Judgment of the Jamboree

This year, for the very first time, The Boy Scouts of the America has decided to bar obese scouts from their annual Jamboree. It’s the organization’s biggest even of the year, so the announcement prompted a lot of discussion in the media. Agree or disagree, the decision wasn’t made in a vacuum. Obesity rates in the United States have doubled among children and tripled among adolescents in the past 30 years. In 2010, 18% of children were considered to be obese. Adolescents also hit the 18% obesity mark. In this same year, it was found that one-third of children and adolescents in the U.S. were overweight or obese. What does this mean? What are the consequences? Obesity among young people carries with it potential health issues. They are more apt to have risk factors for heart disease like high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure. They can become prediabetic or diabetic. They can also develop bone and joint problems, sleep apnea and other physical disease states and conditions. These used to be adult problems. Not anymore. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults. The risks of disease states and conditions will continue into adulthood. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis, certain cancers, sleep apnea, and more, could be in their futures, some sooner than later. It’s a very real problem. Also at issue is the emotional toll felt by many children and adolescents who carry too much weight on their frames. Impaired social relationships, distressed psychological states and poor self esteem can result. Negative outcomes can run the gamut and can be severe. Like the physical issues, this too...

The paleo diet?

What’s the Paleo Diet all about? The Paleo diet is a fad diet and is about excluding food groups. It’s basically a high protein/low carbohydrate diet. It doesn’t include any grains or dairy among other things. I recommend a more balanced approach and not eliminating food groups. I suggest the healthy plate in which one-half of the plate is non-starchy veggies, one-quarter of the plate is starch and the other quarter of the plate is lean protein. Fruit and low fat/nonfat dairy are outside of the plate. Monitor portion sizes and prepare food in a healthy...

Healthy part of an egg?

What part of the egg is healthy? Both the white of the egg and the yolk have healthy properties. Unfortunately, the egg yolk has close to a whole day’s worth of cholesterol in it. That doesn’t make it the best choice. I recommend having egg whites most of the times and limiting egg yolk...

Good dieting foods?

What are some good dieting foods? Whole grains, lean proteins, non-fat/low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables, water and other low calorie beverages are all good choices. Look for balance and monitor portion sizes. Limit concentrated sweets and high fat foods. Prepare food in a healthy...

What about the food pyramid?

Is the food pyramid a good nutritional guideline? The food pyramid has been replaced by Choose My Plate. You can find it on www.choosemyplate.gov I recommend a version of this, the healthy plate. One-half of the plate is non-starchy veggies, one-quarter of the plate is starch (whole grains the best choice) and the other quarter is lean protein. Fruit and nonfat/low fat dairy are outside of the plate. All food should be prepared in a healthy manner such as baking, broiling, grilling and steaming. Limit/avoid concentrated sweets and high fat foods. Also, don’t drink your calories. In addition, I recommend a minimum of 30 minutes most days of the week (60 minutes for weight loss). This is the recipe for long lasting...