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Here’s yet another birthday cake without added sugar or wheat flour, from Johanna B:
Here’s another picture of a melon cake from when my daughter turned 1. Melon with whipped cream surrounding a fruit salad in the middle.
All kids liked it, although some wondered where the cake was, so perhaps I’ll call it a fruit bomb next time. Got inspired by your blog post about the health cake!
All the best!
Could unruly kids with ADHD-like problems be hypersensitive to sugar and wheat? Here’s yet another story about what can happen when parents try to exclude such foods:
OK, let’s try this. We’ll skip wheat and sugar. We started at the beginning of the school year. No wheat flour and no sugar (either at school or at home). Three days later we already noticed a significant difference and now, 4 weeks later, we’re not the only ones cheering…
The original story here: ADHD or Too Much Sugar? (Google translated from Swedish)
Many experts have previously dismissed the association between sugar and ADHD. Studies designed to give children small amounts of sugar (up to a pint – half a liter – of soda) have not shown any significant short-term effect. But the effect of long-term use of large amounts of bad carbohydrates is unknown. And there’s a high-quality study that demonstrated a significant improvement from avoiding, among other things, sugar and wheat flour.
There are scientists who believe that ADHD symptoms are similar to withdrawal symptoms from drugs and thus may present because the child is addicted to junk food/sugar. If you remove this food, the problem would soon diminish, which seems to be a common experience among parents and teachers.
Do you have any experience with ADHD and a diet change? Continue Reading →
This is the entry to my grocery store. It’s time for one of many Song Festival Competition nights, selecting Sweden’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, and this means going face down in sugar. It’s only once a year!
Or wait, it’s not just once a year we’re binging on bad carbs. It’s every day we can find an excuse, that is, most days.
This is the real cause of children’s obesity. It’s not that they were born with stomachs that needed to be surgically removed, no matter what some think.
And no, children with a weight problem don’t need to eat candy and drink soda. Not even a little. Not at all. No more than a person with pulmonary disease needs to smoke a cigarette. No more than an alcoholic needs a drink.
What children with weight problems need is a home free of temptations, and to eat themselves satisfied on real food. Weight loss without hunger. Parents can provide the children that opportunity. Continue Reading →
Children under the age of 18 may now undergo weight-loss surgery in Sweden. In certain cases children as young as 13 will go under the knife!
There is no disease in the stomachs or intestines, which surgeons cut away from the children. They are healthy organs, that are being surgically removed. There’s something extremely sick in our society when methods this radical and extreme are required for children to maintain their weight.
The risks of long-term side effects are great. In adults who undergo weight-loss surgery the need for medical treatment increases long term. We know very little about the long-term consequences for children.
- MailOnline: As more teenagers have weight-loss surgery, a horrifying insight into the terrible price they pay as they grow up
- ABCNews: Obese Kids Going Under the Knife
The ethically bizarre in this is that the healthcare system rarely provides the best lifestyle treatment before resorting to major surgery.
A Swedish government expert committee recently concluded that advice on a low-carb diet provides more weight loss and better health markers than current calorie-obsessed advice does. At least as long as the advice is followed. Several new studies show that a low-carb diet also works better for children and adolescents.
Failing to provide support and advice on the most effective lifestyle therapy, before resorting to irreversible major surgery for children? That should be considered malpractice.
The health cake is catching on. A reader was inspired and made one for her daughter.
Here are the ingredients: Kid’s Birthday Party With No Added Sugar
Do you have pictures of great party foods to share? You’re welcome to post them on the Diet Doctor’s Facebook page.
A reader sent me the above picture, from a vacation trip to Tenerife. Milk was ordered for the kids and it came with two packages of sugar.
Do you think this was a mistake? Or do we assume that all kids are already little sugar addicts? Continue Reading →
Here’s an opinion piece in a Swedish morning paper, highlighting the fact that many hospitals have chosen not to offer any help to obese children:
DN Opinion: “Hospital Closes the Door on Obese Children” (Google translated from Swedish).
Prof. Claude Marcus and others are right that it’s terrible that hospitals fail children with serious medical problems. This is not acceptable. But the problem is even greater: The outcome in hospitals treating childhood obesity is woefully bad. Very few children are treated successfully.
In hospitals that do treat obese children, the treatment is usually based on the outdated idea “eat less, run more”. They seriously advise parents to limit their child’s food intake, dismissing the kids from the table still hungry. They’re then advised to try to make the kids run outside, despite not having had enough to eat.
At the same time they ignore study after study showing that children who eat their fill on a low-carb diet will lose more weight.
Because health care workers ignore inconvenient new knowledge, obese children and their parents are given advice that lead to worse outcomes and unnecessary suffering.
Today’s treatment for childhood obesity isn’t just child abuse. It’s family abuse.
Here’s a suggestion that may improve the situation within the health care system: Let go of the old dogmas about low-fat products and the oversimplified advice on energy balance. When childhood obesity treatment works this poorly, it’s time to wake up.
Here’s what might work better: Give the dietary advice that’s been proven best in scientific studies. Shouldn’t this be obvious? Continue Reading →
A woman in the U.S. has decided not to hand out Halloween candy to obese kids. Instead she’ll hand them a note to give to their parents:
Of course she means well, but this may end up doing more harm than good. Should you give candy to lean kids and a note to obese kids in the same group? And should parents of obese kids really prevent them from trick-or-treating with their friends? Obese kids have enough to feel bad about already, as have their parents.
Here’s my suggestion. Give all kids something better than unhealthful sugary candy for Halloween (small toys, for example).
Parents of obese kids may help them by cleaning out the pantry, removing unnecessary sugar and rapidly-digested starchy foods. Present this as a good thing for the whole family, and the child doesn’t have to feel singled out. As a bonus the whole family will get healthier and leaner.
What do you think?
Can you have a birthday party with no added sugar for kids? Without the soda and candy?
My daughter turned two recently, and we threw a birthday party. You can see the cake above, but what’s inside it? Continue Reading →
Childhood obesity should be prevented as early as infancy, according to a health initiative in Jönköping, Sweden. Unfortunately, the advice seems old-fashioned.
A reader examined this, and told me that in Jönköping they use Stockholm County Council’s Action plan for overweight and obesity. This was hailed as being extremely ambitious when it came out in 2003, and the objective was to halve the proportion of obese citizens within a decade.
Unfortunately, reality came in the way and the plan didn’t exactly succeed – instead of being cut in half, the obesity rate increased greatly!
When you take a look at the latest version of the document it’s not hard to guess why. The dietary advice given is the same old advice that has been shown to be the worst in tests in scientific studies (for children too) and the worst in tests in the recent SBU (Swedish Council for Health Technology Assessment) report: Less fat, more carbohydrates.
For example, they suggest that childhood obesity should be prevented by serving “a large proportion of bread, potatoes, pasta and rice”. This sounds like a recipe for a grand failure. Which is exactly what happened.
Now it’s time to swallow pride, learn something from all the failures, and start following accepted science and proven experience. Adults seeking help deserve this, and our children deserve this. Moreover, licensed health care professionals are required to do so.
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