Latest Research On Fat and Obesity
According to a report in USNews posted on April 16, 2010, obesity is starting at a younger age and lasting longer in America. The report appeared in the April issue of the International Journal of Obesity. According to the researchers of the report, the obesity epidemic may be cutting the lives of our young people short. How did we get so far from the naturally healthy lifestyles of our ancestors?
Is There Something In The Water?
Although no one knows for sure, it is likely that there is a complicated mix of factors. Research suggests, that there are persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that may be affecting our hormones. These pollutants are found increasingly in our water supply. These POPs are everywhere, in plastics, makeup, clothing, even the air we breathe. The impact may not even be obvious, but anything that disturbs the finely tuned endocrine system is bound to affect the way we store fat and how much. There is no doubt that these pollutants are increasing in our water supplies. But are they to blame for the situation?
What Are We Eating?
There is mounting evidence that the majority of what we consume in America, is simply not naturally healthy food. If it is packaged in bottles, cans or boxes, chances are that the living enzymes and nutrients have been depleted of their life giving essence. The advent of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been a boon for the food industry. But for consumers, this artificial product has been implicated in short circuiting the mechanism that signals the brain to stop eating. Our highly refined carbohydrate rich diet, is simply not concucive to long term health.
Programming The Metabolism.
There is a point in a normally developing child where to a large part their metabolic rate is set. Depending on many factors, diet being one of them, this basal metabolic rate may determine the quality of life in adulthood. Since diet is one of the few factors that is within our control, it is best to focus on providing the optimum metabolic programming through the food consumed at this stage.
The Solution To The Pollution!
Parents make all the difference. Your child does not understand endocrinology, hormones, leptin, ghrelin, insulin or enzymes. Heck, most of us adults do not either. Nonetheless, it is our duty to give them the best quality food and the best chance at a normal healthy life as possible. This could be as simple as replacing those empty carbs with naturally healthy raw fruits and vegetables at least one meal a day.