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Let’s Move! Creating Awareness Of Childhood Obesity

Dr. Sasson Moulavi, M.D. Commends the First Lady And Puts The Childhood Obesity Blame On The Parents.

Boca Raton, FL – February 16, 2010 – First Lady Michelle Obama has announced her new campaign against childhood obesity -Let’s Move!  And that’s just what she wants children to do.  And just because she knows the big man in the White House, do not expect the government to fund this initiative.

Boca Raton DoctorBariatric physician Dr. Sasson “Dr. Sass” Moulavi says, “I commend the First Lady for making people more aware of childhood obesity.  It’s an epidemic, an epidemic that was created by irresponsible food companies, parents and government.”

The first lady’s campaign has four parts: helping parents make better food choices, serving healthier food in school, making healthy food more available and affordable, and encouraging children to exercise more. Nowhere in her campaign does she mention that any government aide will be allocated for this initiative.

What parents need to realize is their child’s weight is their responsibility.  The first item on Mrs. Obama’s agenda is helping parents make better food choices.  This puts the problem right in the parents’ laps.  The government is not making these food choices for your child.  You are the parent.

Dr. Sass expresses his concern:  “My worry is some parents will sit back and wait for the government to come up with a magic plan.  It is not going to happen.  Although First Lady Michelle Obama may create awareness, parents need to realize they must take the initiative now.  They have to stop waiting for a solution to fall from the sky.  That’s just magical thinking.

“Unfortunately it comes down to money.  We all understand that your local municipal, state and federal governments are all underwater financially when it comes to school lunch programs.  It is cheaper to provide an eight cent doughnut than a healthy meal.  This is a budgetary choice without your children’s health and nutritional needs in mind.  As for the parents providing healthy nutrition in the house, the same food choices confront them in the supermarket and unfortunately the unhealthy, artificial foods are less expensive than the healthy foods”

As parents, you need to take the first step in helping your child have a strong and healthy future free of childhood obesity.  

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Parents Need A Backbone If They Want Healthy Kids

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January 21, 2010 – Boca Raton, FL –
 Many parents become passive when it comes to their children’s food choices and aren’t raising healthy kids.  The growing epidemic of obesity in America is a strong indicator of this lapse in parenting and the lack of healthy kids.  With the variety of resources available from the USDA My Pyramid program to local schools’ curriculum, Dr. Sasson (“Dr. Sass”) Moulavi, M.D., is surprised by parents’ neglect when it comes to allowing poor food choices for children.

“Recently in my office, concerned parents brought in their 12-year-old girl because she was 30 pounds overweight and complaining of fatigue. During the educational process, this child turned to her parents and told them that she will decide what to eat and what to buy, and they can’t do anything about it.  Then she left the center and her parents could not get her back in,” comments Dr. Sass who is Board Certified in Bariatric Medicine.

Dr. Sass has observed good intending parents hoping to improve kids’ weight issues with healthier foods become overpowered by kids’ aggressive, degrading speech.  Usually, the parents do not react with any significant or meaningful response. Instead, the child gets away with it.

Many parents find it difficult to refuse children’s poor choices when it comes to nutrition.  Frequently, shopping carts are filled with high fat, high sugar foods that are convenient and easy to give to children.

Further recommendations from Dr. Sass listed below can start the conversation and introduce new “rules”.  On-going parenting is necessary to teach kids about good nutrition and choices to be made.

  • Explain food groups and ask where their favorite foods fall.
  • Show kids nutrition panels of foods to compare calories, fat, sugars, sodium – that alone may prompt them to make healthier choices.  Arm them with information for them to be in control.  Rarely will a kid seriously choose something unhealthy when given facts.  If they do…put your foot down and tell them that you will not allow it.
  • Allow occasional splurges kids can earn them track per day.  Cutting back on 1-2/day will be a start.
  • For young children, be the family’s “Healthy Hero” and challenge them to pick nutritious choices in a fun, light manner.

In addition, Dr. Sass is working on a FREE educational weight loss video that will be available for parents on youtube.com and at SmartforLife.com.

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THIN ADVENTURE™ is a healthy lifestyle program for children developed by successful Smart for Life® Cookie Diet creator Sasson Moulavi, M.D.  Working to impact the nationwide obesity epidemic, the company followed the natural progression to fight childhood obesity with this new children’s program – the only one of its kind.  THIN ADVENTURE was created to provide a tasty, quick, safe way for children to lose weight and lead healthy lives.  The program follows the U.S.D.A. Pyramid Guidelines for children and incorporates THIN ADVENTURE foods with fresh fruit, vegetables, milk and protein.

