Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

This more detailed study derails all the “good news” about the U.S. turning the corner on childhood obesity.  The problem is more complex than “eat less, exercise more” as increasing inflammation coming from the diet and its effect on hormone levels, brain chemistry, and gut health is the underlying cause.  These problems don’t lend themselves to easy political slogans.

Child obesity has grown unabated since 1999, study finds

A handful of preliminary studies in recent years has raised hopes the epidemic of U.S. child obesity has stabilized or reversed. But new research finds continued growth in our kids’ girth, suggesting that self-congratulation would be premature.

 

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

A good compromise would be putting the child on a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet as 96% of vegetarians follow anyway.

 

Is It Safe To Put A Child On A Vegan Diet? – SELF

Last month, a one-year-old baby in Milan, Italy, was hospitalized with severe malnourishment. The reported cause: The child’s parents had kept the baby on a strict vegan diet without providing any vitamin supplements, causing their son to weigh only slightly more than the average three-month-old baby instead of the proper weight for a one-year-old.

 

 

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

The hunger and satiety signals for an infant are greatly influenced by the composition of microbes in their gut.  The quality of the food (ideally breast milk) will have a great impact on the composition of those microbes and the future ability of the child to regulate energy intake correctly.

 

New research into preventing obesity in children by starting in infancy – The Boston Globe

It is one of the most pressing health problems of the next generation, yet clinicians have had little success stemming the tide of childhood obesity.

 

 

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

Obesity is the new normal for American children.  Unfortunately, obesity starts in the womb with fetal programming.  The epigenetic marks set during pregnancy will last a lifetime.  If you want to prevent childhood obesity, controlling the diet of the mother is essential.  I guess this gives a new definition of a nanny state.

 

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/the-urgency-in-fighting-childhood-obesity/?_r=0

 

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

The reported link is pretty weak even through both disorders have an inflammatory component.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

The easiest way to maintain a healthy weight for the child is to have the entire family follow an anti-inflammatory diet.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

I am finding that one of the best ways to turn picky eaters into vegetable- eating machines is to mix Zone pasta into their vegetables, add olive oil and put everything together in a bowl.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

Insulin resistance in the liver causes a decrease in the production of HDL cholesterol.  You would also see the same effect by having kids consume more omega-3 fatty acids.

 

 

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

If they take their kids to Chipotle for a meal, the calorie content will probably even be higher.

 

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

Having Gummy Bears as #1 on the list was the most surprising followed by sugar-sweetened chocolate soy milk.