ADHD Signs – The Three ADHD Telltale Signs in Children

ADHD Signs – The Three ADHD Telltale Signs in Children

The number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has risen in the past years. If you suspect that your child has ADHD, bring your child to a specialist for a thorough examination. It is best to bring your child to a doctor whose field of specialization is diagnosing and treating ADHD.

What ADHD Telltale Signs Should You Be Aware Of?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms usually appear before the child turns seven. The first ADHD signs that may be noticeable in a child with ADHD are hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. Since children are normally hyperactive, inattentive at times, and in some situations impulsive, it may be difficult to tell if the child really has ADHD. However, if any one or more of these behaviors are present in all situations – be it at home, at play, or in school, then it is time to consult a specialist.

The ADHD signs are classified into three types or categories:

1. Inattentive type but showing insignificant hyperactive-impulsive behavior. These children fall within the general ADD category – Attention Deficit Disorder – because they lack the hyperactivity.  Children with the inattentive type of ADD are very seldom hyperactive. They seem to be lethargic and sluggish and appear to be always daydreaming. But in common with their ADHD “cousins”, they often have extreme difficulty concentrating on one particular thing especially when there is activity around them. They also get bored easily especially when the task is repetitive. In addition, children with this type of ADD often act and display their emotions without thinking about the consequences of their actions.

2. Hyperactive-impulsive type but showing insignificant inattention. Children having this type of ADHD telltale signs are always on the go, playing, touching, and talking continuously. Sitting still for them is difficult. Adults with this type of ADHD are restless and are always busy doing a lot of things at the same time.

3. Hyperactive, impulsive, and at the same time inattentive – a combination of the above two types. This is the most common form of ADHD. Children with this type of ADHD signs are very restless, often squirming in their seats and fidgeting with their hands and fingers and feet. They have difficulty behaving and may run, climb, or walk around when they are expected to behave. They may also blurt out answers even before the whole question is asked. Likewise, they are very impatient and cannot wait for their turn in lines.

The above ADHD signs and symptoms, along with observation and by ruling out the possibility of other disorders are the only basis for doctors to determine if the child has ADD, and if so whether they have the more common ADHD. Currently, there is no laboratory test available to determine the presence of ADHD. The doctor may only get an accurate diagnosis by making a full psychological and medical evaluation on the child.

Treatment for children with ADHD may vary according to the type of ADHD telltale signs that are noticeable. The child with ADHD may undergo behavior therapy carried out in a group setting, be given prescription drugs, natural or homeopathic remedies, diet therapy, biofeedback, and other kinds of treatment. Prescription medicines may be effective on a child with ADHD; however, they may also bring about the occurrence of many side effects which may only add to the discomfort of your child. When your child is diagnosed with ADHD, work closely with his doctor to be able to devise the most effective way of treating the disorder. The earlier the ADHD signs are given medical attention, the higher the chance that the symptoms can be controlled to some degree, and thereby cause less of a disruption to the child’s life.

Source by Jennifer Kaplan

What Do You Look for in Children’s Earrings?

What is it sensible to look for? Well, when we look for earrings for ourselves, we want comfort, safety and of course, to look good. And we want to really LOVE the earrings! Well, purchasing earrings for kids is much the same, but with a couple of extras to bear in mind, especially when we’re buying our kids their first few pairs of earrings for newly pierced ears. We’ve put together 6 points to guide you.

1. The earrings must first of all be made of a non toxic metal. Preferably sterling silver, stainless steel, or gold. Alloys we should be wary of, since we don’t know the components and could contain such toxic elements as cadmium, lead or nickel. These elements can cause serious health problems to children, especially very young children.

2. They must be petite so as not to overwhelm a tiny earlobe. Large earrings on little lobes, is not a good look! Also, the larger they are, the weightier they are and if they’re first-time-earring-wearers, the tinier the better.

3. They must be lightweight and comfortable. Especially for those first-time-earring-wearers, who might fiddle if they can feel them. If they can’t feel them, they will forget they’re wearing them, therefore they will not fiddle with them and lose them. Avoid little drop earrings for first-timers, because the movement will only serve to remind them of the earrings they’re wearing. Fiddling with them usually results in the backs coming off and the loss of an earring. And you don’t want to be buying new children’s earrings every week!

4. They must have a short rod, therefore made for children, not adults. However, adults can usually wear children’s earrings! Surprisingly, the thickness of ears doesn’t change much as we grow up. But if the rod is short, it’s not going to push against her head behind her ear, which is very important!

5. They must have firmly fitting backs or safety screw backs. The earrings we choose with love, are too good to lose!

6. And they must have an element that’s attractive to kids! Now this might be color, as in colorful stones or enameling, or shape, as in features like hearts, ladybugs, butterflies etc. Sparkle and shine is another feature very attractive to kids. A sparkly lead-free crystal or cz stone, especially in pink or other child-friendly color, or highly polished silver or gold, both features kids, especially little ones, really love.

Source by Jennifer M Gregory

Figuring Out Your Child’s Fever

Fever is the number one reason that children are taken to hospital emergency rooms. This is not surprising. Fevers are frequent in childhood, and they are often frightening to both parent and child. What follows is a set of questions and answers written to address that fear and to help parents know what to do when their child is hot.

