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The importance of Weight and IgG testing
The Institute for Optimum Nutrition have appropriately placed their latest conference, Globesity, in July shortly after the National Childhood Obesity Week 1st - 7th of July. This conference with its excellent line up of speakers, including Dr John Briffa and psychologist Deanne Jade, will help to further highlight the topic of obesity. The focus will be a broader one looking at the global rise of obesity and with this the impact it is having on individuals both physically and psychologically.
The research is clear in linking childhood obesity to an increase in middle-age mortality and morbidity; also an increased risk of abnormal lipid profiles, elevated blood pressure and type II diabetes has been shown in obese children. Is this growing problem linked to a lack of nutritional understanding in chlidren? A recent study of 27,000 children raises such questions with 29% of primary pupils thinking that cheese came from plants and 34% that pasta came from animals.
One of the reasons why education is so important is that children themselves are not aware of their predicament. (The Health, Social Care and Lifestyle Survey (2011) found that the majority of children who thought they were overweight were infact obese and 30% of those who thought they were the right weight were overweight or obese. This is mirrored in their parents perception with almost 47% of obese children and 84% of overweight children seen as being the right weight. This highlights that for real changes to occur children’s parents or carers have to be involved in the education too.
Perhaps one of the least understood aspects of weight loss are food intolerances, yet there is growing evidence that there is a link between inflammation and weight gain or difficulty losing weight. This is further supported by research of obese children where inflamatory markers, like C- reactive protein, are found to be raised. Interestingly the same research showed a correlation between these inflammatory markers and a significant increase in anti-food IgG antibodies. Since these IgG antibodies are associated with low grade systemic inflammation, removing the culprit foods after testing may go someway towards reducing the inflammatory picture and as such may contribute to weight loss. While more research is required anecdotal evidence supports these findings and is something to consider when working with children and adults to support optimum weight and vitality.
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