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Jim Duffy 
Article Title
Fighting Childhood Obesity Through Good Eating 
Posted Date
4/15/2010 

At long last, a positive solution relating to America’s tough and expensive battle to stop childhood obesity is appearing. For the thousands of youngsters and their families who are at this moment struggling with childhood obesity, this good news is very exciting. Without a doubt, the risk factors for childhood obesity can be read to be a sort of a list of symptoms that only a quarter century ago would never have been connected to young children and diet: heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and in fact, social ridicule and isolation [i].

This latter effect of childhood obesity -- ridicule and hostility -- has the dual result of ruining a child both physically and emotionally way beyond childhood, and possibly for the rest of his or her lifetime. This extensive issue has stumped medical specialists in search of a multi-faceted strategyfor a number of decades. It has been clear that any long-term answer must be waged on four major fronts: physical activity, sedentary behavior, socioeconomic status, and eating habits [ii].

Nevertheless there is space for one more pillar; or, at the very least, the identification of another element that has got to be a part of any lasting solution. This fifth pillar, or undiscovered element, is sensible nutritional supplements. Most overweight kids are told again and again by well-intentioned dieticians that eating sensibly is the solution to overcoming this scarring condition. This is usually easier said than done; especially when emotional eating or an unobserved food addiction [1] could increase poor eating habits. Nevertheless being told to “eat smart” is oftentimes not enough. Youngsters need to be provided with foods that are nutritionally sound, and foods that they actually relish eating. It's this latter criterion that almost all well-meaning specialists and caregivers seem to overlook. This can be explained below.

Most obese youngsters are neither unable to learn, nor willfully disobedient. A number of these youngsters even receive exceptional support from their well-adjusted families who obediently remove the usual suspects of chips, soft drinks, chocolate bars, and similar harmful foods from the home. However several of those same children continue to gain weight and progress ever closer to the list of health concerns noted above. These children aren't sadistic, and they're not making an attempt to harm themselves through eating; however many do as a result of of the stigma associated with their condition. Indeed, several obese kids are cognitively alert to the danger to which they're subjecting their bodies. Nonetheless they still snack away in secret, or binge on foods whenever they get the chance, thereby undoing whatever minor gains which may have been already achieved in the last few days or weeks.

The problem is in their choice of food. Generally speaking, youngsters of all weights and shapes will not eat one thing that they do not like. For obese kids who have typically had unfettered access to highly stimulating foods like cookies and sugar-loaded soft drinks, the willpower to eat unpalatable foods is undeveloped. Indeed, the dietician could snack away on carrots and celery whereas talking to an obese kid concerning the importance of eating smart. For the obese child, carrots and celery are foreign foods for which there is no known substitute.

This fifth pillar, or new component, is therefore one that gives obese youngsters with nutritional supplements that they will willingly eat. As stunningly obvious – even axiomatic – as this seems, it's been lost on most experts till recently. Thankfully, as noted above, there's a resolution appearing. It's one that answers this demand for delicious, healthy foods. Forward-thinking companies that understand their customers are creating low-calorie, highly nutritious foods fortified with life-sustaining vitamins and protein. More importantly: they are good-tasting, and are usually packaged in colorful containers that are “teen-friendly”.

Corporations including MetRx™, Experimental and Applied Sciences™, Protica Research™, and others develop products that work well within these requirements. Granted, a nutritionally balanced diet will not begin or end with nutritional supplements. A healthy diet employs nutritional supplements to enrich and fortify real foods. Indeed, children and families suffering from 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 continue to grow with each success story, and each kid that recovers from the possibly 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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