese Practitioner

Specializing in Preventive & Alternative HealthCare – NATURALLY!


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Causes and Health Risks of Being Overweight

Factors Promoting Weight Gain:

Being overweight or obese is influenced by complex interactions.  These include genetics, the modern refined diet, neurotransmitter function and activity level.

Recent research has shown that the type and amount of carbohydrates and fats you eat can actually turn on or turn off gene expression that either promotes weight gain or weight loss.

Dr.Rhonda Before_After pdfIf your excess weight centers mainly around the mid-section, you have gained weight in the most troublesome area.  This fat is called abdominal (or central) obesity and often surrounds internal organs.  Excess fat here is associated the most with weight related health risks.  Abdominal obesity also elevates adrenal stress hormones, and visa versa.

These hormones have a complex interaction with brain neurotransmitters, which affect mood and appetite control.  A diet that is high in sugars, refined carbohydrates, starchy vegetables and refined vegetables oils promotes abdominal weight gain and visceral fat accumulation.

In order to lose weight and improve body com
position over the long-term, a dietary and metabolic return to balance is needed.  I would suggest you check out my copywriten, scientifically approved, educational and personally designed HealthTest© which will give you all the helpful information to STOP, The Food & Vitamin Guessing Game!™, once and for all.

Whether you want to lose weight, gain weight, or just want to find out where your system is and how you should be eating accordingly, your answers will be analyzed individually and your program will put you onto Health Street.

Weight Related Health Risks:

The following table demonstrates several risks associated with being overweight or obese.

Table 1.   Health Risks Associated with Being Overweight or Obese:


  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Some Cancers
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Gout
  • Type-2 Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Cholesterol / Lipid Imbalances
  • Reproductive Disorders
  • High Blood Pressure / Stroke
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Reflux Disease
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease


Determining Potential for Weight Related Health Risks:

ObesogensBody Mass Index
, or BMI, provides a good estimate of body fat content in most adults by correlating height and weight.  Higher BMI values are associated with increased health risks.  The lower the BMI, the lower the health risk.  Waist circumference can also predict health risks, since excess abdominal fat is an independent risk factor.

The Mood-Food Response Factor (MFR):

Brain neurotransmitters and stress hormones significantly contribute to weight gain and obesity through their effect on appetite and emotions.  One of the hardest obstacles for people attempting to lose weight is to control repetitious emotional and stress-related eating behavior.  This is referred to as Mood-Food Response (MFR) eating.  This is more an emotional response rather than a physiological one of actual hunger.

If you experience some or all of the following, MFR eating may be contributing to your weight gain.

  • Craving carbohydrate-rich foods, such as bread and sweets.
  • Unable to control hunger, and eating when not hungry
  • Eating to remain in control or in a comfort zone.
  • Eating when bored, moody, lonely, angry, worried, or upset.
  • Routinely eating until stuffed at meals.
  • Eating excessively at social situations.
  • Eating more when alone; often binging.
  • Repeatedly failing at dieting and regaining weight easily.
  • Often thinking about food and planning activities around eating.
  • Avoiding physical activity and exercise.

Break The MFR Eating Cycle:

My approach to weight-loss (Lose Weight PERMANENTLY By Eating) can help YOU:

  • Maintain healthy neurotransmitter production and modulate stress hormone levels.
  • Slow the rate of carbohydrate digestion, supporting glucose metabolism.
  • Control stress-related appetite and food cravings, and lessen hunger between meals.

One-Size-Fits-All Does Not Work:

This is not news for anyone who has had to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds.  To be successful in anything where your
health is concerned you must first decide that I am really ready to lose weight.  Once you have decided this and are serious, then it’s time to fine the program that is Right for YOU!    If I can be of any help to you in your Health Journey, just contact me and we’ll talk!

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