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Posted August 23, 2001
This book will be most appealing to adults who have had success with the Sugar Busters! approach to weight control through reducing the amount of high glycemic foods (ones that raise insulin levels and thus slow down the metabolism) that they eat. Now, you will know how to integrate this approach for the whole family! If you have not yet discovered the Sugar Busters! approach, it is well worth your time. As the authors (three M.D.'s and a former Fortune 500 CEO) point out, many diseases are related to overweight and obesity (such as Type 2 diabetes which is caused by insulin resistance, and cardiovascular diseases). Two terrible things are happening now. First, childhood overweight and obesity are growing rapidly as a percentage of the population around the world. Second, what were once adult diseases related to overweight and obesity are showing up in children. The authors point out that these trends are closely associated with the rise in the use of refined sugar. These trends run in families, suggesting both genetic (homone related) and environmental causes. Most societies are developing a fear of too much animal fat in the diet. However, they ignore glycemic loading . . . to their peril. In fact, many low- and non-fat foods are loaded with sugar. But sugar isn't the only problem. Many carbohydrates act like sugar (potatoes are one of the worst). Even skim milk has a high glycemic load. The book details a selective lifestyle that will help for the 9 in 10 youngsters who are eating the wrong foods, rather than having a low thyroid level. You should ask your pediatrician to check the hormone levels if your child is overweight. Although the book lists 9 key points, I actually found 11 in going through the text. I have summarized these here: (1) Reduce the amount of refined sugar eaten. (2) Choose more low and medium glycemic foods. (3) Eat more unprocessed and less processed foods. (4) Eat more whole grains and high fiber foods. (5) Keep a balance of calories with 30% or less in carbohydrates, 20% in protein, and 30% or less in fats. (6) Drink at least 6 8-ounce glasses of water daily. (7) Avoid saturated fats and those that come in solid form at room temperature (such as many hydrogenated vegetable oils -- such as are often in commercial bakery products). (8) Exercise regularly. (9) Limit the time spent with TV, and games on video players or computers. (10) Minimize consumption of fast foods. (11) Parents act as role models and people who improve the eating environment for children and teens. The authors did a small, unscientifically sampled survey and found that eating and exercise habits were poorer along these lines for overweight youngsters. The worst influences seem to be sweetened soft drinks, french fries, and candy. You can have these occasionally, but overweight youngsters get each one every day! Lest this approach seem hard to do, the authors make it pretty easy. The book has tables of the glycemic loading levels for different foods. There are also tables of the fiber levels for foods. There is information about how to apply the Body Mass Index (which your pediatrician will calculate for you) to see how badly off your youngster is. You do not count calories, but rather servings. As to changing, the book is filled with directions for how to shop, menus (along with acceptable substitutes), and recipes (on the spicy side to appeal to the adults too). You can also use the recipes in any of the other Sugar Busters! series books. The recipes are almost all simple to prepare. Most include ingredients available at most food stores. There also seemed to be an attempt to keep the cost reasonable. I do think that households with younger kids will probably use fewer seasonings (but remember that no-sugar ketchup!). There is a separate section with rhymes for kids at the back, which illustrates some of the key concepts. You can use this like a standard children's bWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.