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Childhood Obesity + Food Addiction

Food Addiction

“For the past 10 years, I have noticed a connection between childhood obesity, eating disorders, and the increasing complications of both in my clinical work as well as in my research.  As part of my mission to shed light on these problems, particularly as they relate to US children, I find it important to provide both by readers and clients with relevant informative articles. You can view all of my Childhood Obesity Articles here. Also, be sure to read my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

As shown in my Childhood Obesity Infographic, the childhood obesity rate in the United States has increased by 500% since 1970 and it shows no sign of slowing. It is predicted that 43% of our nation’s population will be obese by 2018. Are our country’s children becoming addicted to food? Is it possible that food addiction is playing a role in the seemingly uncontrollable childhood obesity epidemic?

According to Mark Gold, chief of addiction medicine at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute, food addiction involves:

  • Eating too much despite the consequences, even dire consequences to health
  • Being preoccupied with food, food preparation and meals
  • Trying and failing to cut back on food intake
  • Feeling guilty about eating and overeating

Although there are many factors that contribute to children becoming addicted to food, one of the most common causes are diets that consist primarily of processed foods. It is estimated that 90-95% of processed foods today contain food additives. In the past 40 years, we have seen an increase in food additives that are known for their addictive properties. For example, since 1948 the amount of MSG that has been added to processed foods has doubled every decade. In a 60 Minutes interview Givaudan, one of the largest producers of food additives in the world, openly admitted that the main purpose of food additives is to cause consumers to develop a strong desire for the foods. The company executive even agreed with Morley Safer’s word “addiction” in describing the strength of this desire.

What amount of food additives are our children consuming? Consider this:

  • 180 days of every year 31 million children in our country eat a processed fast food breakfast and processed fast food lunch in the school cafeteria
  • 84% of parents take their kids out to eat fast food at least once every week
  • 30 years ago children ate one snack a day. Today’s children eat 3 snacks a day, with 1 in 5 children eating 6 snacks a day.  According to the most recent NHANES III analysis, the most popular snacks for children aged 6 -11 in order of preference are:

o   Soft drinks

o   Salty snacks such as potato chips, corn chips and popcorn

o   Cookies

o   Non-chocolate candy

o   Artificially flavored fruit beverages

o   Whole milk and chocolate milk

o   Two percent/reduced fat milk

o   White bread

o   Chocolate candy

o   Cake

o   Ice cream

o   Fruit

  • More processed food is consumed in the United States than any other country. In 2009, 787 pounds of rocessed food was consumed per capita. In comparison, the same year 602 pounds of fresh food was consumed per capita.

Food addiction can be prevented by becoming educated as parents about the role food additives play in food addictions and why children’s foods in particular are targeted.

Food addiction is a treatable disorder, with family-based behavioral therapy being the most successful treatment. Therapy often focuses on family lifestyle changes, weight-related behavior, parenting skills and setting achievable goals. Family-based therapy that incorporates Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is thought to have an even higher success rate. If you are unsure,or if you or your child is affected by food addiction, check out the Yale Food Addiction Scale and discuss the results with your doctor.

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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

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Sources:
http://projectjennifer.com/2011/08/most-popular-childrens-snacks/
http://my.counseling.org/2011/03/31/prevention-and-treatment-of-food-addiction/
http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7389748n

News You Can Use – January 15 – 22

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your news update for the week of January 12-22 2012”

Obama says NO to WhiteHouse.gov petition to legalize raw milk at federal level
Popular orange juices flavored with secret “flavor packs” not listed on the label
New scientific study links bee deaths to pesticides

Consumers’ thirst for organic milk exceeds supply
Effort gets underway to require GMO food labeling
The Truth About Natural Foods
3 Surprising Reasons to Give Up Soda
Watching ‘The Biggest Loser’ may increase anti-fat attitudes
A randomized controlled trial of adjunctive family therapy and treatment as usual following inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa adolescents
Children Diet To Keep Off Pounds And Ward Off Bullying, Survey Says
Good Intentions Ease Pain, Add to Pleasure
Mindful Eating Restaurant Study

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

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Take my new Eating Disorder survey!

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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

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News You Can Use – November 20-27 2011

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your news update for the week of November 20-27 2011”

Overweight people eat less often
Green Cleaning Recipes
Watch out for high fructose corn syrup in barbeque sauces
Mindfulness meditation quiets the mind and leads to inner peace
Scientists Uncover New Role for Gene in Maintaining Steady Weight
Behavioral therapy for obesity may help family too
What Drunkorexia is Doing to College Students

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

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The Norton Center Video – Eating Disorder Therapy in Cincinnati

Improve Your Health and Well-Being Through Feng Shui

Feng Shui Calculator

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Feng Shui is an ancient eastern philosophy that identifies and directs spiritual energy paths. Visit my About Me section for more background on this philosophy.

