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Danish may have the secret to curing childhood obesity

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 by Maggie LaBarbera

Could one doctor have cracked the code for childhood obesity?  One Danish doctor, Dr Holm has reported a pilot study that included 1900 children.    According to his report, 70% of the children who lost weight, maintained their weight loss after four years.

He had 17 very specific rules that families had to follow.  The rules are not just about portion control but really focus on family lifestyle.

Are you ready to take on this challenge.  

Nourish Thought for the Day:  

Childhood obesity should be rephrased, family obesity. It is really about family lifestyle.

Here is Dr Holm list of "To Dos and Don'ts"

  1. No crunchy muesli or fruit yoghurts for breakfast. Choose oatmeal or dark brown bread instead - oh, and it says meat and fish too. Well, it is a Danish r
  2. No fast food or white bread for lunch; choose brown bread, meat, fish and vegetables instead
  3. Dish up portions in the kitchen - don't have pots and pans at the dining table
  4. Plate proportions for dinner should be: half vegetables, a quarter brown rice, pasta or potatoes, and a quarter low fat fish or meat
  5. Wait 20 minutes before having second helpings - this allows time for the body to feel full
  6. Feel satisfied after each meal
  7. Only two pieces of fruit per day - we assume it's suggested that the rest of the 5 a day come from vegetables
  8. Fast food only once a month
  9. Sweets only once a week
  10. Snacks only once a week
  11. Limit juice, iced tea, cocoa, soda or lemonade to once weekly - only half a litre in total
  12. Cycle or walk to school
  13. Organized physical activity eg dancing, handball or gymnastics
  14. Free physical activities like walking/biking after school, walking the dog or trampolining
  15. Screen time (television, computer or tablet) limited to two hours per day
  16. No television/computer access until 5pm
  17. Set a regular, early bedtime




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