Sunday, August 22, 2010

Childhood obesity rated biggest health problem for kids

A new study has revealed that the problem of childhood obesity is getting worse in the United States.

The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital conducted a National Poll on Children's Health and it showed that adults in the United States rate childhood obesity the biggest health problem for kids.

In May 2010, as many as 2,064 adults were asked to rate 20 different health concerns for children living in their communities.

The top 10 overall health concerns for U.S. children in 2010 and the percentage of adults who rate each as a "big problem" include:

1. Childhood obesity, 38 percent
2. Drug abuse, 30 percent
3. Smoking, 29 percent
4. Internet safety, 25 percent
5. Stress, 24 percent
6. Bullying, 23 percent
7. Teen pregnancy, 23 percent
8. Child abuse and neglect, 21 percent
9. Alcohol abuse, 20 percent
10. Not enough opportunities for physical activity, 20 percent

Adults who rated health concerns as a big problem, were also asked to rate whether these health problems are getting better, staying the same or getting worse.

Fifty-seven percent of adults that rate childhood obesity as a big problem for kids say it is "getting worse."

"The national data about the rates of childhood obesity leveling off were collected in 2007 and 2008. The perspectives we're hearing in this poll in 2010 may reflect new changes in obesity rates seen by adults in communities across the country," said Matthew M. Davis of the U-M Medical School.

"Another possibility is that increasing concerns may reflect the public's growing worries about the health consequences of obesity for children, such as diabetes, heart disease, breathing and sleep problems, and arthritism," he said.

Drug abuse and tobacco use are also of great concern as child health problems in this poll.

"High levels of public concern about drug abuse and tobacco use by kids may reflect the longer-term public health efforts to discourage substance use among youth and the clearly negative consequences of using these substances,"

"After all, the battle against illicit drug use and against tobacco smoking for kids has been active for a couple of generations now. By comparison, the battle against childhood obesity has really just begun," Davis said.

Children's stress moved from 8th on the top 10 list in 2009 to fifth in 2010. Among adults who rate stress as a big health problem for kids, 56 percent believe stress for kids is getting worse.

"Levels of stress among children may relate to economic challenges faced by their families in the national recession and slow recovery," said Davis.

"The fact that stress now rates higher on the list of child health problems is a reminder that most of the problems on the list are behavioral or psychological in nature," he added.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Battling Childhood Obesity through Smart Eating

by Protica Research

Finally, a positive solution regarding America's difficult and costly campaign to stem childhood obesity is emerging. For the thousands of children and their families who are currently battling with childhood obesity, this good news is long awaited.

Indeed, the risk factors for childhood obesity read like a checklist of ailments that only a generation ago would never have been linked to children and diet: heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and of course, social ridicule and alienation [i]. This latter consequence of childhood obesity -- ridicule and alienation -- has the dual effect of damaging a child both physically and emotionally far beyond childhood, and possibly for the rest of his or her natural life.

For years, medical experts have called for a multi-faceted strategy to address this epidemic. It has been clear that any long-term solution must be fought on four major fronts: physical activity, sedentary behavior, socioeconomic status, and eating habits [ii]. Yet there is room for another pillar; or, at the very least, the identification of another component that must be a part of any lasting solution. This fifth pillar, or undiscovered component, is smart nutritional supplements. Many obese children have been told repeatedly by well-intentioned dieticians that eating smart is the key to overcoming this scarring condition.

This is easier said than done; especially when emotional eating or an unobserved food addiction [1] may fuel adverse eating habits. Yet being told to "eat smart" is oftentimes not enough. Children must be provided with foods that are nutritionally sound, and foods that they actually enjoy eating. It is this latter criterion that most well-intentioned experts and caregivers overlook. This is explained below. Most obese children are neither unable to learn, nor willfully disobedient. Some of these children even have remarkable support from their well-adjusted families who dutifully remove the usual suspects of chips, soft drinks, chocolate bars, and other damaging foods from the home. Yet many of these same children continue to gain weight and march ever closer to the litany of health defects noted above. These children are not sadistic, and they are not attempting to kill themselves through eating; though some do because of the stigma associated with their condition.

