Childhood Obesity: Scary and Sad

By |October 25th, 2013|

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ONE  THIRD of all children and adolescents are overweight or obese and this percentage is growing rapidly. (US statistics 2010)

Obesity in children has profound negative effects on their physical and psychological health.  

Even More Scary: 

When you consider that these overweight children and adolescents will continue to gain weight in their lives it is frightening to think of our adult population in the future.

The Future is Already Here:

Almost 70 percent of Mexicans are now overweight and almost one-third are obese. Although Mexico is the fattest country now, we could soon see a world where MANY countries reach this level and even go beyond it!

Facts and Figures

  1. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010.
  2.  Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years
  3.  The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010
  4.  Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period

 Note these are statistics from United States but many other countries mirror these.


  • Mildly obese- a person’s weight is 20% to 40% over ideal weight.
  • Moderately obese- 40 to 100% over ideal weight.
  • Morbidly obese – 100% over ideal weight.
  • Overweight – 10 to 20% over ideal weight.

These  exact measures of obesity are typically for adults  – read IS Obesity A Disease? – but for children  obesity it is sometime just defined as a child having enough excess weight and fat to negatively affect their health.

This underlines just how destructive this can be.

My Own Response to This Scary Trend for Children

Being obese or overweight is a symptom of poor health.  Let us help our children become healthier. When they become healthier, weight drops off.  What needs to happen is for people to get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy.

This is why I constantly write about things like Acid/Alkaline BalanceSugar Cravings, Smart Carbs, Food Combining and Powerfoods. I want to help people become healthy and then it naturally follows that they achieve their optimum weight.

Recently I started teaching my own healthy version of the trendy 2 – 5 Diet. In that course I emphasize getting healthy even though it has a focus on losing weight.  

As a parent you can take the above courses and feed your children healthy meals so they get healthy and be at their correct weight and can run around like children.  And guess what you will feel better too!

Check out all these healthy desserts to help move forward:  Sugar Free Desserts

Obesity is a Disease?

By |September 9th, 2013|

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Yes, obesity is now classified as a disease by the American Medical Association (AMA).  Do you agree?

Obesity is killing three more people than those who die from malnutrition.  It claims more than three million lives a year worldwide, according to a landmark study.

 There is no specific age required to be obese.  Unfortunately even children and old people are becoming obese in most developed countries. 

What is Obesity?

  • Mildly obese- a person’s weight is 20% to 40% over ideal weight.
  • Moderately obese- 40 to100% over ideal weight.
  • Morbidly obese – 100% over ideal weight.
  • Overweight – 10 to 20% over ideal weight.

This video shows the 10 Most Overweight Countries in the world with their customary foods. In this case overweight would be considered anyone over 10% of ideal weight.

obesity is a desease

 Is it really a disease?

Obesity is mostly created by the obese person or by their surrounding environment and yes there are exceptions.  It is not a sickness but certainly does often create disease.  A person in the obese category who is otherwise completely healthy and happy is classified as sick.  To classify it as being a disease allows people to not take personal responsibility for how they got there. This could be damaging.

Drug companies like this very much as it gives them the opportunity to sell even more prescriptions so more money into their big pockets.

“Calling obesity a disease could allow for obese people who require medical interventions to get the help they need.  We need to be able to use this disease label to the extent that it makes people take obesity seriously, and not keep blaming people for being irresponsible.” says Marlene Schwartz, the acting director of the Rudd Center for Obesity and Food Policy at Yale University

Eating too much is a much more serious health risk to the health of populations than eating poorly, except for the sub-Saharan Africa according to the Global Burden of Disease study, published in a special edition of The Lancet.

 “We have gone from a world 20 years ago where people weren’t getting enough to eat to a world now where too much food and unhealthy food – even in developing countries – is making us sick.” Said Dr Majid Ezzati, chair of global environmental health at Imperial College London.

World obesity rates on the rise: 480 million by 2022

Nine major countries (US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Japan, Brazil and Canada) will increase from 167 million in 2012 to 213 million in 2022. According to healthcare.globaldata.com

America is no longer the most obese country among more populous nations.  America is number 2 in the ranks, right behind Mexico, with 31.8 percent of its population classified as obese, and followed by New Zealand (26.5%), Chile (25.1%) and Australia (24.6%).

 Almost 70 percent of Mexicans are overweight and almost one-third are obese.  Mexican teenagers are also obese; they have tripled in the last decade.  In Mexico 70,000 people die each year from diabetes,

“The same people who are malnourished are the ones who are becoming obese,” said physician Abelardo Avila with Mexico’s National Nutrition Institute. “In the poor classes we have obese parents and malnourished children. The worst thing is the children are becoming programmed for obesity. It’s a very serious epidemic.”

See how many people become obese every second: World Meters Info Obesity

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Why is Obesity and Being Overweight on The Rise?

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Healthy Halloween?

By |October 21st, 2010|

I am concerned at all the cheap candy they collect and devour. It's basically sugar, fats and chemicals designed to create ill health. I invite you to join me in increasing the wellness of children by not giving them candy filled with chemicals in the form of color and artificial flavorings and of course sugar.