Tag Archives: children and obesity

What’s A Little Spare Tire or Two…

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Obesity is a global health concern. In the US, more than 69% of adults aged 20 years or over are overweight or obese. Similar numbers are found in the UK, where around 62% of individuals aged 16 or over are overweight or obese.

It is well known that being overweight can increase the risk of potentially serious health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Past research has also shown that overweight and obesity can increase the risk of cancer.

Last year an eight analysis was completed. Results of the analysis revealed that 166,955 participants developed one of the 22 cancers during the 7.5-year follow-up. The researchers found that BMI (Body Mass Index) was linked to the development of 17 out of these 22 cancers, and the link was particularly strong for 10 of these cancers.

Every 5 kg/m2 increase in BMI was associated with a higher risk of the following cancers:

Womb/Uterine (62% increased risk)
Gallbladder (31% increased risk)
Kidney (25% increased risk)
Liver (19% increased risk)
Cervical (10% increased risk)
Colon (10% increased risk)
Ovarian (9% increased risk)
Thyroid (9% increased risk)
Leukemia (9% increased risk)
Breast (5% increased risk)

A 1 kg/m2 increase in average BMI (the equivalent to 8-10 pounds per adult) across the country’s population – which occurs around every 12 years based on current trends – may cause an additional 3,790 cases of the 10 cancers every year.

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Oils and Addiction

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While essential oils can’t “cure” addictions, they can certainly help combat addictive symptoms and minimize or even eliminate mild to persistent cravings.  This week, as I focus on addiction, I thought it would be helpful to offer some essential oils information for treating addiction/cravings.

Below are the various essential oils and the addictions they assist in managing (this list is by no means comprehensive):

1. Clove

Aids in combating nicotine/tobacco addiction.  Apply one drop under tongue. 

2. Grapefruit

Aids in combating drug cravings and addiction. Apply one drop to top of tongue and under nose.

3. Rosemary

Aids in combating alcohol addiction. Apply one drop on top of tongue.

4. Helichrysum

Aids in combating alcohol addiction. Apply one drop on top of tongue.

5. Orange

Aids in combating alcohol addiction. Apply one drop on top of tongue.

6. Lavender

Aids in combating alcohol addiction. Apply one drop on top of tongue and under nose.  Aids in combating drug cravings and addiction. Apply one drop to top of tongue and under nose.

7. Basil

Aids in combating drug cravings and addiction. Apply one drop to top of tongue.

8. Eucalyptus

Aids in combating drug cravings and addiction. Apply one drop to top of tongue and under nose.

9. Marjoram

Aids in combating drug cravings and addiction. Apply one drop to top of tongue.

 

 

Indoor Play Workout

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Once stuck inside and feeling trapped it’s easy to turn to TV and video games to pass the time. But after too many cartoons and not enough movement those young bodies will only gain weight and lose muscle. Pull those little bodies away from the TV, off the couch and into some games that will help keep those frames in good shape as they grow. Elevating heart rates has never been full of more giggles or fun. By developing in your children a love of movement when they’re young, you are setting them up to be stronger, healthier, and disease-free when they’re older.

It is common to turn to structured sports, but the key is in variety of free play. Plus it is free! Indoors or out, making exercise fun can excite children to move around and get them physically vital, stronger and more energetic. It’s a great first step on the road to cultivating a lifetime of health and fitness. Exercise activities enticing children to run, jump, push, pull, play, dance, balance, stretch, and let rip a little, brings fresh blood to their muscles, looseness to their limbs, and alertness to their brains.

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