The Crisis of Childhood Obesity

According to the latest statistics about 75 percent of American men and 67 percent of women are either overweight or obese. This means less than one-third of US adults are at a healthy weight.

The statistics for children are equally disturbing. Over 17 percent of American children between the ages of 2 and 19 fall into the obese category, which can set them up for a lifetime of very serious health problems.childhood_obesity_mexico

Obesity Is a Marker for Many Chronic Diseases That Can Cut Life Short

Obesity is closely tied to a number of chronic diseases. In the US, eight obesity-related diseases account for 75 percent of all healthcare costs. This includes type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and dementia. About one-third of all cancers are also directly related to obesity.

When you consider that two hallmarks of obesity are insulin/leptin resistance and chronic inflammation, you can begin to recognize that excess weight is fertile ground for a wide array of other ailments — many of which can cut your life significantly short.

Obese children significantly increase their risk of suffering obesity-related illnesses and complications far earlier in life than others. Research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015 revealed obese children as young as 8 years old now display signs of heart disease!

Junk Food Marketing Has Great Influence on Kids’ Eating Habits

Food marketing expenditures are quite telling. In 2009, a whopping $1.7 billion was spent on unhealthy food marketing to kids, compared to a mere $280 million spent on healthy food ads.

Kids aren’t even safe from predatory marketing at school. In 2009, companies spent $149 million marketing soda and other sugary drinks in schools, and on average these drinks contained 16 or more grams of sugar per serving — an amount that meets or exceeds the maximum daily recommended sugar intake for most kids.

A large number of studies have also confirmed that sugary beverages in particular are strongly associated with obesity, and this is NOT limited to soda. Fruit juices will in many instances contain nearly identical amounts of sugar as soda, yet many parents are still under the illusion that fruit juice is “healthy,” and fail to consider these beverages when looking for dietary culprits for their child’s weight gain.

To prevent obesity and chronic disease, the World Health OrganizatioN (WHO) suggests limiting your sugar consumption to a maximum of 5 percent of your daily calories, which equates to about 25 grams/6 teaspoons of sugar per day for most adults.

The limit for children is around 3 to 4 teaspoons a day, or 12 to 16 grams. So just one sugary beverage can easily put a child over the limit of what their body can safely handle without adverse health effects.

Other junk foods also feature heavily in schools. According to the featured video, “20 percent of the rise in the BMI of teens is associated with the increased availability of junk food in schools.”

Nutrition At Roth Wellness & Chiropractic

You are what you eat, and nutritional wellness is a direct reflection of this.  The concept of  nutritional wellness is pretty straight forward, it is the science of looking at the relationship between our diet and our health. Dr. Roth has spent over twenty years researching and locating the most natural and powerful nutritional supplements in the world to help her clients reach nutritional wellness and balance.

When the team at Roth Wellness & Chiropractic begins working with a new patient, extra time and research is done to make sure that each patient receives exactly what they need to find balance through our nutritional wellness program.

Here at Roth Wellness & Chiropractic we utilize the most cutting edge technology to help create balance and ideal nutrition that is tailored perfectly for your individual body!