Finally, in the last story for nurses in this week’s news, we look at pediatric health and obesity with a new study from the National Institutes of Health. Researchers looked at obese kids with the blood pressure, blood sugar and metabolic issues they had and looked for ways they could reduce these health markers to normal levels. What they found related back directly to sugar intake.
Modern Diets and Added Sugar
We’ve looked at the challenges with sugar in the modern kid’s diet. Sugary beverages like sodas and juices are a particular problem. This study, published in the Journal Obesity, showed that when sugary foods were removed from a kid’s diet, their health markers returned to near normal within just 10 days and that means that their obesity and their metabolic health could be turned around.
This is significant and ties in with the 2014 Federal dietary guidelines that recommends all Americans reduce their sugar intake. The FDA has added a proposal that all food companies who add sugar to their foods add a notation on the label that sugar has been added and the percentage of daily recommended sugar it represents. Sugar should represent less than 10% of daily caloric intake.
Sugar represents empty calories, whereas other food sources like fruits and vegetables represent nutrient dense calories. By making this study and the recommendations known it is hoped that those who work with kids, including pediatric nurse practitioners, can help parents understand that the control is in their hands. They can impact their child’s health in a very positive way with some very simple changes. I urge you to read the entire article I’ll have linked to over at NursingShow.com so you can see the whole study.
Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Why a Career in Wound Care Nursing and Episode 369.