Metabolic Syndrome Re-defined!
In Pediatrics (March 2012), Dr Robert Lustig and Dr Andrew Bremer published a landmark paper, "Towards a Unifying Hypothesis for Metabolic Syndrome". This paper re-defines metabolic syndrome to include the other areas of pathology caused by metabolic dysfunction, namely cardiovascular disease and fatty liver. This allows us to see the full spectrum of damage that results from fructose being converted to triglyceride and LDL in the liver, the build-up of these damaging fats in the liver and arteries, the stiffening of the arteries leading to hypertension, occlusion of arteries leading to heart attacks and strokes, as well as the development of insulin resistance which leads to type 2 diabetes. Obesity is a common symptom of this cascade, but it's not the cause. Obesity is the "fever" (warning sign) of metabolic dysfunction.
NY Times: Sugar is Toxic
Gary Taubes (who wrote the book "Good Calories, Bad Calories") has written a very comprehensive article for the NY Times called "Is Sugar Toxic?". He concludes that it is, and supplies compelling arguments to prove it. [READ THE ARTICLE]
"Super Size Me" Revisited
Dr Voakes was all set to do the "Super Size Me" experiment (eat 3 meals a day at McDonalds) but not drink the huge sodas to show that it's the sugar drinks that made Morgan Spurlock fat. However, a much more entertaining version has been filmed by comedian Tom Naughton called "Fat Head". It's a 90-minute spoof documentary that pokes fun at Morgan Spurlock and all the proponents of the "Lipid Theory", while making some very important observations about how eating carbs, and especially sugar, is making Americans obese and sick. Naughton did not drink the sugar drinks, and actually lowered his BMI to normal after one month.
Caveman Diet for Kids
Humans evolved while eating a diet of meat, fruits and nuts. Our bodies could be expected to function best on these foods, while other types of foods may be potentially harmful. Dr Voakes has written an article exploring this concept, which was published in our local magazine, SOKY Happenings. [READ THE ARTICLE]
Healthy Weight Kids in Vermont
We are very happy to hear that Mrs Michaels' 4th grade class, at Green Mountain School, is using information they found on Healthyweightkids.org to learn about preparing healthy foods, and about the importance of good nutrition. Keep up the good work, guys! Try to stay "sugar-free"!!
Best-Practice Guidelines for Physical Activity in Day Care
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently formulated guidelines for daycare centers, recommending the best practices known for optimal fitness of children who attend, in light of the current obesity epidemic. [LEARN MORE...]