This month, Carolyn Akens (Certified Master Raw Foods Chef/Instructor), is explaining the dangers of childhood obesity and what can be done to combat it. Let's see what she has to say about it.
Sadly, high numbers (20%, and this number is growing daily) of our children are overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese can rob kids of their childhood, because these health conditions put children at risk for a range of other health problems. For example, an increase in obesity among minority children is linked to an increase in type 2 diabetes in these kids.
Are you aware?
Children and youth who are overweight or obese are more likely to have low self-esteem and feel badly about their bodies. They are more likely to be depressed and develop eating disorders.
• Bone and joint problems—associated with carrying excess body weight—can cause pain and restrict activity levels of overweight and obese children.
• Overweight and obese children are also at risk for developing health problems more commonly seen adults, including:
o Type 2 diabetes
o Insulin resistance
o High blood pressure
o High cholesterol
o Sleep apnea
o Liver disease
• Obese children and adolescents are also 12 times more likely than other children to have high fasting blood glucose levels, a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
• Early onset of puberty is common among overweight and obese children, and puts them at a higher risk for the some cancers during adulthood.
• Most of overweight adolescents (80%) grow up to be overweight adults. This means that they are more likely to have health problems in adulthood, such as heart attacks and strokes.
I would love to see everyone go at least fifty percent raw, unfortunately that may not be realistic in today’s climate. However you can begin to make better food choices today. Stop frying everything and begin to roast, poach, and braise. Eat vegetables in their natural state to maintain their enzymes and nutrients. Begin roasting and steaming your vegetables so you will taste the natural sweetness in each vegetable instead of “boiling” away all the nutrients. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Make sure your meals aren't laden with sodium...all salts are not the same. Celtic Sea Salt and Himalayan pink salt are the only salts I suggest because they contain the minerals that our bodies need and they have not been processed and bleached…they're hand harvested.
If you eat meat, please try to eat organic...It cost more, but you are worth every cent. If you like fish please eat wild and not farmed raised. The problem is farm raised fish do not spend their lives vigorously swimming through cold ocean waters or leaping up rocky streams. They spend their lives as “couch potatoes”, lazily circling in crowded pens fattening up on pellets of fish chow…not the normal life nor feed of the wild variety.
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