Continued from What Makes Kids Fat.
Do you know how to fight childhood obesity? If you do not know how to fight childhood obesity, here is what you need to be aware of: More than 12 million American youngsters are overweight. Experts project that by 2010, a fifth of them will be obese.
Already, children who are obese are starting to develop many diseases long associated with middle age: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gallstones, joint problems, liver disease, and cognitive problems. New research in the Journal of the American Medical Association also links obesity in adolescence with higher incidence of pancreatic cancer.
Soft drinks make an easy target in the obesity battle, since they offer little or no nutritive value – and often contain high-fructose corn syrup or dubious artificial sweeteners. Not surprisingly, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey links sugary beverages to metabolic problems in teens, independent of their physical activity levels. Now a study at UC, San Francisco, suggests that sugary drinks can raise systolic blood pressure in adolescents.
How to fight childhood obesity Encourage your kids to drink plenty of water and invest in nontoxic, reusable water bottles. Also ask their schools to replace soft drinks with water – if they still have vending machines. [source: Taste for Life]