Q: WHAT IS A FEVER?

A: A fever is a body temperature that is higher than normal ( 98.6 F or 37 C) as measured by a thermometer in Fahrenheit or Centrigrade degrees. Although they can help children to fight infections, fevers can also be uncomfortable and worrisome-depending on how high they climb and how old the child happens to be.

Q: HOW WILL I KNOW THAT MY CHILD HAS A FEVER?

A: Children with fever will feel hot and show certain changes in their behavior depending on their age. Newborns will be either fussier or sleepier than usual-or both; they will refuse the breast or bottle; and they are apt to have fewer, drier diapers than normal. Older babies and toddlers will be cranky, “clingy”, and less energetic than usual. They will have no appetite but will seem especially thirsty. Finally, toddlers will either be quite listless and sleepy or very irritable and have difficulty falling asleep. Older children, over age 2, will be whiny and tired, will ask for drinks, and sometimes will complain of having chills or “hurting all over.” If you note any of these changes in your child, no matter how old he is, it is smart to take his temperature.

Q: HOW DO I TAKE A TEMPERATURE?

A: There are so many different kinds of thermometer readily available for purchase at drug stores that it can be confusing to know which is best and for what age child. It might be smart to check with your pediatrician about her favorites especially since she knows your family well. Having said that, there are some tricks to choosing thermometers and to taking temperatures, as noted below:

o Best for Babies: A Rectal Temp

o Rinse your thermometer with cool water and then put petroleum jelly on the tip;

o With the baby on his tummy, put the thermometer into his rectum about one inch;

o Keep one hand on his back and the other holding the thermometer in place until it beeps.

o Expect your baby to cry but know that you are not hurting him; it is uncomfortable for him but not painful.

o Best for Preschoolers: An Axillary Temp

o Place the thermometer tip in your child’s armpit and hold his arm next to his body until the beep.

o Axillary temps are usually about a degree cooler than rectal.

o Best for Big Kids: An Oral Temp

o Keep your child from drinking anything hot or cold for 20 minutes;

o Rinse the oral thermometer in cold water;

o Place its tip under your child’s tongue until the beep.

If you take your child’s temperature and then decide to call the doctor, make sure to explain what kind of thermometer you used. This will eliminate some of the confusion that sometimes arises about the reliability or meaning of a temperature reading. Also, please note that ear, pacifier and band-aid strip thermometers are not considered reliable for home use. Temporal artery thermometers are being developed, are expensive, and are still considered controversial.

Q: HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD FEEL BETTER?

A: Fevers do not need to be treated, but children do. If your child is uncomfortable with his fever-feeling achy or having chills-then there are several tips to help him feel better.

o Give him medicine.

o Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) are highly recommended. Avoid aspirin, cold or cough medicine.

o Because Advil, Motrin and Tylenol come in many forms (like liquids or chewables) and many strengths, check with the pharmacist about the best choice and dose for your child. Generic medicines are fine and cheaper than “brands.”

o Rectal suppositories are very helpful if your child is vomiting. Your pharmacist will have these behind his counter.

o Ibuprofen should not be used in children younger than 6 months or in dehydrated children.

o Give him a bath after giving him medicine as above.

o This is suggested for children with very high fevers and/or previous seizures with fever.

o The bath should be its usual warmth or slightly cooler, not frigid. Your child is not a polar bear!

o Do not add alcohol to the bath: alcohol can cause coma.

o Water evaporating from the skin cools your child. Gently wet (and rewet) his back and head with a washcloth to bring down his fever as he plays.

o Keep him cool.

o Dress him in a t-shirt or summer pajamas.

o Take the extra blankets off his bed.

o Make sure his room is cool.

o Give him extra drinks

o Fever increases your child’s need for liquid.

o He is getting enough to drink if he urinates normally (wets his diapers well) and has lots of tears.

Many parents respond to their child’s complaint that he feels cold by bundling him up, forgetting that his primary problem is fever. But he is already too hot! If your child has a fever, it is better to pretend that it is a hot summer day: water play, cool clothes and cool drinks will help bring down his fever.

Q: WHEN SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT A FEVER?

A: There are excellent pediatric guidelines about fever and when to worry as noted below. Call your pediatrician if:

o Your child’s fever is over 100.4ºF (38ºC) and he is less than 3 months old;

o Your child’s fever is over 102ºF (39ºC) and he is less than 2 years old;

o Your child’s fever is over 104ºF (40ºC) and he is over 2 years old.

If you are worried about your child-even if his fever is lower than that listed above–please err on the side of calling for advice. Trust your instinct.

Q: WHEN SHOULD I CALL THE DOCTOR?

A: In addition to calling the pediatrician because your child has a fever in the “worrisome” range described above, it is necessary to call if your child has:

o Even a low- grade fever if he has a chronic disease like sickle cell anemia, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, neutropenia, or if he is on steroids;

o Severe pain anywhere, a stiff neck, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, or a new purplish rash;

o Difficulty breathing or blue nail beds or lips;

o A seizure (rhythmic motion of his extremities that you cannot stop);

o Unusual sleepiness or fussiness even after his fever goes down;

o An illness without fever for a few days and then a new fever;

o “Just something wrong” that worries you, especially if he is a newborn.

