THIS refers to the letter ‘Teen obesity: some remedies’ (March 6, 2013) which I read with great interest. The writer has rightly pointed to a serious health problem not only in Pakistan but worldwide.

Dr Graham Simpson of Eternity Medicine, Las Vegas, USA, writes in his book “Wellman”: “Nearly 20 per cent of children are now overweight. For the first time in human history children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents because of obesity-related diseases. Being overweight is the primarily disease risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes. The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in children has increased twenty-five times since 1950. In fact, a child born today will have one in three chances of developing diabetes. Thirty per cent of obese children have metabolic syndrome.”

Regarding the cause, he further writes: “The excess weight largely results from the increased consumption of junk food consisting chiefly of refined sugars, high glycemic carbohydrates and trans-fats (hydrogenated oils found in processed foods). The solution apart from exercise lies in a proper diet and the best diet recommended by experts is “the Paleo diet”, which is the original human diet consistent with our genetic requirement.”

A good reference in this regard is “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf.

Hundreds of articles on “The Paleo diet” can be accessed and downloaded from the Internet.

We have a responsibility to make sure our children do not suffer from diseases and problems which are entirely preventable.

DR ZUBAIR MIRZA Eternity Medicine Institute Karachi

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A. Khan
April 14, 2013 2:10 am
Here is my remedy for teen obesity : control their diet (little or no junk food) and get them to exercise, be it jogging around the neighbourhood or even the front yard. You don't need anything more than that. Parents are to blame in not being able to say NO to their ladlas.
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