Mar 17, 2017
Everyone knows that obesity is a problem for our children and
youth. Recent stats in the journal of childhood obesity show
the scope of the issue. 33% of children and youth are
overweight or obese. Less than half our kids under 11 are
getting enough movement in their day and that drops to a miserable
8% when we are talking about adolescents. This is not a new
phenomenon. It has been around for awhile now and
unfortunately despite parents efforts it does not seem to be
turning things around. We know now that significantly
overweight and obese kids also suffer from a long list of other
health issues we would normally only see in adults. We have
watched as Type 2 diabetes rates among kids skyrocket. But,
our kids are also suffering from breathing problems like sleep
apnea, joint problems and high blood pressure. They are also
more likely to get sick with colds and flus which mean more day off
school and stress on the family. This is how our kids are
starting off life. Imagine what things will look like for
them 20 years down the road. It is a real problem and one
that we as parents need to take control of. Let’s face it the
moves made by industry and government have done nothing to help our
kids lose weight and live healthier! We need to be our kids
own hero’s here just as much as we would with an autistic child or
a child with an autoimmune condition.
As an adult who grew up struggling with a weight issue I know that it is a sensitive subject and one that is not easily tackled especially when we are following government guidelines and popular media nutrition advice. It is time to start thinking about this a little differently and getting our heads around our kids eating, their bodies and how to best help them achieve the health they deserve.
Today on Kids Health Revolution Radio we are talking with a trusted voice in the health and nutrition world, Robb Wolf. He has a new book coming out called Wired to Eat which delves into many aspects of our bodies and our struggles with health. He looks into the neuro-regulation of appetite and how hyper-palatable foods can override our off switch. He also explores the roll of sleep, gut health, stress (yes our kid’s can be stressed!), exercise and even community in our health or lack of it.
He joins us on the show today to give us some details on these things and how we can use them to begin make changes that will make a real difference for our kids and impact their quality of life.
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There are some great bonuses for anyone who buys Robb's new book Wired to Eat before March 21st! http://robbwolf.com/wiredtoeat
Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist, health expert, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Paleo Solution and the eagerly anticipated Wired To Eat. He has been a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism and Journal of Evolutionary Health; serves on the board of directors of Specialty Health medical clinic in Reno, Nevada; and is a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resilience Program. Wolf is also a former California State powerlifting champion and holds the rank of blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife Nicki, and daughters Zoe and Sagan.