Creating Health and Well-being energy throughout your home will help you achieve more balance and harmony, in all aspects of your life.  It will even help you to make better choices in terms of what you eat and whether or not you resist illnesses! Really! In a nutshell it helps us to:

Become more physically healthy,

Recover quickly from an illness,

Learn to take time for ourselves,

And get Focused and centered in our lives.

Health and Well-Being No-No’s and Simple Changes – Clutter, Garbage, and Dirt

Kitchen

Clutter stresses us and grime invites disease.  The kitchen is particularly important.  If it is always full of dirty dishes, it will not invite you to prepare a “clean” and delicious meal.  It will make you want to grab something and run. Have a bowl of fresh fruit out in the kitchen and maintain an organized refrigerator.  Put old food in the compost immediately when it goes bad. It is critical to have a quiet, comfortable place to sit down and eat a meal in peace.  It is your reward for the hard work you put into the meal and it nourishes the body better if eaten in a restful setting.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms at the center of the bagua (home) and can create health as well as financial challenges. It is another room that must be clean and inviting for us to spend the time each day to attend to our hair, teeth and skin.  However it has drains that can drain away the wealth of the owner, so always keep the toilet seat down and the drains covered.  Also add a few plants to strengthen your health. Plants love steamy bathrooms. You can also place mirrors on the outside of the bathroom to keep the healthy energy from going down the drains. If you have a powder room close to a front door, keep the bathroom door closed and a light on.

Bedrooms

In the bedroom surround yourself with the things you love. I have pictures of my son, and my favorite picture of myself with my grandchildren. I even have a picture of my ex-husband and I on a ski trip. We are still best friends and it’s a very happy picture of our friends and us.

To Ensure Restfulness

Limit the number of books you keep by your bedside. No electronics! No bills, no paperwork at all. This is a place to rest.

Bedrooms should be soft, warm; inviting and they should smell good. Use soft pillows and handmade quilts, anything that enhances the sense of serenity and comfort.

Colors for the Bedroom

Soft and soothing colors belong in the bedroom. If you prefer warmer colors, stick to the creams, peaches, pinks, and earth tones. If you prefer cooler colors, go with light greens, blues and lavender. Blues calm; pinks and peaches invite love and romance; accents of red, pomegranate, and burgundy bring excitement and passion.

Health and Well-Being Enhancements

These should be positioned throughout the home to improve one’s health and well-being:

  • Healthy plants
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Symbols and items from the earth such as stones, shells, ceramics, and terra-cotta pottery
  • Items in yellow and green
  • Paintings, symbols, or photos of the earth, sun, stars, or a sunrise
  • Abundant artwork with fields of daisies, sunflowers, and yellow wild flowers
  • Real or Fake fruit and Vegetables in a colorful bowl
  • Symbols of peace and harmony

Let’s Connect!

Take my new Eating Disorder survey!

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Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

© 2011, Dr J Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr J Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible.

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Sources:

Barrett J, Steenburgen M. Feng Shui Your Life. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing, 2003.

 

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What Role Does the Family Play in An Eating Disorder?

The family is either going to be positive or negative, there is no such thing as neutral when it comes to the impact of a family member on the eating disorder.  Therapists err when they fail to recognize the powerful role that the family plays in the recovery process.  Because many traditional therapists believe that it is a “boundary violation” to involve family members in treatment, they effectively create a situation which makes it less likely that the patient will recover.  Excluding the family creates a sense of helplessness and futility for them and isolates the patient even further.

Parents must understand what to expect in terms of the recovery process or they may inadvertently derail it and therapists must facilitate that understanding by insisting on the family’s active involvement.

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

© 2010, Dr J Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr J Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible.

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HOW CHORES HELP CREATE HEALTHY HAPPY FAMILIES

benefits of household chores

3 Good Reasons to Assign Household Chores for Children:

1.  It can help create healthy habits. On average children age 8 – 18 spend 3 hours a day either watching t.v., playing video games or on the computer.  The responsibility of a household chore would get them away from the t.v. and up and moving.  Vacuuming, mopping, mowing the lawn and gardening are all good ways to increase your heart rate.  Children need at least 90 minutes of moderate to strenuous physical activity a day, chores are a great way to get your child moving.

2.  It can help reduce stress and family tension. A messy, cluttered house can cause a lot of tension and resentment within a family.  Often parents just complain or yell at their children for not helping.  This can create feelings of failure and anger for both the parent and the child.  A sedentary lifestyle combined with feelings of shame, failure and anger can lead into emotional eating habits.

3.  Allows parents more time to spend with their children. Why should parents spend their evenings and weekends doing all the housework?  When the kids pitch in the work could be done in half the time.  This time could be used to go for a family bike ride, walk or maybe even a game of chase or hide and seek.  Remember ” a family that plays together stays together”.

The prevelance of childhood obesity in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the percentage of overweight children 2-5 years of age has doubled, with one in four pre-schooler’s being overweight or at risk for obesity.  Fifty percent of these children will become obese adults.  For more information about this study you can visit the CDC’s website at HERE.

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

© 2009, Dr J Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr J Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible.

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