Studies show that children born by women after having weight loss surgery are stronger than those born to obese mothers. The post weight loss surgery children have healthier hearts. But it is not just the heart that benefits. Several thousand genes are affected and so the child’s entire physiology is improved. What is really astounding is that children born to obese mothers will have greater hip and weight girth. Children born to thin mothers have better insulin levels and lower blood pressure. So being a thin mother benefits the child before and after birth – throughout their entire life.

This study does not indicate whether or not just losing weight is the cause of babies being healthier independent of the method used to lose weight. We believe that just being thin will improve your baby’s entire life regardless of the method you use to lose weight. A thinner mother is going to be healthier and her system will deliver superior nutrition to the child. So don’t get weight loss surgery just to have healthier children. Get it to be a healthier you if you can’t lose pounds normally with diet and exercise. A thinner, healthier mother will be a better, more active mother before and after birth. Both you and your children will be winners for the rest of your lives.

Dotinga, Randy. “Women’s Weight-Loss Surgery May Benefit Later Offspring.” HealthDay. 20 Jun 2013: n. page. Web. 20 Jun. 2013.

Will exercise help obese children lose weight?

Exercise does not help overweight children drop pounds according to a Reuters Health article. It seems that for children the path to weight loss is diet, diet, diet. Improving the quality of food and reducing portionsDiet for young children – two young boys frowning at fruits and vegetablescauses greater weight loss in children than does exercise. Garry Bennett who studies obesity prevention in a program at Duke University in Durham North Carolina says that exercise is marginal in its effect in helping children lose weight. This is based on the results of 14 studies where one group of youths participated using diet only and another diet and exercise. Adding strength training only resulted in an additional 1/2 percent of weight loss over the groups that did no exercise. Mandy Ho (a lead author in the study) from the University of Sydney in Australia pointed out that building lean muscle mass results in long term weight loss. Lean muscle mass reduces blood sugar and increases the good cholesterol (HDL). She also pointed out that for proper development, children may need nutrition that extreme diet’s might deprive them of. A few of the studies noted that cholesterol and blood sugar improvements went away after the programs ended and the children regained pounds. The results are in.  Diet rules over exercise when it comes to weight loss for children.

Pittman, Genevra. “Does adding exercise to a diet help heavy kids?.” Reuters Health. 20 Jun 2013

Safe weight loss for obese children

Extreme diet changes are not good for children. When you decide that you must intervene in your child’s life for their health’s sake, realize that you also must still deliver full nutrition in their diet for healthy development. Healthy carbohydrates for weight loss in children – a girl and a boy with a plate of broccoliChildren are going to need more carbohydrates than adults while losing pounds. So the first thing a parent should look at is the quality of carbohydrates being consumed by an overweight child. Understanding the Glycemic Index and learning the glycemic load of each carbohydrate food your child consumes is the best way to control a young child’s weight. Potatoes deliver more blood sugar then cane sugar. Potatoes and rice cause immediate large blood sugar spikes that process into more body fat than any other foods (except fructose). Other examples of you want to eliminate are bread foods made with white flour which only contains the grain’s endosperm (the soft white center of the grain). They have a very high glycemic load and have absolutely no food value and must be replaced with whole grain versions. Don’t think you can buy anything that just says whole wheat on it. ‘Wheat bread’ is a combination of whole grain wheat and white flour – only a small percentage of it is whole grain – the rest being highly processed white. Most of you know that you must only consume ‘whole grain bread’ which contains the cereal germ, endosperm, and bran. But be aware of another trick in the low quality food manufacturers’ arsenal – that is to create whole grain on paper. What they do is mix bleached white flour with the other so-called whole grain components that they buy on the market as cheaply as possible. These components are usually byproducts of food processing that like white flour have minimal to no food value. When the label says ‘stone ground’ you know it is truly a whole grain product. These rules can apply to all grains, not just wheat.

Wheat Belly? Now the latest weight loss science craze is saying not to eat wheat. Wheat and corn are the most prolific grains consumed by people in the United States. Recent studies have shown that wheat and corn may be some of the most genetically altered foods. If you ever wondered how GMOs have affected you, they may have for 30 years in these grains. In the early 70’s, wheat stood over 40 inches in height. Now it is a mere 18 inches in height. But the largest change may be its glycemic load. Recently on the Dr. Oz show (07/02/13), they did a test. They fed five women 2 slices of whole grain wheat bread and did a blood sugar test. The next day (24 hours later) they fed the ladies candy bars and took their blood sugars again. Three out of the five women had higher blood sugar spikes from the whole grain wheat bead – one of them was double that of the candy bar. Further, it was shown wheat may be addictive and may increase addiction to other fattening foods Finally, corn sugar (the largest source of fructose) is not just sugar like the corn producers say it is. It is the smallest sugar molecule of them all. Because of that, it translates into blood sugar almost instantly. That’s right.  It is almost instant body fat. Fructose rivals wheat in being in more foods than anything else – soda pop, jellies, popsicles, the list is endless. Foods produced with fructose cause more body fat and in turn obesity than any other.

The healthy solution to your child’s obesity is not to starve them – that will hurt their health. The road to healthy weight loss is substitution of high glycemic load foods with low ones. Not too long ago those substitutes tasted really bad and people almost had good reason to not eat them. Nowadays there is no excuse because there are great substitutes available – some tasting much better than their fattening counterparts. Switching your child to high quality carbohydrates increases their nutrition while simultaneously reducing caloric intake and glycemic load – a true win – win. You want to teach your children to prefer the tastes of good food. That ability learned young will change the nature of their health over their lifetime. A good Glycemic Index book is the roadmap for healthy eating for your children (be aware that recent findings about wheat may not be represented in them). In this article we are talking only in terms of the most sinful carbs: breads, starchy vegetables (potatoes, rice) and sugar. Dark colored vegetables (red, green, yellow etc.) have the lowest glycemic load and more nutrition than any class of carbohydrate – by far. They are the only path to realizing maximum health by anyone at any age. Fruit is good for you but has a much higher glycemic load. But, fruit is the choice you should make for your children in substitution for candy.