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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