Metabolism

Can Excessive Sugar Intake Be Toxic to Your Children? (Archived Pedcast)

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Can dietary sugar be toxic to your children?  Not worried about your children’s liver health? Maybe you should be as I am about to explain in this week’s post.

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6 Reasons Your Children Need Breakfast (Pedcast)

Introduction

I think this pedcast title speaks for itself. Today we are going to go over six reasons your children need breakfast and why all parents with young children should make providing breakfast a priority for their children. Stay tuned for this informative and important pedcast that’s coming at you right now with me, your host, Dr. Paul Smolen. Continue reading

New Insights About Obese Children (Pedcast)

 

Introduction

I was lucky enough to be riding my bike on a beautiful fall day recently when my “Biking friends” and I passed a soccer field of one of the private schools in Charlotte. The school was at the top of a hill so we stopped for a moment to rest and watch the kids play on the playground.  Two things immediately struck me as we watched the children– first, the diversity of the racial backgrounds of the kids on that field. I think of the forty or so children out on the field running around, every ethnic group was represented, all playing with one another without any apparent animosity or segregation.  I found that very refreshing and encouraging.  The other thing I noticed was that there was not one child on the field who was overweight–not one!  This is not the norm in America these days where  35% of children are now overweight and 20% are obese. So in today’s pedcast, I thought we might do a thought experiment to see if we can explain why these children seem to be different than the average group of kids in America today; why weren’t there overweight and obese kids on that playground? Continue reading

Kids, Holidays, and Sugar (Pedcast)

Doc Smo here. Thank you for joining me today. I am fortunate to have many patients who are new immigrants to the the US.  I care for the children of many families who, just a few years ago, lived in India, China, Taiwan, Iran, France, Germany, and the UK just to mention a few. Charlotte is becoming a very diverse place, with it’s rapid growth. It is definitely not the little sleepy southern town I moved to 33 years ago. I was talking to a mother from Taiwan the other day, which happened to be a few days before Easter. She made the comment that holidays in America are very different from those she experienced where she grew up. Here, holiday always means lots of candy and sweets. When she was a child, that just wasn’t true.  Here ,every holiday is an excuse to have candy, soda, cake, ice cream etc etc. She had also noticed that children are rewarded in America for every accomplishment with candy; good grades, winning of a sporting event, birthdays, end of the school year or just about everything.  Sugar, sugar, sugar!  You can’t get out of a store without your child being tempted by a huge display of candy at the checkout counter and the frequent argument that this candy precipitates. Continue reading