This just in...working with the parents of obese children (and not the children directly) had similar results compared with efforts that included targeting the children along with the parents.
The researchers admit that further research is needed, but this study actually suggests that parent only treatment programs are a viable method for providing obesity treatment to children.
I like this idea on a couple of different levels...I like that the child isn't targeted or singled out, per se, and that the intervention isn't focused on the obese child but rather changing the family environment. My experience shows me that it's the family environment and the societal food culture that tends to feed the child obesity problem in America.
My guess is that this type of intervention (family style by targeting parents) would be less likely to damage the child's self confidence and body image and less likely to encourage eating disorders.
When meals and snacks are prepared at home, parents can provide nutrient-rich, whole foods and de-emphasize packaged and processed foods high in saturated fat and sodium and low in fiber. But most families today have super-busy schedules. So how can you have the best of both worlds? With a smartly stocked kitchen and some new tips and ideas to try, your family can have healthy and homemade meals and snacks AND eat on the run, too!
2010 is the year the Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee released it's report on suggested revisions/updates on the Guidelines (the last version of the dietary guidelines was released in 2005). Their mission, and they chose to accept it, was to look at published research and emerging science and consider whether revisions to the guidelines are warranted.
Here are a few of the nuggets I found in the Executive Summary of their report:
* Added sugars and solid fats contribute approximately 35% of calories to the American diet.
* Change is needed in the overall food environment to support the dietary recommendations such as: --improving the availability of affordable fresh produce --increasing the environmentally sustainable production of vegetables, fruits and fiber-rich whole grains. --Develop safe and sustainable practices to increase the availability of seafood to all segments of the population...and enhance access to publicly available, user-friendly benefit/risk information that helps consumers make informed seafood choices.
* Encourage restaurants and the food industry to offer food low in sodium, limited in added sugars, refined grains and solid fats and served in smaller portions.
* Energy Density of food eaten is an important factor in overeating. Americans eat too many foods with few or no other nutrients besides calories (high energy density).View Thread
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I just posted some tips on light frying in your oven or nonstick frying pan instead of deep frying and I wanted to give you a sample recipe that uses several of these tips. These Light Apple Fritters are so good...I'm going to make a batch right now!View Thread
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