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Doctor Barry Sears

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This is a consequence of fetal programming in which hyperinsulinemia can leave epigenetic marks in the DNA of the fetus that predisposes them to obesity, diabetes, and diabetes.  Much of this is explained in my new book, “The Mediterranean Zone,” coming out in the fall.
Doctor Barry Sears

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This is called fetal programming, and it is explained in great detail in my new book, “The Mediterranean Zone,” coming out in the fall.
Doctor Barry Sears

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This is definitely a case of positive imitation of the parents’ eating habits as seen by the child.
Doctor Barry Sears

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A better diet usually means an anti-inflammatory diet. 
Doctor Barry Sears

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This is probably another case of fetal programming and helps explains the rapid rise in ADHD along with the dramatic decrease in the intake of omega-3 fatty acids (that also control depression better than anti-depressants). 
Doctor Barry Sears

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It's not about gaining less weight, but reducing the inflammation before pregnancy that generates the health benefits to both the mother and child.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Why stop there?  They should also tax bread and pasta since they have a greater impact on blood glucose levels than sugary sodas. After all, glucose is glucose.
Doctor Barry Sears

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This is due to fetal programing that sets epigenetic marks that will last a lifetime.  My new book, “The Mediterranean Zone,” goes into more detail how this happens.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Try doing a little math at the same time. Make sure the ratio of fat:protein:carbohydrate is about 1:2:3. If it is, then it is likely to produce the right hormonal response in your child to reduce obesity.
Doctor Barry Sears

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The fetus needs omega-3 fatty acids for optimal brain development.  All fish have relatively high levels of PCBs as do fish oil in health-food stores.  Look for those brands that have a PCB level of less than 5 ppb (there aren't too many) as the ideal source of omega-3 fatty acids for the fetus.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Emphasizing child health means reducing the levels of inflammation.  This is why an anti-inflammatory diet should be the #1 tool for any parent's childhood concern for the best outcome for their kids. 
Doctor Barry Sears

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The epigenetic marks made during fetal programming can last a lifetime.  Everyone should be concerned by prenatal nutrition of the mother.
Doctor Barry Sears

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You can also blame environmental toxins, such as PCBs that are endocrine disruptors that promote obesity in every species.  Their effects via epigenetics can last up to three generations.
Doctor Barry Sears

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The obesity for these preschoolers started in the womb via fetal programming, and the epigenetic changes are likely to be carried for the rest of their lives.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Maybe there will soon be an app for parenting.  Here's an easier approach that doesn't require a smart phone:  Don't eat white carbohydrates.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Any successful lifestyle change for a child has to be mimicked by the parent to be successful.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Money talks, and health usually walks.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Most parents are quite willing to leave their child's future to Big Food.  It's like letting a child to play in the street thinking he or she will never get hit by a car.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Both asthma and obesity are inflammatory conditions.  Obesity feeds the inflammation associated with the symptoms of asthma.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Today professional athletes tend to eat a lot better. It's hard to control for exercise if you are not controlling for the diet at the same time.

Doctor Barry Sears

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Raise local taxes, and you can give kids great lunches.

Doctor Barry Sears

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No one seems to want to pay for good education or good nutrition in schools.

Doctor Barry Sears

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Probably the most important thing to do as a parent is to eat exactly the way you want your children to do.
Doctor Barry Sears

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I believe the W.H.O. recommendations for omega-3 intakes are about 10 times too low.
Doctor Barry Sears

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And that is only up to 2009. It's probably worse now, which doesn't bode well for future health care since once you have diabetes you are 2-4 times more likely to develop heart disease and Alzheimer's.
Doctor Barry Sears

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It's more likely that the epigenetic factors are increasing as the children age.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Too bad there was no mention of reducing inflammation in their fat cells.