Childhood Obesity

This week Herbalife is sponsoring a two-day Conference in Orlando that Physicians and nutrition scientists from around the world are gathering in order to discuss emerging trends and grass roots solutions to the global obesity epidemic employing balanced nutrition and teaching healthy active lifestyles.

The focus has been Obesity Prevention and yesterday they talked about Childhood obesity. This is a subject that touches me, and truth be said, makes me very sad.

In the United States, obesity rates in children have quadrupled in the last 25 years. (exact the same in Canada)

When we talk about childhood obesity (and overweight) many people will get mad about it, as they perceive it as a “pressure to look good”, or they think it will create an “eating disorder”, “it’s too early to teach about dieting”, etc. But the point here is not appearance, it’s HEALTH. It’s not dieting, it’s living a healthy lifestyle.

As a result, children are experiencing the same obesity-related diseases as adults – such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. But the difference between children and adults is that, in children, there is a shorter time interval between the onset of obesity and the development of obesity-related diseases. “Obesity-related diseases that may take 10 years or more to develop in adults can appear as early as 3-5 years after the onset of obesity in children,” adds Greene.

Scientists say that prevention tactics are critical, since obesity can set in firmly as early as age five. In fact, research suggests that the most critical period for prevention of obesity may be during the first two years of life.

“If we could prevent childhood obesity, this generation would witness a 50 percent reduction in obesity as adults,” said Greene.

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A silent killer

So yesterday I was watching the Oprah show with Dr. Oz about diabetes: “America’s Silent Killer: Oprah and Dr. Oz Want to Save Your Life.”
It was a very interesting show that I highly recommend you to go and watch it, it truly is information that can save your life but as they mention in there “it’s not what you know, it’s your emotions that will make the difference”.

Some of facts out of the show:

  • Diabetes is the fastest-growing disease
  • 6 million Americans undiagnosed
  • It’s estimated that 80 million people in the United States have diabetes or are on the verge of developing this disease.
  • United States is forced to spend $174 billion a year treating this disease—more than AIDS and all cancers combined.
  • Type 1 diabetes (you are born with it), formerly known as juvenile diabetes, affects 10 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Type 2 develops from lifestyle issues. “Ninety percent of type 2 diabetics can actually reverse their problem,”
  • On average person eats 150 pounds of sugar a year.
  • In the United States, approximately 86,000 diabetes-related amputations are performed every year.
  • Dr. Oz says there are four major risk factors for type 2 diabetes: Belly fat,  Sedentary lifestyle, Family history and Smoking.

We all heard about diabetes before, haven’t we? What’s different about it now?

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Time for a Snack?

Protein Snacks

By David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N.
Chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition and Scientific Advisory Boards

It is well established that the typical person eating a western type diet consumes more daily calories than he needs. High-calorie snacks filled with fats and sugars contribute to these extra calories. Protein packed bars, drinks, soups, and nuts are far superior to other snacks because of the inherent differences between protein and sugars and fats.

First off, protein is more satisfying than the other two macronutrients because of specific signals it sends to the brain. When we snack on protein instead of sugars and fats, the body feels more full which helps people control their appetite between meals, thus cutting calories and controlling their weight. Recent clinical research has supported this physiologic phenomenon.

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