An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This was the phrase Benjamin Franklin used to light up the call for the first Fire Company ( or Department) in Philadelphia in 1736. Fires affected owners of buildings and businesses in highly adverse ways. It put them out of business, ruined their momentum and often took a large toll on their families. By establishing a safer way to extinguish fires and provide insurance on buildings that protected the insured from fire damage, Franklin knew he could prevent the social, economic and political damage from a fire. But little did he know that "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" would come to the forefront on another kind of fire that carries an even more financial, political and economic toll to not just Philadelphians but to his entire country. The childhood obesity epidemic is the fastest spreading epidemic in the country and it is an epidemic that is basically all about fire, the fire inside the body that turns needed calories into available energy for life to sustain itself.

Even though the current Congress lacks a fundamental understanding of this idiom, every pediatrician knows that the most effective coaching for parents and children that can be done is to coach on changing behavior. If "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is going to be effective then a family's caloric behavior around the dinner table has got to change. The pediatric clinics that are most successful in reducing childhood obesity are the ones that are organized to focus on prevention. You can't cure a child of obesity, but you can prevent that child from becoming obese by focusing of behavioral changes made from within the family unit as well as the environmental unit.

Michael Pollan's in his new book Food Rules sums it up in his Food Rule #70:

Breakfast Like a King,

Lunch Like a Prince,

Dine Like a Pauper.

By decreasing the number of calories throughout the day one can manage the most deceptive of fires, the internal fire of burning calories. Taking in more calories than you use up results in the storage of the extra calories in the form of fat. Obesity is the result. Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim in their engrossing book Why Calories Count tackle this life threatening event when they examine the relationship of calories to body weight.

Imagine a calorie of energy as one big pie. In that pie are social, political and economic behaviors that are playing out in the present day human population. Food companies, fast food chains, school food service personnel, medical professionals, restaurants, grocery stores, political contributions to our elected officials from food companies, food service companies and agriculture are all part of each calorie. Understanding how these different dimensions influence the number of calories our bodies take in each day is the key to getting a grip on the relationship calories have to body weight.

Most of us in America eat breakfast at each meal. We never experience lunching like a prince, or dining like a pauper. We breakfast like kings with our bacon and eggs, we breakfast like kings when we grab a hamburger and fries and a coke, we breakfast like kings when we grill a 12 ounce steak in the evening and down a couple of beers. We breakfast all day. But this breakfasting isn't from one physiological influence. We weren't born to breakfast all day. But we will die sooner than later if we continue to behave this way. It's the social, the economic, the political behaviors that are influencing our all day breakfasting. Nestle and Nesheim clearly broaden our view of how calories take on the flavor of foods that have a nutrient density of zero.

David Katz MD, Director, Yale Prevention Research Center, has a wonderful article on what prevention really means. He writes, "If we got down to the bedrock of true prevention -- lifestyle as preventive medicine -- we could add years to life, add life to years, and save a whole lot of money by putting to use the science and sense long at our disposal. Doing so will, of course, require changes in how we think about health, changes in our culture. But culture is what we make it, and we can change it for free. Which brings us to the bottom line, figuratively and literally. We have the science we need to eliminate outright most of what ails us. Prevention could save us a whole lot of dollars if, when we used the term, we made a bit more sense."

Healthy Choices Posters

When children experience how it 'feels' to begin to control their own lifestyle factors that affect their health, this is the beginning of their own medical destiny. Making healthy choices is the master lever for passing over major chronic disease epidemics. "What I want for my children is for them to understand they can have control over the quality of their food and the characteristics of different foods. I want them to yearn to taste the earthiness in a mushroom, the sweeetness in a beet. This poster image has given my children an opportunity to become more aware of what they are putting in their mouths," one mother recently wrote us. We are hearing from many parents now and they are all telling us the same thing: This poster image makes the whole effort toward good health so much easier than without this image. Michael Pollan's eater's manual entitled Food Rules includes images with every Food Rule. StarChild Science's Healthy Living Initiative includes our Healthy Choices poster and flyer image in its animations for families and teachers as well as in its products. Businesses are telling us that when they put their logo on our Healthy Choices poster or flyer, families always remember their efforts to keep children focused on making healthy choices.

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Added: May 4, 2012

Apparently, Congress didn't seek professional opinions about heatlhy eating for our school

 

Attacking the Obesity Epidemic by First Figuring Out Its Cause

Attacking the Obesity Epidemic by First Figuring Out Its Cause
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Added: May 4, 2012

This month the United Nations General Assembly will focus on noncommunicable diseases, with the

 

A new approach to weight loss?

A new approach to weight loss?

Added: May 4, 2012

If built-in reward systems in the brain are already present when a child is young, why not allow

 

How to Reduce Childhood Obesity: Get Government to Pay Attention

How to Reduce Childhood Obesity: Get Government to Pay Attention
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Added: May 4, 2012

If governments paid attention to the research, Marion Nestle proposes 5 things that could happen:

 

The Potato Dispute: Should We Allow Starch in School Meals?

