Category: Nutrition

Nutrition for Kids

Childhood Obesity – Not Just the Carbs

Doubling in incidence over the past 30 years, and increasing an astonishing four-fold amongst adolescents, childhood obesity is now an epidemic in America. Make no mistake about it, this isn’t just a cosmetic issue. These children have a profoundly increased risk for a variety of associated medical problems including asthma, diabetes, and even high blood pressure, not to mention the fact that they will likely end up as obese adults with a higher risk for dieases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, cancer, osteoarthritis and heart disease.

Clearly, the diets of our children have changed – radically. It makes perfect sense, from a biological perspective, to blame the dramatic rise in carbohydrate and sugar consumption for these issues. That’s why we’re all over the idea of promoting a higher “good” fat and low-carb diet for adults and children alike, but there’s another factor to consider.

Research now shows that changes in the gut bacteria, the microbiome, play an important role in increasing risk for becoming overweight or even obese.

What a concept! The bacteria living inside a child’s intestines help govern metabolism and determine, to some degree, whether a child will become overweight or not.

So it means we should consider doing all we can to nurture and protect the balance of bacteria living within ourselves and within our kids. That means not choosing to give children antibiotics with every sore ear or sore throat, not treating acne with oral antibiotics for months or even years at a time, avoiding chlorinated water, and even adding in a good probiotic to their nutritional supplements.

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  • Lynn Dell

    Ouch! Hadn’t even thought about chlorinated water. Will regular filters work, or only reverse osmosis?

    • David Perlmutter

      Some filters do remove chlorine – have to check each one. Reverse osmosis is what we use.

    • BetterCakesByDesign

      God bless and prosper Dr. Perlmutter and may he continue to enrich us all!

      When it comes to chemical additives in water one of the biggest things that keeps me skeptical of the way it is done is the fact that it is done without our consent. We have no choice. I believe that if it was in our best interest then we would at least have a choice in the matter. Yes, Chlorine does kill potentially harmful microorganisms, and water-borne diseases, but doesn’t that make it a pesticide? Is it safe to be drinking and absorbing a pesticide?

      Our water supply is infected with junk we do not need as “suggested” (or more like mandated) by our government. Did you know? Both green and black tea have enough fluoride to help tooth decay? Green with twice as much? Not to mention toothpaste and a visit the dentist … And, about 50 percent of fluoride (from any source) is deposited in the bone and teeth; the other half is excreted.

      Our food intake should be without toxins and poisons, which our FDA / USDA finds acceptable and even recommends (mandates). Therefore, IF we are smart, consume 100% Organic, non-GMO and non-glutinous and ridiculous carbohydrate diets, we do not need to have supplimented water of any kind.

      Americans really need to wake up and realize we have been lied to for years. Just look at all the sugar in most every product on the grocery shelves. It’s killing us, and we feed this junk to our families, because the FDA / USDA says it’s OK. Stop believing the lies and read (and follow the direction) intelligent men like Dr. Perlmutter and similar professionals who KNOW what they are talking about and are bold enough to take a stand against these lies, helping mankind regain our strength and vitality we were meant to have all along.

  • TechnoTritcale

    To what extent is it supposed that things in the typical diet are antagonistic to gut biome? I’m thinking of things like:
    – antibiotics in CAFO meats
    – pesticide residue/uptake in crops
    – crops that ARE pesticides (e.g. Bt GMO)

    • David Perlmutter

      As mentioned – these issues do indeed play a role in changing the microbiome and may well be causally related to some of our common maladies

  • anon

    Meh, I was on antibiotics for years for acne, which carried on for my whole life, not just my teens. I have now found that sugar, wheat and cow’s milk were to blame and quitting these foods has cleared up the acne. Adding coconut oil to my diet has helped to get rid of the candida overgrowth caused by the antibiotics. Ant to think, the doctors told me acne is not related to diet!!!!

    • David Perlmutter

      Glad to hear you found the dietary answers you were looking for!

    • David Perlmutter

      Who knew!

  • Kel

    Can you recommend a good probiotic for children & teens ?

  • BetterCakesByDesign

    Childhood obesity is mainly because of all the sugar added to about every single product on our grocery shelves. Sugar kills, and it is fed to our families en-masse daily, actually recommended by the USDA / FDA, and of course big business that is subsidized by our government. These people are in the employ of the companies and positions of authority in the agencies with law making capacity. Can you even consider what a conflict of interest this is? They are out to make money at any cost, including the slow, tortuous death of our families.

    WE DO NOT NEED SUGAR AND POISONS IN OUR FOODS!

    The USA is about the only country that recommends additives, preservatives, artificial this and that … look, why in the world to vitamin supplements need artificial food coloring FD&C Yellow #6? Polypropylene Glycol? Red 40 lake? and on and on … answer? THEY DON’T! IT’S TOXIC, IT’S POISON, IT’S NOT NEEDED AND IT’S KILLING US ALL!

    Use YOUR hard earned dollars and vote NO. Buy from responsible companies that take a stand against toxins and poisons in our food supply AND support courageous knowledgeable men like Dr. Perlmutter who tells it like it is!