Q: WHAT WILL THE DOCTOR DO? WILL SHE GIVE ANTIBIOTICS?

A: Of course what the doctor will do depends to some extent on what your child has in addition to his fever. If your child has a worrisome fever for his age, the doctor will talk to you both and examine your child. She will consider ordering tests (like blood work or a urine culture). She may hospitalize him if your child is either very young or appears very sick.

The doctor will give your child antibiotics if she has diagnosed a bacterial infection like strep throat or pneumonia. She will not give him antibiotics for viral infections like colds or the flu. The fact that a child has a fever does not mean that he should be treated with antibiotics!

Q: WHEN MAY MY CHILD RETURN TO DAYCARE OR SCHOOL?

A: Most children with fever do not feel well, and many of them are contagious. Your child should not go back to daycare or school until:

o He has had no fever for 24 hours after stopping acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

o He is acting like himself again.

If you are unsure about when your child may return to school, check with your pediatrician. She will give you excellent advice based on experience with your child.

Fevers and childhood go together like peanut butter and jelly– except that no one likes fevers. Because everyone eventually gets them, it is best to be prepared. Have an appropriate thermometer and medicine on hand so that, if your child gets his first fever in the middle of the night, you will be ready to offer the comfort and care he needs.

The purpose of this article is to educate. While every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, its content should not be construed as definitive medical advice and is not a substitute for the professional judgment of your child’s health care provider in diagnosing and treating illness. Because each child’s health care needs are unique and because medical knowledge is always evolving, please consult a qualified health care professional to obtain the most current recommendations appropriate to your child’s medical care. Neither the author nor the publisher shall be liable for any outcome or damages resulting from reliance upon the content of this publication.

MOTRIN® is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson. TYLENOL® is a registered trademark of The Tylenol Company. ADVIL® is a registered trademark of Wyeth. No association, affiliation or endorsement of this article or its contents by the referenced companies is intended or implied.

Source by Charlotte Cowan

Is Cellulite In Kids Normal And How Do You Get Rid Of Cellulite In Kids Safely?

Cellulite in kids is slowly becoming more and more prevalent in industrialized countries, and not many are sure why. As a fitness professional, I firmly believe the issue is not something found in our food but rather how much food is being consumed. If you are still scratching your head, the issue is that childhood obesity is in my opinion becoming a pandemic that should be addressed. So is it normal for kids to have cellulite? The answer now, compared to even a decade ago, is an unfortunate yes.

As mentioned cottage cheese skin, a common way of referring to cellulite, is becoming very common due to industrialized countries obesity rates. Cottage cheese skin is not simply fat however, and there is controversy in the medical field toward cellulite being a sign of greater health concerns. Cellulite is basically a result of subcutaneous fat coupled with water retention herniating toward the skin.

If you have noticed female youths having a greater or more noticeable amount of cellulite, you are on to something. It has been shown that females, kids or grown women, have a connective tissue that is honeycomb shaped. This is why you will notice that kids with cellulite are more likely to be female. Men or boys have more of a horizontally structured connective tissue which makes them less likely to have a noticeable cellulite problem.

Before going through conventional ways to get rid of cellulite, you may have noticed that not everyone with a cellulite problem is overweight. Aside from being related to subcutaneous fat, cellulite problems also are caused by water retention, as mentioned above, coupled with restricted blood flow that actually helps to herniate the connective tissue.

Let’s cover some of the ways to rid your kid of cellulite. When searching for ways, most commonly you will find a laser treatment recommended. Personally, a laser is the last thing I would want going anywhere near my child. Aside from that, treatments such as Cellulaze can run you anywhere from $4,500 to $7,000 on the low end.

Seeing laser treatment isn’t necessarily the way we want our children to get rid of cellulite, what else is out there? One thing you could do that is far less expensive and not invasive at all is by using a body brush. Body brushing is not only less expensive than Cellulaze and related treatments it is far less invasive and can be done by your child. Additionally, body brushing can also stimulate blood flow as well as the lymph system while removing dead skin.

As I mentioned earlier.com, cellulite is often though of as being an obesity related issue. Focusing on that, we can all say the current generation of kids do not have the healthiest diet. One thought process going into this is the toxins or non-natural elements entering our children’s body. This way of thinking highly advocates going for an organic or even paleo based diet.

What we need to take away from this and realize is that although our societies are advancing, our personal health is falling. As a fitness professional I personally say our obesity epidemic is getting out of hand. Implementing the steps above as well as below. Should help you dramatically see a difference in cellulite reduction.

Source by James Boulay

The Dangers of Fast Food

The fast food industry has added every chemical possible that they can legally get away with to addict people to their food. In fact, if you eat fast food and you stop eating it, you actually go through withdrawal symptoms. It’s like a drug. Not only that, the preservatives are so high in these fast food burgers these days that the product does not even break down. Fast food has been linked in the increase in obesity in both adults and children. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in our country, particularly in children. Here are some startling statistics to consider:

65% of American adults are overweight

30% of Americans are obese

According to the American Obesity Association, 127 million Americans are overweight, 60 million Americans are obese, and 9 million are “morbidly obese”: they weigh 100 pounds more than they should.

