According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 22 million children under 5 are overweight or obese. In the US, almost 13 percent of American children considered overweight, and in some countries more than 30 percent of children are obese. Such statistics suggest that a large number of children are already at risk of chronic diseases.
What makes Childhood Obesity ?
There are several identifying factors behind the recent wave of childhood obesity. One of the main causes toxic food choices. Diet-induced diseases, including obesity, accounted for the largest burden of chronic diseases and health problems worldwide. The current Western diet, characterized by foods that are highly processed, nutrient deficient quality and high in energy density, the American children overweight and sick as ever. More families a day are leaving healthy home-cooked meals and gorging on calorie-rich, nutrient-poor snacks, soft drinks and sweets when the dinner bell rings. In fact, 90% of the money Americans spend on food goes into processed foods.
Why are processed foods so toxic?
Very simply, the human body is not to express the best of health when given unnatural food. Your body knows exactly what to do with food that grows from the ground and are found in nature, but will be confused when faced with mechanically modified foods.
Modern food comfort of today -sugar and white flour products with syrup oils- are key factors in the alarming rate of chronic degenerative diseases, learning disabilities and dental diseases in children. These deformed, junk foods do not provide sufficient nutrients to allow the human body, especially the growing adolescents and children to achieve their full potential health, nor the normal functioning of the immune, nervous, skeletal, digestive and reproductive systems.
In the heart of the problem: Sugar. Refined sugar or simple carbohydrates, provide no nutritional value on the child’s body, other than to provide calories. When consumption of processed carbohydrates like white flour and sugar, the body absorbs it quickly into the system and need relatively no digestion time. Blood cells are then flooded with sugar and the result is a physical disaster.
Many scientists believe refined or processed foods are high glucose main dietary cause of all degenerative diseases. Sugar surge empty, place and use up valuable vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It quadruples adrenaline production, inhibit immune system activity, lowers metabolism, raises cholesterol and increases triglycerides. Glucose produced from refined food gets stored as fat. The conversion process not only causes fat deposits on the body of the children, but also in their cells, in their arteries and their hearts. Fat is even delivered to the liver, kidneys and other organs. The constant bombardment sugar increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, premature aging and cancer
When considering which foods a child or teen to eat, here are some important points .:
Symptoms of toxic foods?
• Produced, produced and probably only been a short time
• Made in the laboratory or factory
• Animals that are raised in captivity and had abnormally
• Always the same
• Keeps forever (ever seen a twinkie go bad?)
• Ready for instant consumption
• Dull, bland
• Completed flavorful
• No connection to land or culture
Characteristics of non-toxic food
• been around for thousands of years and eaten by your ancestors
• Grown from the ground or trees
• Animals graze freely
• Variable quality
• spoils quickly
• Requires preparation
• vibrant colors, rich textures
• Authentically flavorful
• Strong relationship with the land and culture
Here are some more suggestions:
• If it were not for the hunter-gatherers were about it is probably not food.
• If it is wrapped in a layer of plastic, cardboard and film, it’s probably not food.
• If it needs a lot of ads to sell it, it’s probably not food.
Remember addition is the first step to make a lasting change. Children eating foods that do not fit the toxic conditions to keep their bodies grow strong and healthy!