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New Prescription for Childhood Obesity provides an innovative approach to fighting childhood obesity. The traditional method ...
New Prescription for Childhood Obesity provides an innovative approach to fighting childhood obesity. The traditional method for weight loss and fat reduction has been to eat less and exercise more, but this does not work over the long haul. To lose weight and keep it off requires addressing the root cause of the problem: insulin resistance and the low-grade silent inflammation that is triggered by many factors, including foods and environmental causes such as pesticides, industrial pollutants, and toxins.
Now parents have an opportunity to change their child's eating and physical activity habits even before a weight problem develops. Complete with recipes to get you on the right track, this essential guide provides specific and simple strategies, techniques, and skills that will enable children to eat the right amount of food appropriate for their level of physical activity without dieting.
Posted March 25, 2008
Media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC often feature reports on the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in America, and the reporters typically blame the usual culprits: soda, candy, chips, fast food, etc. What they fail to mention, though, is precisely what about such foods leads to the abnormal weight gains that children usually experience. In New Prescription For Childhood Obesity, Billy Johnson picks up where the media often stops short, shedding light on the much-needed link between the dietary habits of children and their eventual health/weight concerns. The real cause of the problem: low-grade silent inflammation. While that term may not be a familiar one to the average layman, it is an absolutely essential concept that must be both embraced and applied if society has any hope of stemming the swelling tide of childhood obesity. In essence, low-grade silent inflammation is the normal immune response that our bodies launch in order to combat the presence of free radicals, molecules that attack our DNA, mutating it in such a way that it can lead to non-functional protein, enzymes, and hormones. If the DNA goes unrepaired, the damage done to it can lead to the development of such diseases as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Our system¿s natural defense against free radicals? Antioxidants and phytonutrients, chemical compounds that neutralize free radicals, preventing them from causing damage to our DNA thus, if our bodies maintain low levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients, free radicals run rampant throughout our system, leading to a prolonged immune response, or, low-grade silent inflammation. Antioxidants and phytonutrients are naturally found in fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods, and, thus, Johnson¿s key point is that a diet lacking in these foods greatly increases the likelihood of obesity and other health concerns in children. Johnson then proceeds, in meticulous fashion, to proscribe effective solutions to approaching the problem of low-grade silent inflammation, including recommendations for our diets, caloric intake, physical activities, and even maintaining healthy teeth & gums. He even includes Appendices featuring sample daily meal plans, healthy recipes, and detailed resources for further helpful information. It can truly be said that no individual who has the fortune of reading this book will have any excuse to live unhealthily ever again. In his Introduction, Johnson cites that some experts are predicting that this will be the first generation in America to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Such an alarming prognostication is cause enough for everyone to take a serious look at the health disparities among our children, and New Prescription For Childhood Obesity is the perfect starting point for just that. A highly recommended, informative, and enlightening read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.