Emily is 11 and looks much older. She was on the show Too Fat for Fifteen: Fighting Back on the Style Network this year. I blogged about it here. I loved the glimpse into American’s lives and I was saddened to see the parents were totally to blame for their children’s obesity. Not one of those children came from a family with parents who were of normal weight.
I am extremely concerned about this epidemic and one of the certifications I’ll be taking soon is on children. It’s a passion for me because I feel like they are helpless and it is up to us (as adults and parents) to teach them what they need to know. I’m not a parent yet, but I hope to be soon. And, whether I have a boy or a girl, it is important to give them the tools to succeed in life, including their weight and health.
It is sad to see the risks that these young kids have due to their childhood obesity. Even if they grow up and fight back and change their obesity, those early years of obesity will affect them for the rest of their lives…their emotional and physical health…forever.
One of the huge risks that is becoming noticeable is EARLY PUBERTY among young girls. Look at old photos of your mother when she was 7 or 8…she looked 7 or 8. Look at old pictures of yourself. How did you look? Look at our young girls today….young girls today are maturing at an astronomical rate!!! They are hitting puberty at seven years old! Seven! A lot of this is coming from the added hormones that exist due to the excess weight. Men and women who are obese produce more estrogen and less testosterone due to the excess weight!
What are 3 medical consequences of early puberty? It’s not just about girls looking older than they really are…there are serious medical consequences!
- Early and extra exposure to estrogen and other hormones leads to increased risk of breast and uterine cancer
- Type 2 diabetes risk increases
- Social and emotional consequences of looking older than a girls’ mental maturity.
What are the two main causes of early puberty in young girls? (1) Obesity and (2) hormones in our food!
What can you do? I will be doing these things for my kids and I’m sure sometimes it will be a struggle. We can’t do everything right as parents or as humans, for ourselves or our family. But we, the women of the family, have the power to control our family’s diets to some degree and need to use that power for good not evil! 🙂
- The problem is not as much the FAT as it is the SUGAR. (This is true with heart disease and diabetes!)
- Eat from the farm, not from the factory. Eat real whole foods versus creations to sell a new product.
- Eat fruits and veggies, not sweets.
- Eat hormone free/organic milk and meat.
- Limit animal fats.
- Eat fish, plants, veggies, fruits.
- No BPA bottles.
- Do not microwave plastic.
- Use clothing instead of sunscreen on kids.
What do you think? Are you scared? How can we get the word out?