Thursday, September 12, 2013
Yesterday's Globe and Mail had a terrific article on new research with respect to kids and obesity.
The results are very encouraging: kids can be trained in strategies to resist high calorie, high fat, high sugar foods.
So when I say that I can resist anything but temptation . . . . with proper training that might no longer be so true.
The downside? Temptation resistance training doesn't last. Kids who participate in the training increase their resistance skills on average for about 6 months. And then they begin to backslide. Willpower wears out. Ummmm: I know that. To my sorrow and chagrin. Which is why I don't put my own willpower to the test any oftener than I have to. I prefer to avoid temptation. The coward's way out!
Still, that six months in many instances is long enough for kids to grow taller without putting on weight such that they lean out. So despite the limitations of temptation resistance training, it's a genuine good news story. (Much better than today's short short in the Globe about the very high percentage of teens, both male and female, who try laxatives, vomiting and starvation to drop weight as fast as possible, and in the process trigger very serious health consequences. Which generally go undiagnosed. Instead, they are praised and feted for dropping the weight without much inquiry into how it happened!)
So maybe refresher temptation resistance retraining sessions every six months or so would be the answer??
(Unfortunately the on line edition of the Globe didn't publish the article, so I can't give you the link.)
But: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI found it on the Wall Street Journal!! Thanks, Anja!!