In the last twenty years, the rate of obesity has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents and teens.

As of September 2004, nine million American kids between the ages of six and eighteen were obese.

OBESITY:

A KILLER Obesity-related illnesses will kill around 400,000 Americans this year–almost the same as smoking. Americans have gotten so big that their coffins have to be supersized!

Related illnesses caused by obesity:

High cholesterol

High blood pressure

Heart disease

Breast Cancer

Colon cancer

Gout

Arthritis

Asthma

Diabetes

Strokes

In 2003, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one out of three kids born in America in the year 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes. The life of a ten-year-old child who has Type II diabetes will be, on average, between seventeen and twenty-six years shorter than that of a healthy child. Diabetes can lead to heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage in the lower legs which may result in amputation (82,000 of these cases occur every year). Diabetes is currently the sixth-highest cause of death in America.

Fast Food is Everywhere

The rise of the fast food industry plays a critical role in why our country is plagued with obesity. Fast food is everywhere: in big cities, small towns, shopping malls, the airport, the bus station, schools, and even hospitals!

There are 31,000 McDonald’s worldwide- almost 14,000 of them are in the U.S.

People are Eating a lot of Fast Food

Fast food has become cheaper and easier to buy. In 2004, Americans spent $124 billion dollars on fast food. That same year, The American Journal of Preventive Medicine published a study showing that the percentage of fast food calories in the American diet has increased from 3 percent to 12 percent over the last twenty years.

Fast food culture was introduced to other countries around the world in the 1980’s. In countries like Japan and China, people have abandoned traditional healthy diets in favor of fast food and as a result the rate of obesity and other diseases has soared.

Fast Food Restaurants Serve More

Not only is fast food everywhere, but fast food companies encourage the consumer to eat more by supplying over-sized burgers, extra-large servings for fries, and buckets of soda.

Products like The Whopper, The Big Gulp, and Super Size meals pack in a whopping amount of calories, sugars, and fats. Let’s take a closer look: The Double Gulp soda at your local 7-11 holds 64 ounces of soda – that is half a gallon! It contains the equivalent of 48 teaspoons of sugar. A typical hamburger at a fast food restaurant weighs six ounces. In 1957, it weighed one ounce. According to one nutritionist, your average fast food meal is more like three meals.

The average meal at a McDonald’s has 1,550 calories.

Fast Food is not Good For Us

We’re eating more food that is not nutritious. Most fast-food meals are high in fat, high in sugar, high in calories, high in starch, high in salt, and low in fiber and nutrients. Because fast food lacks nutrients, after we eat it we’re not satisfied. That makes us hungry for more soon after.

Why kids are at a major risk

Our children are exposed to an onslaught of advertising for fast food. Fast food chains spend more then $3 billion every year on television advertising. They intentionally campaign to kids so they become life-long customers. These are known as cradle-grave advertising strategies. Researchers have found that children can often recognize a company logo, like the Golden Arches, before they can recognize their own name.

In one year, the typical American child watches more that 40,000 TV commercials. Around 20,000 of these ads are for junk food: fast food, candy, soda, and breakfast cereals. This means that your child sees a junk food ad every five minutes when they’re watching TV.

To further motivate children to eat fast food, companies like McDonald’s have Happy Meals with free toys. McDonald’s gives away more than 1.5 billion toys every year. Almost one out of every three new toys given to American kids each year is from McDonald’s or another fast food restaurant.

In order to combat these calculated advertising strategies, educating our children on healthy eating habits that are easy, fun, and taste great is paramount. By teaching our children how harmful fast food is and how to eat healthier, they are empowered to make the right choices.

Fast Food is filled with chemicals and preservatives.

Fast food doesn’t break down. This is because it is loaded with chemicals and preservatives. There’s of course, the great video out on YouTube called The Bionic Burger that illustrates this in a fun and informative way.

The link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYyDXH1amic

The video is based on a true story. In 1991, this software engineer from Burlington, Vermont (he prefers to remain anonymous) was out with friends in Boston for New Year’s Eve and stopped at McDonald’s on the way home. He bought a couple of cheeseburgers, ate one and put the other in his coat pocket to have later.

He forgot about the burger in his pocket. A year later, he pulled his coat out of the closet, put it on, and discovered the cheeseburger in his pocket from New Year’s Eve. It looked exactly the same. He was absolutely blown away. He told his friends and family but nobody believed him. So he decided to start a burger museum to demonstrate to everyone that these cheeseburgers and hamburgers were literally indestructible.

He started collecting burgers, one every year. By the fall of 2004, he had amassed quite a collection:

The original ’91 McDonald’s Cheeseburger from that New Year’s Ever

’92 McDonald’s Cheeseburger and Big Mac

’93 Burger King Hamburger

’94 McDonald’s Hamburger

’95-’03 McDonald’s Cheeseburgers

He kept them on bookshelves in his living room in the open air. These burgers look exactly the same. The bun, the meat, the cheese, the special sauce, the pickle, even the lettuce. They have all retained their shape, and color for over a decade!

