This article is in the Telegraph.
It's so stupid. - How could genetic inheritance change so markedly in a period of a decade or two? - This is nonsense. - Obesity is caused by fluid retention, and fluid retention is related to salt sensitivity in groups vulnerable to salt. One of the groups vulnerable to salt is small children. (Note: obesity is caused by fluid retention - NOT by overeating. - You know loads of people who eat vast amounts of food and take no exercise and are as slim as reeds. - Clearly overeating does not cause obesity.) - Fluid retention (and therefore weight) is reduced when salt intake is reduced.
(I note the 'research' was funded by Cancer Research UK and others and this reinforces my low opinion of Cancer Research UK...)o: - They should be telling people the truth about salt and how salt reduction is the safest and most reliable way to reduce your risk of developing cancer.)
When children become fat it is essentially because they are eating salty food. Children are especially vulnerable to salt because of their small size and small blood volume, and because their blood vessels are weaker than those of adults. Salt, and the water it attracts to it, can more easily distend weak blood vessels than fully mature ones. The resulting increase in blood volume and other fluid retention results in weight gain, as well as higher blood pressure and many other undesirable consequences. The smaller the child, the less salt they should have - and a baby, of course, should have no salt at all.
Because children have much smaller bodies than adults it would be best if they had no more than half as much salt as adults. Most children, however, have much more than this because they eat so many snacks and instant foods.
There are high amounts of salt in packet soups, instant noodles, crisps, ketchup and sauces, sausages, burgers and savoury snacks. Fat children will lose weight fast if they eat less salt. And even faster still if they eat plenty of fresh fruit and unsalted vegetables, because these are rich in potassium, which helps to displace sodium from the body.
Lose weight, reduce your risk of most cancers, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, vascular dementia, osteopenia, osteoporosis, hypercholesterolaemia, depression, liver and kidney problems, and improve your health in many other ways without drugs or expense by eating less salt! - Try it! - You will feel so much better!vulnerable groups
How to Lose weight!
Children and Obesity
Read my Mensa article on Obesity and the Salt Connection
See Sodium in foods and
Associated health conditions and
See FAT RETENTION
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Wider implications of the flawed theory that excess calorie intake causes obesity
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