Indeed, many obese children are cognitively aware of the danger to which they are subjecting their bodies. Yet they continue to snack away in secret, or binge on foods when they get the chance, thereby undoing whatever minor gains might have been achieved in the previous few days or weeks. The problem is one of food selection. Generally speaking, children of all weights and shapes will not eat something that they do not like. For obese children who have typically had unfettered access to highly stimulating foods such as gravies and sugar-loaded soft drinks, the willpower to eat unpalatable foods is undeveloped. Indeed, the dietician may snack away on carrots and celery while talking to an obese child about the importance of eating smart.

For the obese child, carrots and celery are foreign foods for which there is no known preference. This fifth pillar, or new component, is therefore one that provides obese children with nutritional supplements that they will eat. As stunningly obvious - even axiomatic - as this seems, it has been lost on many experts until recently. Thankfully, as noted above, there is a solution emerging. It is one that meets this demand for tasty, healthy foods. Forward-thinking companies that understand their consumers are creating low-calorie, highly nutritious foods fortified with life-sustaining vitamins and protein.

More importantly: they are tasty, and are often packaged in colorful containers that are "teen-friendly". Companies including MetRx™, Experimental and Applied Sciences™, Protica Research™, and others develop products that fit well within these requirements. Granted, a healthy diet does not start or end with nutritional supplements. A healthy diet employs nutritional supplements to complement and fortify real foods. Indeed, children and families affected by the obesity epidemic in America are cautiously optimistic at this point; after all, they have been promised solutions in the past. However, thanks to the next generation of nutritional supplements, there is an expectation that this optimism will steadily grow with every success story, and every child that recovers from the potentially devastating impact of obesity.

REFERENCES

[i] Source: "The Problem of Overweight in Children and Adolescents". The US Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/obesity/calltoaction/fact_adolescents.htm [ii] Source: "Childhood Obesity". American Obesity Association. http://www.obesity.org/subs/childhood/causes.shtml


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About Protica Research (http://www.protica.com) Founded in 2001, Protica, Inc. is a nutritional research firm specializing in the development of dense nutrition in compact forms. Protica manufactures Profect (http://www.profect.com), IsoMetric (http://www.isometric.com), Pediagro (http://www.pediagro.com), Fruitasia (http://www.fruitasia.com) and many other brands in its GMP-certified, 250,000 square foot facility. Copyright - Protica

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

American Steps Against Childhood Obesity American Steps Against Childhood Obesity by Bob

by Bob

Some years back, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) came out with a four-year study entitled "Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Kids and Adolescents: United States." It revealed that over nine-million Yank kids between the ages of six and nineteen are overweight, approximately three times above it was in 1980.

Youngsters who are obese typically age to be obese, especially when the oldsters of the child are obese as well. The CDC study has helped inspire the Yank individuals to start trying at themselves and their kids, and to take steps so as to fight the growing childhood obesity downside in our nation.

Several nutrition and fitness experts have weighed (no pun intended) in on what they feel wants to be done to curtail this frightening trend of increase in Yank childhood obesity.

One side is to improve college food. Not solely does faculty food have a right away impact, it additionally sends a message to kids. If fatty-foods are being sold, impressionable young youngsters are being taught that eating these types of food is acceptable. An education-establishment ought to be just that, not simply in the classroom however the cafeteria as well. Fixing faculty cafeteria food would help educate children on how unhealthy treats are things that should solely be eaten on occasion.

In that very same vein, another step slowly being taken is improving the health level of food in snack vending machines. The elimination of those vending machines is not the solution, however changing the snacks that are served within them will be. The state of California has already taken steps in this direction, recently passing a bill that prohibits faculties from selling high-sugar liquids out of their drink vending machines.

A 3rd step is the emphasis of physical activity for kids. Most consultants suggest kids participate in an hour of exercise each day at a minimum. Major Yankee establishments, such as the National Soccer League, have initiated movements to help inspire kids to exercise. For example, the NFL runs the NFL Play sixty campaign, that is "designed to tackle childhood obesity by obtaining children active through in-college, once-faculty, and team base programs."

The fight against childhood obesity has gotten support from some stunning sources as well. For example, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group recently announced they might "improve product labeling by listing calories additional prominently on containers, vending machines and fountain equipment." PepsiCo additionally pledged to list calorie content on the front of its drink vending machines by the top of 2012

With the assistance of schools, sponsors, and the state and federal government, America can be able to not only attack the childhood obesity problems that it currently faces, but defeat them.

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Bob has been writing articles online for nearly 2 years now. Not only does this author specialize in Childhood Obesity changing,you can also check out his latest website about: 5 Gallon Aquarium which reviews and lists the best Aquarium Fish Tank

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