Food is supposed to break down.

Food is supposed to be the most biodegradable of all products. How is it possible that these burgers have not broken down? Decayed? Become moldy?

My friends Len Foley and Rebecca Gauthier were not convinced. They thought maybe there was an exaggeration, or it was simply not true. So they went and bought a hamburger at the local McDonald’s in Burbank, CA February 2007.

They put it in their garage in the open air and left it there. Once a week they would go out and “check” on their burger. It would continue to look and smell exactly the same. No animals, insects, or birds touched it. After one year, they began to feature it in several health exhibits along with some of Matt’s hamburgers from his burger collection. Since then, they have added a Hostess Twinkie, cupcake, and other hamburgers to their collection. As of April 2008, there have been no noted changes in the food’s composition.

If you don’t believe me, try it out for yourself! Go invest a buck and buy a burger. (this is the only time I will ever tell you to do something like this by the way!) Put it in your garage, or wherever, and just let it sit there. I think it is important to see this for yourself so you will know on a deep level the implications of what this means. The food is not breaking down therefore it cannot be natural.

We brought the bionic burger museum to a recent health event to demonstrate how fast food is made of chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and low quality ingredients. Hundreds and hundreds of people saw burgers that were between one and eleven years old. None of them had decomposed. Adults and children were shocked. When people see first hand that fast food is not food, it has a powerful impact that can cause them to make the right choice: the choice to eat healthy, nutritious food instead of a cornucopia of chemicals, preservatives, fat, grease, and salt.

This video I just described has been viewed by 1.3 million people on YouTube. It has been translated into 7 different languages, and featured on 50,000 blogs. This demonstrates that people want this information, they want to be informed because information empowers us to make the right choice. You choose every day what you are going to put into your body. Make the best choice and put food in your body that is going to help you, not harm you.

When you put living food in your body it contains enzymes that naturally break the food down. The ripening process of fruit, for example, is an enzyme controlled process. And those enzymes will eventually, if that fruit’s not eaten, cannibalize the fruit. So the fruit will eat itself.

Well, these burgers aren’t eating themselves. They are here twenty years later because there are no enzymes present. These burgers are so loaded with preservatives that they’re like a sealant, as if they are permanently made, like you would have a painting glazed over and framed and put on your wall. It’s not food, it’s something else. What that something else is, we don’t know, but I’m totally impressed that people can survive eating it.

Now I’ve also seen the burger that’s nineteen years old, some that were fifteen, sixteen years old. it looks like we now have the technology to build the world’s first bionic burger! I recommend if you are serious about your health, you AVOID fast food AT ALL COSTS! There are so many healthy alternatives that can not only satiate your cravings, but deliver the vitamins and nutrients your body needs for peak performance. Please read all about delicious superfoods, superherbs, and other superior healthy foods in one of our many other special reports on http://www.thebestdayever.com.

Source by David Wolfe

3 Ways That Failed to Solve the Obesity Epidemic – Big Time

Two thirds of all Americans are overweight or obese. That means when you go to the mall for every ten people you see six will be overweight or obese. Amazing! This number is growing. Soon seven out of ten people will be overweight or obese. It is now more common for adults in our society to be overweight and obese than in a healthy weight range. It’s not just adults, however. Obesity in children is also growing at alarming rates. The health consequences that these children face and are going to continue to face in their futures is a true tragedy.

Of course the obvious problem with obesity is that it causes major health problems. Obesity drastically increases one’s risk for Type II diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancer, as well as psychological illnesses such as severe depression and complete withdraw from family/society.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, stated that obesity will soon take over tobacco as the leading preventable cause of death. Harvard School of Public Health discovered that one third of all cancers are due to issues of nutrition, mostly obesity. It has also observed that obesity will soon be responsible for more cancers than smoking.

It is no exaggeration that in 100 years people will look back at this time and talk about the obesity epidemic and how it destroyed more people than any epidemic in history. Epidemics like the black plague and AIDS will pale in comparison to the devastation caused by obesity.

We know fighting fat is not simple. We know that there is no one magical diet that will work for all. If there was a magic diet or pill there would not be an epidemic. There does not exist an isolated answer (such as, a single diet, a single pill, a single exercise routine, a single self-help tape) to fighting fat, because fighting fat is such a complex problem.

Fighting fat with these methods – a single diet, a single pill, a single exercise routine, a single self-help tape, and surgery – has done two things. First it has failed to result in permanent weight loss, and second it has made a lot of people very rich.

Billions of dollars are spent by consumers each and every year in hope of finding the solution to fighting fat. Unfortunately, all that is truly being purchased is the equivalent of a Band-Aid to fix a bullet wound. They are superficial fixes that do not attack the problem at the root, and therefore offer either temporary fixes or no fix at all. These are not profound observations. All you have to do is look at the problem at hand, then look at the solutions offered and employed, and finally look at the results these solutions have provided thus far.

