Posts Tagged ‘Childhood Obesity’

“We don’t need sugar to live and we don’t need it as a society”
-Dr. OZ

With Autumn upon us we begin to embrace the holiday season and that means sweet treats. From Halloween candy, to Thanksgiving desserts, and Christmas cookies, the sweets are everywhere. Surprisingly enough, sugar is almost everywhere all the time. We find added refined sugars in breakfast cereals, snacks, sports and energy drinks, as well as even fruit juices. According to Dr. Lustig, professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California San Fransico, “sugar in all forms… is a key contributor to many of our diet related diseases and conditions, including obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease,  high blood pressure, and cancer. ”

Our bodies can’t utilize refined sugars and when it attempts to, sugar strips the body of essential vitamins and minerals due to the excess demand needed to digest, detoxify, and eliminate the sugar. This process goes on to produce “toxic metabolites” that accumulate in the brain and nervous system and  interfere with cellular respiration which is very damaging to our bodies.

Our sweet tooth can get the best of us, but beware or it can be damaging to your health.

Our sweet tooth can get the best of us, but beware or it can be damaging to your health.

The trauma from sugar can be repaired by the body when sugar intake isn’t excessive. It is recommended  by the American Heart Association that daily sugar intake should not exceed 25g for women and 38g for men. Seems like a lot until you realize that a single can of soda contains about 35g of sugar alone! You don’t necessarily have to cut sugar out of your life completely, but if you can become more aware of what contains sugar and moderate your consumption then you can become a healthier YOU!

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“Children are our future and we must take care of them with maximum effort.”

-Naomi Campbell

 

 

On October 1, 2011 I had the privilege and honor to volunteer my time to the fight against childhood obesity by helping out Louie’s Kids at the inaugural Slim Down the South Celebrity Softball Challenge. It was heartwarming to see so many support the fight with me.

 

 

According to Wikipedia, 74.6% of Americans are overweight and 15-25% of children are overweight. Obesity is overly destructive to the body and can lead to many health complications including early onset of Type II Diabetes, Cancers, Sleep Apnea, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Joint Problems, and Fibromyalgia, as well as many more.

 

 

The conditions listed above can alter hormone releases, lead to psychological issues, and wreak havoc on the body’s normal functions and muscular tone. Massage therapy has been proven to help relieve chronic pain in muscles and joints which reduces swelling and improves circulation allowing those who are obese to exercise to improve their condition and maintain a better metabolic rate. In addition the calming effect of massage therapy, it can also help to regulate proper hormone release, which gives a more positive and euphoric effect to the obese client. This in turn, promotes a better lifestyle and a healthier outlook.

 

 

It is true that Massage can assist in the fight against obesity, but it is only a small part. We, as a society, need to work together to inform those who may not know any better (i.e. children and their parents) about the healthier options in diet, activities, and lifestyle choices; all leading to a happier and healthier future for us all.

 

 

I have supported Louie’s Kids now for over 8 years and will continue to do so until the battle is won. Preventative health care is a great way to move, feel, & BE better. Please take time to help yourself, others, and especially the children in this great fight against obesity that we face today.

 

 

Get educated about better meal and food options, exercise and consider all other helpful ways that can fight obesity.

 

 

Click here for more facts about childhood obesity.