Nearly one in three children is overweight or obese. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) estimated that nearly 17% of children age 2 – 19 years are obese. According to the Childhood Obesity Foundation in Canada, over 25% of the children are considered overweight or obese. Alarmingly, there is no great concern. No elected official, medical professional or childcare organization has sounded the alarm. The United States has more obesity than any other country.
Humans are born with the most important effective food management tool—a hypothalamus, which helps to regulate the amount of food required for maintaining optimum health and weight. The main function of the hypothalamus is homeostasis, or maintaining the body’s status quo. Factors such as blood pressure, body temperature, fluid and electrolyte balance, and body weight are held to a precise value called the set-point. Although this set-point can migrate over time, from day to day it is remarkably fixed.
January 4 – U.S. – Federal Government Gives 100% Tax Credit for Smoke Cessation and Weight Loss. Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking or improve your finances, the federal government offers lots of help with New Year’s resolutions through different tax credits.