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Obesity Topics

Offerings by George A. Sprecace M.D., J.D.:

OBESITY: THE LATEST AND MOST LETHAL “COMMUNICABLE DISEASE” 

Listen up. Folks: The life you save will be your own.

SO, THERE YOU HAVE IT, FOLKS.  IT’S DECISION TIME.  WHAT WILL IT BE: DIABETES MELLITIS, HYPERTENSION – HEART ATTACKS – STROKES, OTHER CHRONIC NEUROLOGIC DEFICITS, CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER, MULTIPLE JOINT REPLACEMENTS DURING MANY YEARS OF PAIN, CHRONIC SUFFOCATION, OR ALL OF THE ABOVE AS YOU PROCEED TOWARD ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE? 

IT’S ALL RELATED TO OBESITY, A VERY TREATABLE DISEASE.   YOUR CHOICE.

GS

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This major medical problem has been under study for decades.  But the resulting knowledge and insights continue to be limited, as witnessed by the many dietary and other approaches to it.  My extended family and I have decided to make our contribution, by simplifying and popularizing the only diet and life-style that has been successful since before Roman times: the Mediterranean Diet and Life-Style.  Please visit our new web-site devoted to this effort:

www.medidietresources.com

ABOUT FAT KIDS

Sorry, but there is no other way to express it.  It's even more appropriate in view of the fact that many parents of fat kids don't perceive them as such.  "Love is blind".

This is important.  The incidence of fat children, beginning at pre-school ages, and defined conservatively as being beyond the 95th percentile, has more than tripled in the last 25 years.  So has the occurrence of diabetes mellitis in children, sometimes causing serious illness and even death at the time of first diagnosis.

What is unfortunate is that more than 2/3 of kids who become fat in childhood will have that problem throughout their lives.  And all children who develop diabetes in childhood will have it throughout life, with the onset of serious complications (heart attacks, kidney disease and failure, vision loss) within twenty years.  See what I mean?

Why has this happened?  Heredity and expansion of the obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetic gene pool.  Junk foods.  Massive portions.  Drowning in soft drinks.  No exercise, not even in school.  Hours and hours in front of the TV and computer and game screens - all the while snacking on fatty and high-glycemic-index foods.  No parental guidance, or poor guidance.  Massive advertising targeted to all those harmful habits.  And even schools plastering the halls and cafeterias with dispensers for this junk...in return for pay-offs from the junk food and soft drink industries.  The demise of the home-cooked meal, replaced by fast foods and by unhealthy breakfasts and lunches offered...fast...for poor and at-risk children.  In addition, there may be a connection between the early use of oral contraceptives in young girls - during puberty - and marked obesity.

What to do?  1) Get all the junk food dispensers and McDonald-type outlets out of the schools.  2) No sodas for kids.  Drink water!  3) Fruit and vegetable snacks, or well-prepared left-overs from previous meals.  4) Restore at least one hour of gym three times per school week.  5) Maximum combined TV, computer and game-screen time to two hours per day on weekends, and less on school days.  6) The "Rule of Half" for all portions, whenever eating out...and possibly also at home.   7) Seriously consider the ramifications of early use of oral contraceptives and of early pregnancies.

Obesity in this country was declared an epidemic by Federal health agencies three years ago...and it is rampant, with very serious consequences for the fat kids and their parents...and for society, which will ultimately have to pick up the tab for their health care and life-long complications.  Not a pretty picture.  Nothing "pleasingly plump" about it.


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