According to the CDC, American infants are consuming excessive amounts of added sugar in their diets. The American Heart Association says that children under 2 years should avoid added sugar consumption altogether.
Sadly, a new study shows that 85% of infants are consuming added sugar. Adult women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day and adult men no more than 9 teaspoons. And yet kids are consuming 7.1 teaspoons of added sugar every day!
The evidence is clear that sugar can affect your health at multiple stages in our development. Too much sugar during pregnancy adversely impacts child cognition, while excess sugar intake during adolescence has been associated with weight gain and cardiac risks, which include an increased risk of obesity and elevated blood pressure. Recent studies have also shown that excess sugar depresses the body’s immunity, making kids more vulnerable to diseases and infections.
Childhood obesity is avoidable and reversible. As a nation, we simply cannot afford the healthcare costs of this epidemic. Hypnosis can be a powerful tool to help families to make healthy lasting lifestyle changes.
Kids are naturals at hypnosis but it is up to Mom and Dad to purchase and prepare healthy food. Are you making your family sick and fat? If so, call or call or email me now. Together, no matter where you may live, we can develop a hypnosis program for you and your family.
“The pain and suffering inflicted on children by the American diet is so brutal that if it were administered with a stick, parents would be put in jail.” ~ John McDougall, MD
“The study found that toddlers 12 to 18 months consumed 5.5 teaspoons per day, and that toddlers 19 to 23 months consumed 7.1 teaspoons. This is close to, or more than, the amount of sugar recommended by AHA for adult women (six teaspoons) and men (nine teaspoons). Parents of more than 80% of kids aged six to 23 months reported their children consumed at least some added sugar on a given day.”
“On average, U.S. children consume 19 teaspoons of added sugar daily, largely from soda, fruit-flavored drinks, sports drinks, cakes and cookies, according to the report. The AHA made three recommendations:
- Children over age 2 years should consume no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar each day.
- Children should not drink more than one 8-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage per week.
- Children under 2 years should avoid consuming any added sugar since they need nutrient-rich diets and are developing taste preferences.
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