HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Childhood obesity caused by 'toxic environment' of Western diets, study says

A UCSF researcher has determined that a key reason for the epidemic of pediatric obesity, now the most commonly diagnosed childhood ailment, is that high-calorie, low-fiber Western diets promote hormonal imbalances that encourage children to overeat.

In a comprehensive review of obesity research published in the August edition of the journal Nature Clinical Practice Endocrinology & Metabolism, Robert Lustig, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics at UCSF Children's Hospital, says that food manufacturing practices have created a "toxic environment" that dooms children to being overweight.

"It will take acknowledgement of the concepts of biological susceptibility and societal accountability and de-emphasis of the concept of personal responsibility to make a difference in the lives of children," Lustig says.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the number of children who are overweight in the United States has doubled during the past three decades. Currently one child in five is overweight. The increase is true for children and adolescents of all age groups and races and for boys and girls.

Diseases that once were only seen in adults, like type 2 diabetes, now are occurring in increasing numbers in children, according to Lustig. Overweight children tend to become overweight adults, which also puts them at greater risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Children who are obese also are socially ostracized and teased, putting them at risk for depression and other psychiatric conditions, he adds.

"Our current Western food environment has become highly 'insulinogenic,'" Lustig says, "as demonstrated by its increased energy density, high-fat content, high glycemic index, increased fructose composition, decreased fiber, and decreased dairy content."

"In particular, fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on ins
'"/>

Contact: Phyllis Brown
pbrown@pubaff.ucsf.edu
415-476-2557
University of California - San Francisco
11-Aug-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Childhood obesity indicates greater risk of school absenteeism, Penn study reveals
2. Childhood sun exposure may lower risk of MS
3. Childhood obesity intervention shows promising results
4. Childhood immunization against pneumonia cuts hospital admissions by almost 40 percent
5. Childhood abuse can impact victims adult relationships
6. Childhood lead exposure linked to increased injuries as teens
7. Childhood obesity briefing on Sept. 13
8. Childhood sleep apnea linked to brain damage, lower IQ
9. Childhood arthritis raises risk of broken bones
10. Childhood depression may encourage ecstasy use
11. Childhood asthma affecting more than just breathing

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/3/2020)... , ... June 03, 2020 , ... Principals of Dr. ... February to March (39%) and from March to April (44%). To back this data, ... from February to April. Revenue for the company has followed a similar trajectory, experiencing ...
(Date:5/30/2020)... LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) , ... May 29, 2020 , ... Worldwide Business with kathy ... program on Sunday, May 31, 2020 and Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 8:00pm ET / ... executives from AODocs , IQ Med , and Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory . ...
(Date:5/28/2020)... PITTSBURGH (PRWEB) , ... May 28, 2020 , ... ... Morgantown-based healthcare organization is joining the clinically integrated network (CIN) and the group ... collaborate with AHN’s Cardiovascular Institute to establish a heart failure program at Mon ...
(Date:5/27/2020)... ... ... The podiatrists and foot doctors of Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists are ... Arbor Michigan. Dr. Tomasz Biernacki states that “Podiatrists can help support the ... We have been seeing patients in the hospital for the past 3 months, but ...
(Date:5/26/2020)... Mich. (PRWEB) , ... May ... ... RevSpring today announced the availability of two leading RevSpring solutions—Talksoft® patient messaging ... Patient Payment platform by engaging patients through automated and precise texts, IVR ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/5/2020)... , ... June 05, 2020 , ... In honor of ... (SGF) is hosting two events to spread awareness about the multiple family ... who sees patients in SGF’s Manhattan office , will host an LGBTQ Family ...
(Date:6/3/2020)... , ... June 03, 2020 , ... ... the ADA Generation, comparing the workplace experiences of recent graduates with and without ... survey of college graduates with disabilities coming of age under the Americans with ...
(Date:6/3/2020)... ... June 03, 2020 , ... GrandPad , creator ... of connected device capabilities to its mobile device and telehealth platform to support ... a time when an increasing number of home health agencies and other healthcare ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: