Study: Cutting Salty Snacks Key to Childhood Weight Loss
FOX; Thursday, February 21, 2008, Associated Press

Kids who load up on salty meals and snacks get thirsty, and too often they turn to calorie-filled sodas. So maybe cutting back on the salt is a good way to cut the calories. That’s the idea coming from a British study published Wednesday in an American Heart Association journal.

Salt is “a hidden factor in the obesity epidemic,” said Graham MacGregor, a co-author of the study by researchers at St. George’s University of London.

And researchers say all that salt isn’t coming from the salt shaker: About 80% comes from manufactured food.

“Most people think that sodium comes from the salt shaker. The salt shaker contributes less than 10% to 15%,” said Dr. Myron Weinberger, a professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

In addition to cutting salt, children need to eat healthy and exercise. Dr. Pamela Sayger Cava, a pediatric cardiologist at the Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said that “Kids have to be active. They have to have more water, less soda. They have to eat less food.”

When I see children for weight loss they usually do very well. They are usually motivated and they naturally respond very well to hypnotherapy. Children are naturals with hypnosis. They are very imaginative and they love self-hypnosis and learn to use self-hypnosis not only for eating and exercise but also for school, sports, practicing the piano and getting along with their brothers and sisters.

I will only work with children for weight loss if it is a family affair. All the hypnosis in the world will do no good if the child is driven from my office home to a fatty meal of KFC. By getting the family involved, then healthy meals and snacks are more likely to be available and the youngster will be supported in going out side to play rather than sitting in front of the tube or playing video games.