Childhood obesity is on the rise in America. Even if you don’t want fries with that kids’ meal, chances are your fast food restaurant wants to give you some. Chains like McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King offer unhealthy sides and drinks 84 percent of the time, in lieu of their more nutritious offerings like apple slices, yogurt and juice. That’s among the findings of a new analysis released by researchers at Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, which examined fast food marketing and nutrition trends.
The fast food industry has stepped up its efforts to reach children and teens, the researchers say: Last year, preschoolers saw 56 percent more ads for Subway, 21 percent more ads for McDonald’s and 9 percent more ads for Burger King than they did in 2007. And often, they’re bombarded with images of snacks and desserts— children see more than two advertisements each day promoting unhealthy menu items.
Except for obesity conditions caused by extremely rare glandular problems, children and adults become obese for one reason and one reason only—consuming more calories than they burn. To lose weight you just need to consume less calories than you burn. That’s it—it’s that simple. Either eat less, exercise more or do both.
There are many reasons we are overeating, including stress, boredom, food/comfort issues and malnutrition. If kids and adults are not exercising because of pain or no energy, chiropractors can help with both of these problems. Chiropractors are the experts at eliminating the causes of pain, not just masking the pain with drugs.
Through chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors can restore the body to normal alignment, thus reducing the physical causes of spinal stress and return it to normal function.
I can help you and other family members have more energy through better spinal health. Call my office at 425-778-9600 for a consultation.