Obesity: Here’s what you can do.

We need to have a frank talk about child obesity.

A complete crock.

Wait! Don’t run away! I know–most talks about obesity are ungodly depressing, what with the we’re-all-going-to-die! rhetoric that usually kicks off any discussion of the subject. So I’m going to start a bit backward here and tell you what can help, really help, courtesy of the University of California, San Francisco.

  1. Get rid of all sugared drinks (yep–juice, soft drinks, sports drinks, the whole shebang). Serve only water and milk at home.
  2. Eat your carbohydrates with fiber. The best way to avoid overdoing sugar in your kids’ diet is to serve it the way nature produces it: in fresh fruits and veggies.
  3. Wait 20 minutes before offering second helpings.
  4. Have your kids buy their “screen time”–TV, games, etc.–minute-for-minute with physical activity.
This isn’t as hard as it looks, if you take it a step at a time. In future posts I’ll discuss how to do that, as well as the how’s and why’s of the obesity epidemic, like why high fructose corn syrup is a is a very bad actor (no matter what the manufacturers say in those cutesy ads), why fiber is so important, why sports drinks are awful (unless you’re Kobe Bryant), how exercise and stress reduction provide benefits long after the activity is done, how small changes make a big difference, and a raft of other things.
This will be an ongoing series–ongoing perhaps until eternity, there’s so much new information coming out these days.
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2 responses to “Obesity: Here’s what you can do.

  1. Thanks, Dr. Sloane. I anxiously await the eternity of future posts. I have an obese 13-year-old niece and–this isn’t talked about much these days–an underfed 16-year-old son.

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  2. Looking forward to reading your thoughts about school breakfast and lunch programs. No nutritional value = lowered learning ability + obesity.

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