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Childhood Obesity Linked to Irregular Sleep and Skipping Breakfast

A new study reported by The Guardian asserts that two key causes of the growing epidemic of childhood obesity are more than just overeating: Skipping breakfast and irregular sleep patterns are highly influential, the news agency says.

In a not-so-surprising conclusion, study researchers said these two factors alone could trigger increased appetite and consumption of energy-dense foods (think processed foods). Sadly, obesity is an inevitable outcome of a processed food diet. Refined fructose is found in virtually every processed food and fast food meal. Some baby foods even contain as much sugar and saturated fats as chocolate cookies or cheeseburgers!

And fructose actually “programs” your body to consume more calories and store fat. Grains are another culprit, as they quickly turn into sugar in your child’s body. These types of carbs (fructose and grains) affect the hormones insulin and leptin, both of which are very potent fat regulators. Add lack of sleep to the mix, and your child (and you) are on the way to packing on the pounds.

The simplest way back toward health, for children and adults alike, is to focus on WHOLE, ideally organic, foods — foods that have not been processed or altered from their original state. Children will simply not know which foods are healthy unless you, as a parent, teach it to them.

If you're not sure where to start, I recommend reading my nutrition plan first. This will provide you with the foundation you need to start making healthy food choices for your family.
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