    Honesty and integrity are character traits so rare in today’s world, but every now and then, you find one like this man! Thank you Dr. Perlmutter, may God richly bless and prosper you, you have my endorsement and kudos 1000%

  • richard

    why not just add things like sauerkraut,pickles and other such similiar foods high in the bacteria that everyone needs for a healthy digestive system

  • Nat

    My kids swim nearly everyday in a chlorinated pool for their school team. Would that affect them too?

  • Deborah Marrs

    How many carbs would you recommend for healthy, tall and skinny kids ages 12-19. Going G/F !

  • Mandy Ellis

    Thank you Dr Perlmutter, I have been Gluten free now for 1 week after reading your book Grain Brain and I am already feeling huge benefits …. I have never noticed any discomfort eating gluten but when I seen Chapter 9 and the letter that Samuel sent you I can relate, I had tried eating healthy, exercise and sleep but never really felt energized. I often say “I feel like I am slowly dieing”

    I was intending to do a 21 day detox as I was convinced it had to be something I ate but I couldn’t pin point anything …. this is something I still hope to do but it requires a lot of discipline and I am really happy to have read your book as I feel this is a huge leap in the right direction.

    Sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling refreshed but decide not to get up “a lie in at the weekend;-)” then I find that my body feels very heavy almost drugged or heavily dehydrated until I finally get up ….. what is causing this feeling!!!

    • Einar Jørgensen

      The cycles of nature. Sleeping after 6 in the morning will make you tired and drowsy. Get up before 6 (sun time, not clock time). The cycles are 6-10 (heavy period, good for exercise), 2-6 (light period) and 10-2 (active, energetic period). Try to go to bed before 10pm. Check out Ayurveda.

  • Kim Longacre

    Should probiotics be taken indefinitely or for a certain period of time until gut is healed?

  • Jolene

    Going gluten free has not resolved my essential tremor. Any suggestions?

  • IT SEEMS NO MATTER WHICH WAY WE TURN, WE RUN INTO POLUTION OF OUR FOOD, AIR AND WATER. AFTER READING DR PERLMUTTERS BOOK AND STARTING HIS DIET, I HAVE LOST MY CRAVINGS AND OVER THIRTY POUNDS. I TRY TO BUY UN POLUTED FOODS, BUT IT’S REALLY HARD TO TELL, OR BELIEVE IF WHAT WE BUY REALLY IS OK FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. I DO THE BEST I CAN ON MY LIMITED INCOME. I HAVE FILTERED OUR WATER FOR YEARS NOW, THERE’S NO WAY I’D DRINK TAP WATER W/O FILTERING IT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR AMAZING BOOK DR PERLMUTTER. IT IS THE FIRST DIET THAT REALLY MAKES SENSE, AND I’VE BEEN ON THEM ALL. THE RESEARCH IS AWESOME AND A REAL IMPETUS FOR STICKING WITH THE PLAN. FINALLY, SOMEONE SEES THE DRUG COMPANIES FOR WHAT THEY REALLY ARE AND THE DOCTORS WHO SUPPORT THEM. IT IS LIBERATING, AND REASSURING. THANK YOU SO MUCH DR PERLMUTTER!I

    • David Perlmutter

      So glad to hear of your success and changes Linda. Keep it up.

      • Thank you Dr. I have recommended your book and diet to a lot of people, and many have responded well. You are helping so many people and I am truly proud of you! I’m 68 years old, and hope to be healthier and live a long time.

  • Mutterer

    Every time I read Dr Perlmutters posts, I spend a ridiculous amount of time reading the actual research and figuring out what the study actually said. For this, we have a sample size of 25 per study group, with a study published in 2008. I personally think Dr Perlmutter has summer interns comb Pubmed for random studies that may or may not have anything to do with the topics in his book, and then publish far-reaching, kind of deceiving articles for lay people to read. I currently live and work in the middle of a food desert, and I can tell to that it’s not unclear why childhood obesity is an epidemic.

    P.s. To the poster who now is wondering if the chlorine in her kids pool is going to contribute to them becoming fat, if your kids are swimming that much, they’re probably fine.

  • manna

    Chlorine is not going to make you fat. That is ridiculous!!! The things people come up with! I am a 46 year old somewhat skinny female. All my life I have watched my weight because I didn’t want to get fat. I always made sure I never got to 130 lbs. If I ever got close, I would instantly start exercising 6 times a week until I got back to 124 lbs. I love to exercise. Most of my life I ate cereal for breakfast, a lean sandwich and soup for lunch, and a healthy dinner. I am eating more greens and fruit now, but I always have craved that cereal. I think what is making people fat these days are all the great tasting food. You have to avoid the rich and saucy food. I won’t eat anything from an amusement park and I go for low calorie meals when I eat out. I see people splurging or celebrating by having a super fat meal. I do believe that your body wants desperately to stay the weight that it is, so something drastic has to be done to change your weight. I believe the best way to lose weight is to work out for 45 min in medium or high intensity for 6 days a week. After 2 weeks your hunger should subside and you can start eating less. You then should expect to lose 2 pounds per week. This is just my two cents. I don’t know anything about the gut bacteria.

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