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Obese Preschoolers

Posted by cavewomanrunner on April 7, 2009

There have been many articles recently on obesity in children. One posted on CNN today states that 1/5 of all 4 year olds are obese. That’s 20 percent. I remember the days when it was rare to have one overweight child in a neighborhood, let alone one in every five being obese. And these kids aren’t even in school yet!

What\’s the difference between overweight and obese? Overweight= BMI of 25.0 to 29.9. Obese= BMI of 30+

Some people say the cause of childhood obesity is hard to pinpoint. Is it really? Dr. Tom Robinson states: “We know most of the changes that have occurred in body fat tend to occur from being in an environment that promotes very easy access to high-caloric foods and limited opportunities for physical activities.”

Exactly. Just go to a convenience store or a supermarket and see all the boxes and wrappers of processed “foods.” Most adults don’t eat meats, veggies and fruits. And guess what, kids eat what their parents eat. Plus kids are flooded by the media for sugar, candies, and chocolate (translation = money for manufacturers and advertisers, health problems for kids).

Michael Rich, an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, offered an interesting idea to combat childhood obesity: the 5-2-1-0 plan: “Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, cut screen time down to two hours or less, exercise at least one hour, and have zero soda and sugary drinks.”

I would edit that to have zero sugary, processed FOODS. The sugar doesn’t just come from drinks. Just look at a few examples: Cocoa-puffs, Snickers, donuts, cakes, and ice creams. Children eating these items every day, and most times more than the normal serving sizes, causes these problems. Lack of exercise does not help either.

Our paleo ancestors would be shocked and dismayed. I’m sure even paleo children had to be fit to survive – to help their families and villages get food and shelter. Survival is no longer an issue – instead we have plenty of extra time to stuff ourselves and our children with sugary sweets.


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Sugar is a Narcotic

Posted by cavewomanrunner on March 25, 2009

A British nutrition site has a great article on why eating sugar is bad. Hmm, what does the Paleo lifestyle tell us? Ancient humans did not have sugar. Sugar was not part of their diet at all. Their bodies were made to digest meat, vegetables, and fruit from their hunting and gathering. They did not sit around on a couch all day and eat ice cream, donuts and drink soda. They didn’t start their day with a bowl full of sugar (aka cereal).

So why the shock that sugar is an “alien chemical to the human system” that can be addictive and cause massive health problems? This should not be news to anyone.

Yet, sugary “boxes of goodness” line the grocery store aisles and people complain daily about their weight, their diabetes, their lack of energy, etc. Will they cut out the sugar and processed foods from their diet? No, those things “taste good” and real foods do not, in their opinion. They’ll also spend tons of money taking the latest diet fad pills or miracle drinks, not to mention the latest workout gadgets, videos and unused gym memberships, to make them lose weight.

My advice: stop the addiction! Cut out the sugar! Now I’m not saying to cut out sugar completely – in fact, in today’s world that is almost impossible. But cut down. Eat real food that comes from the ground, not from a box.

The intro of the article sums it up nicely. I encourage everyone to read the full article.

The white crystalline substance we know of as sugar is an unnatural substance produced by industrial processes (mostly from sugar cane or sugar beets) by refining it down to pure sucrose, after stripping away all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes and other beneficial nutrients.

What is left is a concentrated unnatural substance which the human body is not able to handle, at least not in anywhere near the quantities that is now ingested in today’s accepted lifestyle. Sugar is addictive. The average American now consumes approximately 115 lbs. of sugar per year. This is per man, woman and child.

The biggest reason sugar does more damage than any other poison, drug or narcotic is twofold:

a. It is considered a “food” and ingested in such massive quantities, and
b. The damaging effects begin early, from the day a baby is born and is fed sugar in its formula. Even mothers milk is contaminated with it if the mother eats sugar, and
c. Practically 95% of people are addicted to it to some degree or other.

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