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Limit Your Sugar

Sugar Recommendations 325WWe all know the disadvantages of sugar and how bad it is for you but now the American Heart Association is urging consumers to seriously cut back on the amount of sugar they get from foods such as soft drinks, cookies and ice cream.  You may not think you are consuming that much sugar but you know there have been times when you have had all three of these foods in one day.
Studies show that women should limit their sugar intake to 100 calories, or about six teaspoons, a day; for men, 150 calories, or nine teaspoons. Sound like a lot? Just one 12-ounce can of cola has about 130 calories, or eight teaspoons of sugar. One soda and you’ve reached or passed your daily sugar allowance.
A national survey has shown that Americans consume on average 355 calories, or more than 22 teaspoons, of sugar a day. That’s just crazy. Our bodies are not meant or designed to process so much sugar. That is why we have an obesity and diabetic epidemic. If you don’t want to be a part of it, it’s time to limit your sugar!
The American Heart Association has continually warned us to watch our sugar intake but now it is suggesting specific limits. These limits apply to what are known as added sugars – those that are added to foods during manufacturing, or by consumers. They do not include sugar that occurs naturally in fruits, vegetables, dairy products and other foods.
I urge you to keep track of your sugar intake. You may not realize all the sugar you are eating. It’s mostly found in soft drinks, candy, desserts such as cakes and cookies, fruit drinks and sweetened dairy products, including ice cream and yogurt. Don’t forget that sugar in alcoholic beverages also counts as added sugar. All these added sugars do not give you any health benefit whatsoever. All they do for you is add calories. You do not have to eliminate sugars altogether because the body needs these to survive, but you should limit your sugar intake in order to keep a healthy lifestyle.

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2010 Weight Loss Resolutions Can Be Kept

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Patients always ask me, “How can I make this year’s resolution stick?” Dr. Sass comments.  “I remind them that by eating our Smart for Life® delicious foods as small, multiple meals throughout the day, enjoying a healthy, low fat dinner in the evening, and common sense behavior modification, this goal is certainly achievable!”

Each year 40-45% of adults make a resolution. Research shows that 75% make it past the first week and 46% make it past 6 months. The Smart for Life® team of experts are gearing up for a boost to those willing to commit to achieving these goals.  The company offers support group calls twice weekly as well as one-on-one support in participating centers in the U.S. and Canada.

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“The Smart for Life® Cookie Diet program provides a convenient, easy-to-follow, healthy way to lose weight and gain your health and accomplish your weight loss resolutions,” says Dr. Sass.  “Our Smart Foods are made with all natural ingredients, without preservatives and provide appetite suppression without any toxins, caffeine or drugs.  This will enable anybody to attain his or her weight loss resolutions more often than not.”

Typically, those following the Smart for Life® Cookie Diet program will lose weight quickly, stay motivated and see the health benefits (e.g. lower cholesterol) in a matter of weeks.  The affordable program is available online at www.smartforlife.com. 

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Parents had better get a back bone if they want healthy kids!

Parents had better get a back bone if they want healthy kids!

Parents have become wimps ruled by their kids when it comes to food choices.  Recently in my office, I saw an overweight 12-year-old girl whose concerned parents brought her in because she was 30 pounds overweight and complaining of fatigue. What amazed me most was that during the consultation this child turned to her parents and basically told them that she will decide what to eat and what to buy, and they can’t do anything about it.  Then she left the center and her parents could not get her back in.

Of course, this is an extreme example, but I have seen it too many times.  Parents come in with good intentions and their kids overpower them with aggressive, degrading speech.  More often than not, the parents just sit there without any significant or meaningful response. I also see it in the shopping carts of parents when buying high fat, high sugar foods to please their kids.  They are simply unable to say ‘No’ to their kids when it comes to these poor food choices.

It seems as if everyone is working against the parents: the big food companies are brainwashing them and their children.  Parents are afraid of controlling their children because they do not want to be called an ‘abuser’.  This fear has been perpetuated by the media who focus on those rare cases where good parents are accused by a state agency.

Parents must get over this and learn to say ‘No’ to poor quality food.  If you have to put it back on the shelf or leave it at the checkout counter, be strong, don’t bring it home.  Remember, if it gets into your home, it will get into your children.

Another observation, I have watched parents at popular coffee shops be manipulated by 9-year-old children who insist on having a 1000 calorie drink, full of fat and empty calories, and double the price of healthy alternatives.

Enough already!  Just say ‘No’ – the sooner you start the better.  Yes, there will be a tough week or two but stick to your guns and remain firm.  Your healthy kids will thank you when they are older.  I have seen too many overweight, depressed teenagers.  Trust me, the pain from being overweight and depressed at 17 is much greater than not having a sugary drink for a week at the age of 9.

Here are some games/quizzes to share with your kids to start the conversation and introduce new “rules” to the family.   Of course, on-going parenting will continually be necessary from teaching kids about good nutrition and choices to be made.

  • Explain the food groups for adequate growth and ask where their favorite foods fall.
  • Show the kids the nutrition panels of foods to compare calories, fat, sugars, sodium – that alone may prompt them to make a healthier choice.  Arm them with the information and then they will be able to be in control.  Rarely will a kid seriously choose something unhealthy when given the information.  If they do…put your foot down and tell them that you will not allow it.
  • Allow occasional splurges but let the kids earn them and have them keep track of how many per day.  Just cutting back on 1-2 per day will be a start in the right direction.
  • For smaller children, be the family’s “Healthy Hero” and challenge them to pick nutritious choices in a fun, light manner.

Keep an eye out for a FREE educational video I am creating especially for parents that will be on youtube.com.  I think it will help some parents improve their parenting skills and stand up to their kids.

Be strong, it’s good to say ‘No’ to your kids when they make poor choices. Healthy kids means healthy adults; what better life lesson than creating healthy eating habits?

Happy New Year!

 

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