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How Do Babies Become “Too Fat to Toddle”?

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  • According to the latest statistics, 17 percent of British boys and 16 percent of girls now fall in the obese category. In the US, 18 percent of American children between the ages of six and 11 are obese
  • In the US, the poorest people have the highest obesity rates—an indication that the problem stems from their food choices. Something in the cheapest and most readily available foods is creating metabolic havoc
  • Refined fructose, typically in some form of corn syrup, is now found in virtually every processed food and fast food meal you can think of, and fructose actually “programs” your body to consume more calories and store fat
  • Grains are another culprit, as they quickly turn into sugar in your child’s body. These types of carbs (fructose and grains) affect the hormones insulin and leptin, both of which are very potent fat regulators
  • The simplest way back toward health, for children and adults alike, is to focus on WHOLE, ideally organic, foods -- foods that have not been processed or altered from their original state

By Dr. Mercola

The British BBC documentary above originally aired back in 2008. At the time, one in four preschool children in the UK were overweight or obese, closely matching childhood obesity rates in the United States.


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