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Ditch The Fizz - Sugar-free Creates Obesity In Children

From Dr. Janet Starr Hull's website Splenda Exposed: http://www.splendaexposed.com/ The percentage of overweight children has tripled in the past two decades, and the percentage of obese adults has doubled. Even when we factor in bad health habits and poor lifestyle choices, we must acknowledge this weight gain coincides with the introduction of NutraSweet twenty years ago. Coincidence? I don't believe in coincidence, and I strongly believe aspartame and ALL diet sweetener use are directly related to weight gain.

Over twenty years ago, independent researchers warned us that aspartame would cause weight gain-and look at us now. Obesity is increasing worldwide and is set to become the world's biggest health problem. Recent reports suggest that it may soon overtake cigarette smoking as a serious health risk. Nearly two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight, and 30.5 percent are obese, according to data from the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

In the UK, nearly two-thirds of men and over half of all women are now overweight-and one in five are obese. At this rate, by 2010 at least one in four adults will be obese. According to data compiled by the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF), England and Scotland have some of the highest levels of obesity in Europe. The worldwide increase in weight gain is also spreading to the developing countries that have recent access to the Westernized over-processed diet and chemical food technology. Obesity in children poses serious health risks such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure, to name just a few. All of these chronic diseases can be positively altered through proper dietary changes of whole foods without fake sugars or fake fats, so take heart! A single twenty-ounce bottle of soda is actually 2 1/2 servings. In America, muffins are the size of small cakes. "Care for a large order of French fries? It's just a few cents more to super-size that order." That's a third of the total calories you should eat in one day! But do people resist the fries? Not usually. They order a large diet cola to justify the difference, nonetheless! According to a new study by the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women are eating 300 more calories a day and men 168 more calories than twenty years ago.

As any nutritionist will tell you, all it takes is one hundred extra calories a day to gain ten pounds a year. To work off those one hundred calories, you must walk twenty-five minutes every day. Many experts feel Americans overeat because much of the food that makes up their modern diet is inexpensive, dense with the taste of "fat" calories, and highly processed, so again, the food isn't satisfying, so we eat more to try to feel full. What Are We Teaching Our Younger Generation? Some of the most disturbing weight statistics concern children. Results from the 1999-2000 NHANES Survey, using measured heights and weights, indicate that an estimated fifteen percent of children and adolescents aged six to nineteen years are overweight. This represents a four percent increase from the overweight estimates of eleven percent obtained from NHANES III from 1988 to 1994. No one can say with certainty whether one cause of childhood obesity outweighs another, but considerable blame can be placed on the fact that kids don't get enough proper nutrition, they sit more, and consume more and more diet products daily.


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