This website was created because the best place to curb the obesity epidemic that is afflicting Western societies is to start with our children. I believe that all parents want their kids to eat a healthy, balanced diet. But often we don’t know what’s a good choice, or we don’t have the time to spend hours in the kitchen. In the meantime our children are suffering the detrimental effects of eating a diet high in fats, sugar, salts and processed ingredients. Being a physiologist by training, I believe that kids eating habits are currently unsustainable to their bodies.
I earned my Master of Science in Physiology from the University of Arizona in 2007. Since that time I have continued on as a Research Specialist at the lab in which I did my Masters. During these last few years I have studied how obesity affects many systems, and in particular the development of diabetes. In that time I learned that the increased prevalence of this disease can be attributed to our poor diets and lack of physical activity.
I also teach Biology at the local Community College where I have numerous students balancing work, school and children all in the name of a higher paying job so that they can do better for their kids. These students are trying to do right by their kids for economic reasons. I believe that all of us, no matter where we are in our lives, can do better by our kids. So let’s start with helping them stay healthy by giving them a nutritious and delicious diet. It’s basic and yet as necessary for their futures as your paycheck.
The best way to avoid developing debilitating diseases such as diabetes is to prevent it. To combat obesity is to keep it from developing by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Yet we all know from experience that is not something we can change in ourselves overnight; it takes years of discipline and education. But if you start early with your children, you get their foot in the door for lifelong health. You can give them the gift of longevity without the pain of preventable illnesses associated with obesity. And trust me, not only will they be healthy, they’ll also be happy.