Let’s look at the problem at hand first. Obesity is an epidemic that will soon be responsible for more deaths every year than any other preventable cause of death. This epidemic has been growing like wildfire over the past two decades, and continues to grow with no end in sight.

Next, we will look at the three most common solutions offered and employed to fix the problem. The first one is Fad Diets. Here is a short list of fad diets you may have heard of before: cabbage diet, grapefruit diet, lazy diet, Atkins diet, 3 day diet, 7 day diet, 30 day diet, chocolate diet, fruit juice diet, low fat diet, South Beach diet, negative calorie diet, six times a day diet, one good meal diet, Hollywood diet, The Zone, Sugar Busters, Carb Addicts, Sugar Addicts, Jenny Craig, Dr. Phil, metabolism diet, protein power, glycemic index diet, fast food diet, Alien diet, etc.

The second common way offered to fix the obesity epidemic is with drugs, a.k.a. diet pills. There are two classes of drugs. They are known as the ever popular All Natural drugs, and the growing in popularity pharmaceutical manufactured drugs.

The third way offered to fix the obesity epidemic is with surgeries such as liposuction and gastric bypass.

Now let’s look at the results. We’ll start with fad diets. Fad diets usually result in an initial weight loss, followed by a cycle of frustration, loss of motivation, and weight gain. The diets plans do not include how to change behavior, therefore they fail. In order for an individual to achieve permanent weight loss they must change their ‘frame of mind’. These fad diets do not do this.

How about drugs? Let’s start with the all natural pills, drinks, powders, etc. One of the biggest money making marketing tactics over the past 10 years has been to attach the words “All Natural” to everything. For some crazy reason people think that just because something is from nature that it is, not only not harmful, but good for you. In addition, for this marketing technique to be really effective it must attack everything else as being a harmful chemical. You hear this all the time being stated as, Don’t put those chemicals into your body, instead use this all natural substance. The whole thing is not based on any truth and potentially very dangerous.

First of all, everything is a chemical. Have you every tried dihydrogen oxide? Dihydrogen oxide sounds like a pretty serious chemical doesn’t it. Well its common name is water. Water is made when 2 hydrogen atoms are chemically bonded to an oxygen atom – H2O. Life cannot exist without water. However, if you drink too much water you will die from water toxicity. Of course water can be toxic. Anything can be toxic, and everything is a chemical.

Would you eat arsenic, plutonium, mercury, or lead? Why not, they are all natural. Each one is a fundamental element found in nature. If you’re really interested in getting some arsenic you can find it in apple seeds. Do you know how many deadly poisons are produced in nature by plants alone? Many of your backyards are full of them.

The bottom line is that it is insane and very dangerous to think something is good for you and not harmful just because it can be found naturally. Do not let the All Natural marketing tactic ever persuade you again! You know what I say about the All Natural diet pills and all the other All Natural marketing that is promoted by the powerful multi-billion dollar health industry – caveat emptor which means buyer beware.

The truth is that the mechanism of most of the diet pills is that they contain some stimulant, most often a form of caffeine. For example, guarana is a very popular ingredient in many diet aids. Guarana is a climbing plant common to Brazil that produces a fruit that has about three times the amount of caffeine as typical coffee beans. The bottom line is that guarana is all natura’ and it contains the stimulant caffeine. There are numerous names for caffeine. When found in guarana its called guaranine. When it’s found in the yerba mate plant it’s called mateine, and in common tea leaves the caffeine is called theine. They are all synonyms for the same chemical compound. All of these different names allow marketers to hide the fact that their products just contain a bunch of caffeine or caffeine metabolites.

Overall, stimulants do increase your metabolism which does result in burning more calories. Stimulants also raise your blood pressure, irritate your nervous system, cause your heart to work harder, and stress your cardiovascular system. In addition, over time, your body grows a tolerance to the stimulant and the only way to get the same effects is to increase the amount taken. As you can imagine, this can become very dangerous. Oh by the way, there is another popular plant leaf that contains an all natural stimulant that increases your metabolism and helps burn calories. It’s known as cocaine. Are you getting my point?

Are the pharmaceutical manufactured diet pills any better? Since weight loss is a multi-billion dollar industry, everyone wants to be involved. Big pharmaceutical companies are no different. They have big budgets earmarked for weight loss research and development. Their goal is to find a chemical that can be taken by overweight and obese individuals that will result in weight loss.

The process to find a chemical such as this begins with research on lab animals, such as rats. If they find a chemical that shows positive results in the animals without causing evident harm, they move to the next phase which is human trials. Initially, the chemical will be tested on small groups of volunteers, or paid participants. If these early experiments show promise, then the studies become larger. If over time and over numerous studies, the chemical is shown to be effective – statistically – and not harmful – within reason – then the chemical will be deemed safe and effective for use by the general population. It will subsequently be marketed, prescribed, and sold.

This all sounds reasonable, but here is why this hasn’t led to solving the obesity epidemic. The studies are limited to a relatively small sample of the population. Just because there was positive results and seemingly no harmful side effects to this relatively small segment of the population does not mean it is going to be safe and effective for the population at large. Everyone is physiologically and genetically different. There are too many differences between people in the general population for one drug to be safe and effective for everyone.