The Potato Dispute: Should We Allow Starch in School Meals?
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Added: May 4, 2012

It isn't a case of starch. The baking potato is the one food other than table sugar that causes a

 

Todmorden: A town where greenthumbs, not sticky fingers, prevail

Todmorden: A town where greenthumbs, not sticky fingers, prevail
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Added: May 4, 2012

Incredible Edible, an ambitious, agrarian-minded scheme that’s brought together an entire

 

Congress Delays Setting Nutrition Standards for Kids—Again

Congress Delays Setting Nutrition Standards for Kids—Again
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Added: May 4, 2012

Recall that the industry spent a reported $37 million to oppose the IWG recommendations.

 

Diabetes May Start in the Intestines, Research Suggests

Diabetes May Start in the Intestines, Research Suggests
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Added: May 4, 2012

"When people become resistant to insulin, as happens when they gain weight, FAS doesn't work

 

Diet Rich in Slowly Digested Carbs Reduces Markers of Inflammation in Overweight and Obese Adults

Diet Rich in Slowly Digested Carbs Reduces Markers of Inflammation in Overweight and Obese Adults

Added: May 4, 2012

"Glycemic load" refers to how the intake of carbohydrates, adjusted for total grams of

 

Occupy the Food System

Occupy the Food System

Added: May 4, 2012

It's not just in the financial sector, but in all facets of our lives. Are we about to do some

 

Looking Ahead: 2012 Food Politics

Looking Ahead: 2012 Food Politics
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Added: May 4, 2012

Happy news-- and not so happy news-- When we began looking at childhood obesity in 2007, we found

 

Screening Children for Cholesterol

Screening Children for Cholesterol
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Added: May 4, 2012

Dr. Stephen Daniels Chief of Pediatrics at Colorado Medical School discusses why he recommends

 

Boost for Health? Researchers Isolate Protein Linking Exercise to Health Benefits

Boost for Health? Researchers Isolate Protein Linking Exercise to Health Benefits
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Added: May 4, 2012

Keep riding that bike! There is something to exercise afterall. "There has been a feeling in the

 

To Cut The Risk Of A High-Fat Meal Add Spice

To Cut The Risk Of A High-Fat Meal Add Spice
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Added: May 4, 2012

Her study found that a spicy meal helps cut levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in the blood

 

Baby Knows Best: Baby-Led Weaning Promotes Healthy Food Preferences

Baby Knows Best: Baby-Led Weaning Promotes Healthy Food Preferences
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Added: May 4, 2012

Notice, this says baby-led. That means you, mom and dad. Get out of the

 

Teaching Fat Cells to Burn Calories: New Target Against Obesity Involves Brown Fat

Teaching Fat Cells to Burn Calories: New Target Against Obesity Involves Brown Fat

Added: May 4, 2012

There's brown fat? You thought there was just fat, right? Not so, say researches. They want to

 

Showing kids photos of vegetables may get them to eat a bit more

Showing kids photos of vegetables may get them to eat a bit more
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David

Added: May 4, 2012

One way you can get your child to consume more healthy foods is to have an image of healthy foods

 

I Spy Tostada

I Spy Tostada
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Added: Dec 30, 2013

How healthy is this tostada? Which ingredient has the most flavonoids in it?  What do flavonoids

 

Burpee, Baker Creek Heirlooms talk seed catalogs

Burpee, Baker Creek Heirlooms talk seed catalogs
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Added: May 4, 2012

In Burpee’s “new and exclusive” arsenal this year are the ‘Twice as Nice’ hybrid melon,

 

Food 2.0

Food 2.0
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Added: May 4, 2012

Food 2.0 is probably one of very few books on fast healthy cooking that is worth reading. Charles

 

Why We Get Fat

Why We Get Fat
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Added: May 4, 2012

Carbs got to go! While you read this, think of the efficient use of insulin as your bottom line.

 

Mindless Eating Book

Mindless Eating Book

Added: May 4, 2012

"...uncovers some of the “hidden persuaders” that cause us to overeat, and offers simple

 

Healthy Choices Teacher Contest Sponsor

Healthy Choices Teacher Contest Sponsor

Added: Mar 6, 2014

Sponsors for our Healthy Choices Teacher Contest 2014 cover a huge range of companies and

 

Healthy Living Initiative Posters

Healthy Living Initiative Posters

Added: Sep 4, 2012

There's evidence all over the place, at schools, hospitals, pediatric clinics, natural food stores,

 

Healthy Choices Flyers

Healthy Choices Flyers

Added: May 31, 2012

To read about our Teacher Contest go to:http://starchildscience.org/teacher-contest Get the word

 

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