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Childhood Obesity Prevention

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 27, 2016 5:00:00 AM / by Isadora Guggenheim & Winter Ninivaggi

Childhood obesity rates are growing at aggressively high rates.

Childhood obesity has quadrupled, yes, quadrupled in the past 30 years.That is incredible. Being overweight can harm the child now and later in life. Children who are overweight and obese are at higher risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems (i.e. stigmatization and poor-self esteem)

Prevention goes a long way with childhood obesity, you could be saving them from a life of struggling with their health and weight. Teach them the importance of healthy eating and staying active.

There is building evidence supporting that BMI screening and lifestyle-based weight loss interventions for children and adolescents, ages 6-18 years,can effectively lead to improvements in weight status and certain related cardiometabolic factors after 6-12 months.

Obese young men and women are more likely to have and suffer from diabetes and cardiovascular disease for about 20 years. They will die 8 years sooner than normal-weight peers.  

Screening children and adolescents is extremely important as are offering or recommending behavioral health interventions if needed.

Childhood obesity is at an epidemic crisis. The younger the child and the more that they weigh has a greater effect on their health. Healthy years of life are lost.

We have successfully worked with children and adults to permanently lose weight.  The first goal is near. You only need to lose 10 pounds and exercise 30 minutes a day to drop your risk of diabetes by 60%. That's a small effort in return for a big reward.  

I recommend a delicous and healthy protein shake filled with fiber, probiotics and 25 grams of vegan protein to lose weight and build lean muscle mass from Xymogen. Two shakes per day plus one reasonable meal with real food will help your child lose weight immediately and safely. Let 2017 be the year that your whole family gets healthy.

What's the difference between healthy life-years and years of life?  Healthy life-years means that you are enjoying a healthy life that is not ruled by disease.  Years of life lost means that you actually lose time on the planet and if you are ill because of obesity then you might be alive and suffering with a chronic illness.  

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Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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