Study concludes that Overweight or Obese Children snack more after meals than their normal weight peers. The study does not explain “why”….This is WHY!
Our children are suffering while study after study points out that they are becoming overweight and obese. These children eat more than their normal weight counterparts, and snack more after eating their meals, too.
What has not been “established” is why two children, even siblings born into the same family, can have such different eating and weight patterns. And why does the overweight child eat so quickly, so much, and so often?. There is a concrete, real answer and a concrete, real solution to this major problem.
The reason overweight/obese children continue to eat even after a full meal is because these children are born with the genetic predisposition to insulin imbalance. In addition to being born with the genes for insulin imbalance that progresses to insulin resistance, the overweight or obese kids have been targets of several life stressors including: emotional stress, physical stress like illnesses, hypertension, inactivity, over consumption of carbohydrate foods, hormone imbalance during growth spurts, etc.
In the following picture, take note that regular soda, burger buns, chicken nugget breading, French fries, cookies, ketchup are all high glycemic index carbs. If the children have the genetic predisposition to insulin imbalance and are hit with stress, inactivity, lots of TV and video games, no regular exercise, a high carb diet, and illnesses like asthma, hypertension…they become fatter on the outside and inside (fatty liver, high cholesterol, high LDL cholesterol, high triglycerides).
When their normal weight counterparts consume a meal, they release the appropriate amount of insulin, their blood sugar is normalized, and they feel sated for the next 4-5 hours (at the end of the carbohydrate’s lifespan). This is “textbook metabolism.” This is “normal metabolism”. This is NOT the metabolism our overweight and obese children and adults have.
Many children (over 60%) who struggle with their weight are born with the genes that predispose them to metabolic syndrome later in their lives. Metabolic syndrome will cause overweight/obesity, hypertension, elevated blood lipids, and glucose aberrations.
These children (I call their metabolism type either Metabolism B or Met B) will over release insulin in response to the normal rise in blood glucose after a meal. Excess insulin release will allow excess glucose to enter excess fat cells, and causes circulating blood glucose to drop lower than is normal. The brain will sense this unusual drop in blood sugar after a meal and trigger the desire to consume the one food that will quickly enable a rise in blood sugar….carbohydrate.
Children with insulin imbalance will crave chips, pretzels, soda, crackers, ice cream, cookies, juice, bagels, pizza..even bread….not long after eating a complete meal.
Sometimes within 1-2 hours after a normal meal, children with Met B will crave carbohdyrate….To the outsider with textbook metabolism, it makes no sense. Why aren’t they full? IT IS A PHYSICAL PROBLEM. These kids are not emotionally eating, they are physiologically eating and they need help.
(Please note that the “test meal” in the study linked at the end of this article was a VERY high carbohydrate meal consisting of pasta with sauce, applesauce, milk, etc. I would guesstimate the meal contained nearly 100 grams of carbohdyrate.) The children with Met B were “forced” into the snack mode by a high carb meal that triggered a high release of insulin and a lower than normal drop in blood sugar. They were “compelled” to snack on carbs as their brain called for food that would enable blood sugar to return to normal. I’m glad they chose this meal…it truly proves my point.)
The answer to this over-release of insulin is not difficult ….These children need to be identified (labwork is quick and objective identification of Met B) and learn a lifestyle that matches their metabolism.
For more information …www.themetabolismmiracle.com. I have researched Met B for over 15 years and developed the one lifestyle program that really does treat this type of metabolism and enable long term normal weight, healthy lab values, energy, and so much more.
I am a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. I am trained traditionally. It took “thinking outside the box” to understand what is causing our obesity/diabetes epidemic. Read about it….live it…and live your life the way it was meant to be lived…healthily. Then, spread the word. The answer is not in medication, it is in learning and living the right lifestyle for a very real metabolic type. Thank you.