Most of us know that sugar can wreak havoc on adult bodies, but few realize how uniquely harmful it is to the growing livers, hearts, and brains of children. And the damage can begin early in life.
In his research on the effects of sugar on the present and future health of children, USC Professor of Pediatrics and Program Director for Diabetes and Obesity at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Michael Goran has found that too much sugar doesn’t just cause childhood obesity, it can also cause health issues in kids who are not overweight. These diseases include fatty liver disease, prediabetes, and elevated risk for eventual heart disease. And, it is a likely culprit in the behavioral, emotional, and learning problems that many children struggle with every day.
In a groundbreaking study, Goran’s team conducted a detailed analysis of the sugary products that kids love and found that they often had more than advertised and also contained different types of sugar than were being disclosed. Today’s children are not just consuming more sugar than ever, but they are also consuming sugars that are particularly harmful to them–and their parents don’t even know it.
In this session, based on his book, Sugarproof, Dr. Goran teaches parents to raise informed and empowered kids who can set their own healthy limits without feeling restricted. In busting myths about the various types of sweeteners, Dr. Goran helps families identify sneaky sources of sugar in their diets, and suggests realistic, family-based solutions to reduce sugar consumption and therefore protect kids.
Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar That Are Putting Your Child’s Health at Risk and What You Can Do is available for purchase online or at Brookline Booksmith.
Note: This is an online lecture from 7:00-8:00pm. $15 registration fee. No tuition discounts allowed.