Tips to prevent obesity

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A fascinating recent study on epidemiology looked at the trend of obesity in our culture, the United States. They found something incredibly alarming, by the year 2030, they predicted that 86 percent of all the adults in the United States would be overweight or obese. That's pretty much everybody. If your children are of normal weight, that's great, but they are heading into a place that isn't so great. Every parent cares about their children's health and well-being long term. Take some important steps. Number one, emphasize activity. Activities are really great to help prevent the development of obesity. Almost any kind of activity beats being sedentary. Number two is make some changes in the food environment at home, even if no one has a weight problem. The main change, the simplest change, the most elegant change that any parent can make is to aim for a very low-fat diet. That means you get rid of the high fat chips and replace them with low-fat pretzels. Get rid of the high fat popcorn and replace it with low-fat popcorn. Get rid of the high fat cheese and replace it with very low-fat cheese. Skim milk, instead of whole milk for children two years of age or older. These are the things that every parent can do. It's different from what everyone around you is doing. You're going to find yourself at parties and family gatherings, having a very different orientation to the food, but it's different, better.

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Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD

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Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD, ABPP, is the President of Wellspring. He was Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Northwestern University Medical School, where he is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Kirschenbaum is a Fellow and Diplomate in Clinical Health Psychology in the American Psychological Association and former president of its Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology. Dr. Kirschenbaum has provided invited addresses at many professional conferences world-wide, received numerous grants for research, and published 10 books and 150 journal articles on weight loss, sport psychology, and related topics. His books include: the first book published for professionals on the treatment of pediatric obesity - Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent ObesityWeight Loss Through PersistenceThe Sierras Weight Loss Solution for Teens and Kids (2007); and, The Wellspring Weight Loss Plan. Dr. Kirschenbaum’s research on sport psychology won the top prize for research on the mental game of golf from the World Scientific Congress on Golf (St. Andrews, Scotland) and Golf Magazine; in 2000, the American Council on Exercise and its Board of Directors unanimously endorsed his book, The 9 Truths About Weight Loss, as "the best book ever written for the public on how to lose weight and keep it off."

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