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Are You Overdosing Your Kids on Sugar?

Here’s a visual reminder of the enormous amounts of added sugar contained in everyday foods. Well worth watching.

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NZ School Goes LCHF

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How should we help school children avoid the obesity epidemic? Avoiding too much added sugar is a good first step, but is it enough?

A large school in New Zealand is now serving LCHF foods to their students, inspired by among others Professor Grant Schofield.

Worth reading:

Stuff Well & Good: Dilworth’s New Diet a Recipe for Success

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Healthy Food for Your Family


4.7 out of 5 stars5 star86%4 star0%3 star8%2 star4%1 star0%23 ratings1,295 viewsIf you’re a parent and you want to help your family to eat more healthy foods… what should you do? It’s not always easy. Jenni Calihan has plenty of experience trying, and she blogs about it at EatTheButter.org.

You can watch a few minutes of our recent interview above.

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Konvincing Kids that Kounting Kalories is Kooky


4.8 out of 5 stars5 star83%4 star9%3 star6%2 star0%1 star0%31 ratings3,160 viewsIs weight loss all about counting calories? No, of course not.

Here’s a short video on why it’s not about calories. It’s three minutes from standup comedian Tom Naughton’s presentation on the 2015 Low-Carb Cruise.

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Healthy Low-Carb Foods for Your Family

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If you’re a mom, or a dad, and you want to help your family to eat more healthy foods… what should you do? It’s not always easy. Jenni Calihan has plenty of experience trying, and she blogs about it at eatthebutter.org.

We’ve now posted our recent video interview on our member site:

Healthy Food for Your Family

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It’s Not About Calories – Asian Children Face “Skyrocketing” Obesity AND Lack of Nutrients!

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Here’s another sad example of why obesity is NOT about calories. Asian countries face skyrocketing obesity in kids – at the same time that kids in the same countries suffer an epidemic of malnutrition leading to stunted growth.

VOA News: Asian Children Face Hunger and Obesity

So how can there be problems of too many calories at the same time as there are too few calories? In the same countries? While not technically impossible it’s hard to believe.

The solution is that it’s not really about calories, primarily. It’s about food quality. The report has it right:

The main reason for the food problems, the report says, is there is more “junk” food available, food that does not provide nutrition. Another problem is drinks with high sugar or high trans-fat, but low nutritional value.

We don’t need less food for our kids, we need better food.

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“Babies Addicted to Junk Food at Just 5 Months”

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Does the new generation of kids risk becoming addicted to junk food already as babies? Yes, according to a new study:

Mirror: Babies addicted to junk food at just 5-months-old as young mums feed them crisps and chocolate

Simply frightening.

If you want to make a difference in your children’s lives, without addictive sugary foods, here’s our helpful guide: Low Carb Kids – How to Raise Children on Real Low-Carb Food

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The Failure of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign

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It seems like Michelle Obama’s ambitious “Let’s move” campaign is a failure. Childhood obesity is not being solved, and it’s clear why.

A focus on exercise before getting rid of added sugars is pretty much doomed to fail. Not even kids can outrun a bad diet.

Here’s a short summary of the problem followed by a very ambitious feature:

Dunk the Junk: The Failure of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign

Politico: The Great FLOTUS Food Fight

Eventually we’re simply going to have to accept that a focus on calories and exercise is not going to solve this problem, because it’s not caused by calories or a lack of exercise.

The obesity epidemic is caused by poor food quality (primarily too much sugar and refined carbs) and likely the only way to solve it is to improve food quality.

Update: For example, banning real whole milk and instead serving massively sugar-sweetened low-fat chocolate milk is not an improvement. It’s a crime against our children.

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“10-Year-Old Gives Mindblowing Reply To Talk Show Host”

Will the new UK sugar tax targeting childhood obesity backfire? Will kids drink even more soda, just because? That’s what a BBC broadcaster asks this 10-year-old girl – but she’s got quite a reply for him.

Munchies: A 10-Year-Old Girl Just Destroyed a BBC Presenter Over the UK Sugar Tax

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UK Soda Tax Introduced in Bold Move Against Childhood Obesity

Not many people saw it coming. But the UK just announced a big bold tax on soda, as a major part of their childhood obesity strategy. Britain joins a growing number of other countries, like Mexico, with similar taxes on sugar and soda.

BBC News: Sugar tax: How bold is it?

BBC News: Sugar tax: How it will work?

Telegraph: Sugar tax: what does it mean and who will be affected

The role of government

Many people are skeptical that a tax is the right way to solve problems. To me that is a political question and this is not a political blog. Fact is, governments are already taxing and regulating other addictive and potentially harmful substances, like tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

It is clear that sugar has addictive qualities and excessive sugar intake, particularly from soda, drives our current epidemics of obesity, diabetes and other diseases. Maybe it is a bigger threat to public health than tobacco. Certainly for kids it is.

And so, people who feel that taxation and regulation is wrong for any drug – that’s a perfectly reasonable view. But if governments are supposed to tax and regulate things like tobacco, it should also use the same tools to protect our children from harm from sugar.

The fight is on

There are other tools – education, perhaps most importantly, and also regulation. But this is an important step.

I think this soda tax in the UK is a big bold move that has massive symbolic value. The fight is on and sugar is the new tobacco.

We’ve seen massive health gains in the last 50 years from people to a large degree giving up smoking in the developed world. The future health gains from reducing sugar consumption may be even more impressive.

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