Have you ever heard of Fen-Phen? Fen-Phen is a combination treatment of two drugs Fenfluramine and Dexfenfluramine that was designed and touted as an effective and safe weight loss medicine. Well it wasn’t long before physiological difference among the population popped up, and the FDA was bombarded with reports of Fen-Phen causing heart valve disease. The final result, Fen-Phen was taken off the market, big law suits ensued, people were physically damaged, and obesity is still an epidemic.

The third unsuccessful attempt at curing the obesity epidemic is through surgeries, such as liposuction and gastric bypass. Liposuction is a surgery where fat is sucked out from where it accumulates under the skin. This sounds pretty cool except for the fact that it is not a permanent solution. As soon as the individual begins to take in more energy than is being used their body very efficiently begins to make brand new fat cells to store the excess energy. In other words, this ‘solution’ ain’t going to last long if the eating behavior that got them to this point in the place is resumed after the surgery. Liposuction is merely a temporary solution.

Gastric Bypass is an extreme surgery that basically removes and re-routes portions of your digestive tract to physically limit the amount of food that can be consumed and absorbed. This surgery is extreme, painful, and very dangerous, as numerous people have died from the surgery itself. If the surgery is successful, the individual does usually lose weight. They lose weight because they are physically limited to what they can eat. If they overeat, which often means more than a few tablespoons of food at a time, they will vomit it up.

One problem that arises is that it is difficult to get proper nutrient absorption. In addition, what happens is that, through force feeding, the digestive tract grows to accommodate larger and larger amounts of food. Before not too long these individuals can eat as much as they had in the past, which translates into gaining all the weight back. Gastric bypass, by itself, is not a permanent solution.

What do all these ‘Solutions’ have in common? They are all a quick fix, they require very little effort on the part of the person attempting to lose weight, someone else is making money, and they are not effective in producing permanent weight loss.

In all fairness, a solution to any problem that is a quick fix and requires little effort is never going to be a permanent solution. Once again, there really is nothing profound being observed here.

What is being done by the Government and Schools? Never in the history of human existence has the rate of obesity increased more than it has over just the past two decades. Of course, the obvious question is – Why? Well, the correct answer is that there is no single reason. I’d like to point out some of the major causes.

In the September 2007 edition of Scientific American, NYU professor Marion Nestle pointed to a political cause of obesity. She noted that in 1980 the Reagan administration’s deregulation of industry freed up agricultural production. This encouraged farmers to grow more food. The calories available per capita in the U.S. increased from 3,200 a day in 1980 to 3,900 a day two decades later. That is a difference of 700 calories available in the U.S. food supply per person per day.

Let’s put this in perspective. With everything else staying constant, if you eat 500 less calories per day, you will lose one pound of fat every week. Based on this, if you consumed 700 extra calories per day for a year you would gain 73 pounds. Now most people don’t gain this much weight in a year because there are a lot of other variables that must be included, but you get the idea of the significance this political move had on the obesity epidemic.

This led to one of the most significant causes of obesity – increased portion size! Professor Nestle further exposed the following: The early 1980’s also marked the advent of the shareholder value movement on Wall Street. Stockholder demands for higher short-term returns on investments forced food companies to expand sales in a marketplace that already contained excessive calories. Food companies responded by seeking new sales and marketing opportunities. They encouraged formerly shunned practices that eventually changed social norms, such as frequent between-meal snacking, eating in book and clothing stores, and serving larger portions.

There is so much food available that food establishments, such as restaurants, use huge portion sizes as a marketing tool. We have grown conditioned and accustomed to these enormous portions of food. The bottom line is that these portions are simply too much. It’s sadly ironic that there are people literally starving around the world and yet truth be told there is a surplus of food. The problem of starvation around the world is not sufficient food production. The problem is food distribution. It’s an economic and logistics problem.

Since we’re on the government, let’s talk about the Food Guide Pyramid. The Food Guide Pyramid, developed in 1991, was the government’s underhanded attempt to educate people on how to eat a balanced and healthy diet. The branch of government responsible for producing the Food Guide Pyramid is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). First of all, don’t you think that there is a more qualified branch of the government to determine what a healthy diet constitutes – like a medical or health branch? You know, a branch that actually has individuals highly qualified to talk about medical and health issues. When I want to know how to plant corn I’ll call the Department of Agriculture, not when I want to know what diet will keep me healthy.

Walter Willett, chairperson of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, states that the government’s pyramid is built on “shaky scientific ground and that it is tremendously flawed”. Dr. Willett is basing his response on the very best science and controlled studies we have available today. And when he was asked about the government’s food pyramid stance on fats, protein, dairy, and carbohydrates, Willett said none of this is accurate, and the pyramid is so out of sync with scientific evidence that it almost has to be totally dismantled and rebuilt from the ground up.

Why would the Department of Agriculture do this? If you study the Food Guide Pyramid, you would see that it recommends that individuals, by far, get the majority of their daily calories from agricultural products such as rice, pasta, bread, and potatoes. Yes, it is a self serving guide that benefits lobbying groups such as the U.S. Potato Board and other farming interest groups. This has nothing to do with a conspiracy theory, but everything to do with simply lining pockets and serving political agendas. Sad, but true.

