GRAND Magazine - March/April 2011 - (Page 43)

your grandkids’ health Fighting family obesity Grandparents wanted as role models BY ANATOLY BELILOVSKY, M.D. W Share this article with your friends. hen it comes to explaining excess weight, some people believe that obesity and other weight issues “run in the family.” In any family, there can be generations—from grandparents to children—of overweight family members. What is a problem for the grandparent and parent is frequently a problem for the child; however, simply referring to “genetics” is not an accurate explanation. When it comes to tackling family obesity, the first 42 GRAND MAR APR 2011 question most people have is “Does my family have a physical disease that is making us fat?” The answer is yes and no. Diseases that produce obesity do exist: hypothyroidism and Prader-Willi syndromes, for example. However, in pediatrics, these account for fewer than 5 percent of children who suffer from obesity. The rest have exogenous obesity— they simply consume too many calories. Consumption of too many

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - March/April 2011

Grand - Mar/Apr 2011
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand View
Grand Central
Tanner, a poem by Glenda Barrett
Cover Story: Envisioning Clean and Green
Fly, Ladies!
Take Charge of Your Health
Grand Products
Angels in St. Petersburg
The Power of Prevention
Grandparent Rights: Sneaking Around
Ask Next Stage Woman
Kinship Care
Fighting Family Obesity
Grand Finale
Toys ’N Tech
Find Fun Things To Do
Pot or Not?

GRAND Magazine - March/April 2011