I've been watching bits and pieces of the Child Obesity Summit, watching the summary emails come in, reading the experts' quotes and have realized something:
This event applies far beyond children or even obesity. So much of it is related to overall health.
Here's a slightly modified version of I posted to Facebook today:
It's nearing the end of this online event. There's been some great content, and it doesn't only apply to children, or obesity. Several of the takeaways are good overall health strategies.
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Summary of today, organizer's notes mixed with my own:
For some it's food, for some it's medicine, for some it's exercise, for some people it's work.
We all have that one thing that we turn to for comfort when things get tough, or that we kinda know we really need to cut back on.
Unfortunately children don't have that filter in their minds that gently reminds them that there will be consequences when they over-consume as a stress response. It's hard enough to exercise that filter as an adult, sometimes.
[At this moment I'm thinking about last night when I limited myself to one beer while watching the baseball game because I was under slept and hadn't eaten much yesterday. I knew, and shared with the bar staff, that the potential consequences of drinking more would be 1) getting drunk quickly, and 2) hangover. Kids don't have equivalent self-awareness or experience.]
One of today's presentations points to EXERCISE as something that's encouraged but can be potentially harmful. In his presentation, Brett Klika says,
“Exercise is not a pill for weight loss, and if we treat it that way it'll create a negative relationship and we won't want to do it forever”.
I haven't watched yet but this teaser makes me want to. My guesses about what he'll discuss: Orthorexia. Addiction. Definition of “exercise” or bias toward certain types. I'm also curious because I was encouraged to get physical exercise when I was a child and I also had my mother as an exercise role model.
Edit: My guesses were mostly wrong, a little bit correct.
Today's Childhood Obesity Summit presentations
Damon Gameau – Hidden Sugar & Damage to Your Child's Body & Brain
It's becoming more accepted that sugar, not fat, causes weight gain – but Damon has subjected himself to a high-sugar diet to see what it's effects can be. Perhaps unsurprisingly he experienced many of the same challenges that children to today – weight gain, loss of motivation and drive, brain fog, lethargy and an inability to concentrate. He joins us to reveal how prevalent sugar is in foods, and what we can do to help our children avoid it.
Brett Klika – Cracking The Coordination Code
Children's exercise expert Brett Klika joins us to investigate why children need to focus on movement and skills rather than the standard exercises that are commonly done in gyms today. He also reveals the power of language around exercise and how we should (and shouldn't) perceive the process of exercising and moving.
Jess Sherman– The Chemical-Obesity Link
There are many different mechanisms for weight gain – and chronic chemical exposure can be one. Jess shows us the chemicals which have been specifically identified as likely to cause weight gain (yet aren't required to be labelled as such), where they're likely to be found and how we can avoid them.
Jimmy Moore – Understanding The Low-Carb Lifestyle
Former overweight child Jimmy shares the truth about the shocking and destructive effects of the modern diet upon health and body weight, as well as giving simple tips to beat cravings and transition away from the fast-food lifestyle.
Here are some quotes from today that I really liked and hope you like too:
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