In 2005, the government released a new version of the pyramid called My Pyramid. It’s just more ambiguous, and therefore is less able to be directly attacked. All you have to know about the new pyramid is that it is still put out by the Department of Agriculture.

Are our schools doing a better job? Let’s start with the basics – school lunches. Read the following guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding school lunches. Then you can be the judge of whose best interests are in mind. I don’t think you will conclude that it is our children’s best interest.

This is a direct quote from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Generally, public or nonprofit private schools of high school grade or under and public or nonprofit private residential child care institutions may participate in the school lunch program. School districts and independent schools that choose to take part in the lunch program get cash subsidies and donated commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve lunches that meet Federal requirements. In addition to cash reimbursements, schools are entitled by law to receive commodity foods, called “entitlement” foods. Schools can also get “bonus” commodities as they are available from surplus agricultural stocks. School food authorities can also be reimbursed for snacks served to children through age 18 in after school educational or enrichment programs. U.S. Department of Agriculture

Another inexcusable act being committed by schools is the strategic placement and availability of vending machines. These vending machines are filled with soda, candy, caffeine and sugar laden energy drinks, chips, and cupcakes. Food and vending companies bid to have their machines placed in the cafeteria, halls, and even the gym. The companies get money, the school gets money, and the kids get overweight and unhealthy.

Perhaps the most sinful act of all, however, is the reduction / elimination of physical activity in the curriculum. Gym class and recess are disappearing. Child obesity, diabetes in children, hypertension in children, and restlessness in children are all increasing. You don’t have to have a medical background to see the connection here. It’s more of just observing and having common sense.

As a college professor who teaches freshman and sophomores, I see first hand the level at which our students are prepared after they leave high school. I’m not going to discuss math and writing skills, but I am going to point out the lack of real world preparation that these students have. Bottom line is that our secondary education system is dropping the ball when is comes to real world preparation. This includes things like: writing a resume and interviewing for a job, understanding different types of mortgages and other basic information when buying a home, understanding contracts such as lease agreements, understanding credit cards, bank loans, car loans, and credit scores, understanding how to leverage and invest money; stocks and real estate, understanding the importance of basic health maintenance such as regular dental and doctor visits, regular self breast and testicular exams, understanding the basics of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals, understanding the real health issues associated with obesity, and understanding how to read food labels and serving size.

This list could go on and on. From the above list I can guarantee you that if properly educated the following tragedies would have been limited: U.S. Foreclosure Explosion of 2008, massive credit card debt, and of course the Obesity Epidemic of the 21 century.

H.G. Wells said that human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. I hate to say it but I think our education system is losing. We need change! If we are going to conquer this epidemic, we need to start doing things differently. We cannot attack this problem as we have been, because it obviously is just not working.

Source by Jay Snaric

Childhood Obesity – A Serious Problem

‘A fat body makes a lean mind’, said someone. And you certainly don’t want that to apply to your child. So here’s the wake-up call- Childhood obesity has taken epidemic proportions in the United States. It is today the most common pediatric medical problem in the country. In an era of fast foods and video games, preventing your child from becoming obese is a challenge.

It’s quite alarming to note that a study conducted earlier this year, by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that about 32 percent of children were overweight, 16 percent were obese and 11 percent were extremely obese. Obesity also seems to be more prevalent among boys than girls. With the problem reaching crisis proportions even junk food makers have expressed that children should be steered toward more healthful choices. So what are the causes of childhood obesity and how can you prevent it?

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them”, said James Baldwin at the California Child Obesity Conference in 2003. Children themselves are not entirely responsible for the problem. Adults have a big share in it too. Parents need to develop healthy lifestyles to encourage healthy lifestyles in children. Also, most parents do not spend enough time with children to encourage physical activity everyday. Consequently, children spend most of their time playing video games or watching TV, growing up to be couch potatoes.

Junk food and soda have been primary contributors too. A study conducted by the Kaiser Foundation, a nonprofit organization, found that effect of junk food ads was more on 8-12 year old children, as they are unable to distinguish between ads and TV programs. This age-group is exposed to approximately 21 junk food ads per day. Therefore there is a need to prevent junk food ads during TV programs aimed at children. But before blaming TV ads or junk food manufacturers, here’s what you can do to prevent your child from becoming obese:

  • Make your child aware of the ill-effects of eating junk food and the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables.
  • Encourage your child to participate in a good amount of physical activity everyday. Make them exercise.
  • Monitor their TV-viewing habits and ensure they don’t spend too much time in front of the TV.
  • Develop a healthier lifestyle and act as a role-model to your child, because your child imitates you.

It’s time to give this some serious thought, because childhood obesity can cause major health problems like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia (disruption of the amount of lipids in the blood), chronic inflammation and Hyperinsulinemia (excess levels of circulating insulin in the blood). It can also cause cardiovascular diseases at later stages. Childhood obesity can be very difficult to cure, since children who are obese are prone to obesity throughout their lives. So think about it. It’s in your hands to make your child lead a healthy life!

Source by Ramya Rangarajan