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BY FLOYD SHEWMAKE, M.D.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that nearly one in five kids in the United States are overweight or obese. That’s three times the number of kids who suffered from childhood obesity 30 years ago! Being obese can be devastating for kids-along with the accompanying health issues, excess weight in childhood can mean social and psychological problems, as well.
The CDC also notes that obese children are more likely to become obese adults. Similar to other chronic health conditions that arise before adulthood, the long-term effects of childhood obesity are what make the epidemic particularly troubling.
Not only are overweight children putting themselves at risk for developing diabetes, but they are also opening themselves up to the possibilities of developing heart and blood pressure problems later on in life, among other things.
What Your Hamburger (and Cereal and Produce) Aren’t Telling You
BY JUDY ZIMOLA
About ten years ago, an enterprising beef company was looking for something to do with the fatty cow trimmings that were conscripted for pet food and cooking oil. Susceptible to bacteria, it was discovered that a spray of ammonia and a trip or two through the grinder and voilà, Fido’s dinner got made over into Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB). Shaped into milky pink chips or tubes, LFTB needed a new partner to go with its sexy new name. Enter the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), who was looking for a method to kill the E. coli bacteria in hamburger. Impressed by LFTB’s slippery pink physique and microbe-smiting abilities, the two entities merged.
As fast food restaurants continue to create “healthier” food choices on their menus, have you considered their definition of “healthy?” If they increased the amount of sodium, is it really healthier?
A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that reducing salt intake by about 3 grams a day would significantly improve our health, reducing cases of chronic heart disease, stroke, and heart attack by about one-third. It would also save up to $24 billion in annual healthcare costs.