Obesity in children is a growing concern and is likely to cause health issues into adulthood.
As parents we have a duty to protect our children from harm, we wouldn't dream of letting our child drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, but we are more than happy to hand over the sugary laden treats and snacks to our off-spring.
The NHS is seriously looking at introducing medications such as Saxenda (Liraglutide) to help reverse this problem in our children. Currently Saxenda for weight-loss is not licensed for children under 18.
Sugar is not only bad for our health, it is a highly addictive drug. The more we have, the more we want. In the past 30 years, the food industry has been lacing our food with hidden sugars in processed foods and we have got use to the taste without even knowing it. Our children have also become automatically exposed and as a parent it has become acceptable to give your child enticingly attractive sugary snacks and treats, but this does not make it right.
The government is trying to tackle the issue with banning confectionary at supermarket checkouts and introducing a ‘sugar tax’. Sugary foods should carry a health warning and parents should be more educated and informed as to the real damage that sugar can do to our growing children. However, as a responsible parent, action needs to be taken now to stop your child’s sweet tooth developing any further
Like any addiction, sugar addiction can be overcome and we can also educate our children accordingly
Just as our palates have been conditioned to crave sugar, they can be conditioned to crave it less. To like a food less, we have to work this process in reverse. The key is to train your palette to prefer less sweet. “Sweet” and not “sugar.” Noncaloric sweeteners are sweet too, sometimes even sweeter than sugar. Using noncaloric sweeteners instead of sugar will not reduce your sugar addiction, it will only feed it.
This can be easier said than done, but here’s where SkinnyJab can help. The medication part of the programme reduces cravings and desire for sugar. The unique dietary plan stimulates your metabolism to burn energy more efficiently.
The medication used in the SkinnyJab programmes, is not currently licensed for children under 18, but it soon will be, as an urgent need to tackle the childhood obesity crisis is very much a priority at the moment.
SkinnyJab for adults has been a phenomenal success during the past 18 months and has treated over 4000 patients with very successful weight-loss results, that has stayed off. With busy stressful work and family life, The SkinnyJab programme makes it easy to control your weight, adopt a better healthier approach to food choices for yourself and for your family.