Childhood obesity has has more than tripled over the last 30 years in the US alone. Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. Obese kids are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.The modern diet of a child in the United States is full of high sugar foods and beverages. Children that consume too much sugar are at a higher risk of becoming obese, and developing cardiovascular disease or diabetes at a young age.
American families are so busy that sometimes we fail to pay attention to what our children are eating and turn to convenience foods instead of preparing healthier options for our family. These unhealthy sugary foods include, juice, chocolate milk, sugary cereals, soda, energy drinks and fast food. If your child consumes too much of these foods he can develop an addiction to sugar. How do you know if your child is addicted to sugar?
In the new book, Beat Sugar Addiction Now by best selling author and noted physician Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum and pediatric nutrition specialist Deborah Kennedy, explain how to find out how much sugar your child is consuming each day, how much sugar is enough for children and simple steps you can take with your child to ween him from his sugar addiction.
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises limiting the amount of added sugar to no more than 8 teaspoons (32 g) a day in a 2,000-calorie diet. Our kids are getting double to almost triple that amount," writes Teitelbaum and Kennedy. "To determine your child's average daily consumption of added sugar, go to the 'sugar calculator' on www.BuildHealthyKids.com. Here you can input the amount of food and beverages your child commonly consumes and get a readout of how much that equals over a year's time."
When I did the sugar addiction calculator for my 6-year-old daughter I was surprised to find out that she is not addicted to sugar. Nearly every food and beverage in the modern American diet is full of sugar. Beat Sugar Addiction Now! For Kids gives parents a proven 5-step plan for getting and keeping their child off sugar. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum and Deborah Kennedy give parents a toolkit for avoiding the common pitfalls such as guilt and tmper tantrums, manageing the 5-step process successfully on a day-to-day basis, and getting their child emotionally, as well as physically, unhooked from sugary drinks, breakfast foods, snacks, and desserts, as well as "hidden" sugars in foods.
You can purchase Beat Sugar Addiction Now! for Kids on Amazon.com or at your local book store.
*Disclosure: I received a copy of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! for Kids in exchange for this review. All opinions are accurate and 100% mine.
Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.
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