Obesity--A Child's Nightmare Come True

Last night I had a dream, no it was really a disturbing nightmare. In my nightmare there was an epidemic affecting the children of America and no one really knew about it or even cared to find a cure? Hard copy, 20/20 Dateline and Barbara Walters were all silent. I expected they would be running sensational stories about parental neglect and the inability of researchers and physicians to find the cause and the cure. Then I woke up...realizing there is an epidemic running rampant in society. It's called childhood obesity and this is a living nightmare.

In the March issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, it was reported that childhood obesity for every age group has doubled in the past 20 years. That's a 100-percent increase! If there were such an increase in incidents of some rare childhood cancer, you can be sure that Dateline, 20/20 and every other national news show would have the issue as its lead story. And newspapers would run banner headlines.

Keep in mind that adult obesity has only increased by 33 percent in the same time period...which is nothing to be proud of. This means that childhood obesity is increasing three times faster than adult obesity. What does this predict for the future of health care in this country? Hmmm...

However, this dream can have a happy ending. Like adult obesity, childhood obesity has a simple, guaranteed cure. Simply reduce the levels of insulin in the bloodstream. And we have the drug that is ready to go to battle to eradicate this epidemic virtually overnight.

What is that drug? It's called food and a low carbohydrate diet. Food is the only drug known to lower insulin, but the door can swing both ways, since food can also raise insulin levels.

Once America understands the hormonal rules about food, this silent epidemic of obesity can be brought out of the closet. And then it will be history. Until that time, we can expect an increasing acceleration of this hormonal disturbance in our children that will in turn lower the quality of their lives.

For HealthQuest Longevity Center...This is Dr. Dana Pletcher

with the...Other Side of the Story.