A doctor is calling on GPs to prescribe a radical new diet for obese children.
Dr Sarah Brewer claims that, with 3 in 10 UK children aged 2 to 15 being overweight, radical action is needed by the NHS. She suggests doctors prescribe the cookie diet to kids who are in real danger of developing heart disease through severe overeating.
The diet asks users to eat 9 healthy cookies spread throughout the day, plus a 500 to 700 calorie evening meal in which they obtain their 5-a-day fruit and veg. Dr Brewer believes that such radical measures are needed to arrest the alarming slide into chronic obesity that some British kids are facing.
She says ‘The size of the UK’s childhood obesity crisis is staggering and it’s time for decisive action. Many different approaches have been tried but, so far, traditional approaches have failed to make an impact.
‘It’s time we tried a new approach and while extreme diets should be a last resort for our children, too many British kids are already facing up to a life of medical problems and misery.
‘If we can’t recreate the old days of healthy eating and children playing in the great outdoors more often, we have to take a 21st century approach to a 21st century problem. Let’s swap the unhealthy snacks kids are currently eating for a healthier version that helps them feel full yet comes in the reassuringly familiar shape of a cookie.
Numerous methods have been tried by the authorities to curb childhood obesity. Recent headlines have focussed on the fact that 74 children under 11 have been taken away from their parents by the authorities for being overweight while 183 youngsters in England, Scotland and Wales have tipped the scales at 16 stone or more in the last 3 years.
Parents have also turned to extreme measures to help their kids shed the pounds, including children as young as 15 having gastric band operations through the NHS.
Dr Brewer believes that every option should be considered before any child is removed from their family or faced with the knife. ‘Rather than putting children on the operating table, we should explore other weight loss options that have been shown to work in other countries.’
Dr Siegal’s Cookie Diet was developed in the US by Dr Sanford Siegal to help combat the bulging issue of expanding waistbands. This medically endorsed approach has since become popular throughout Hollywood, even making the hop down under to Australia where it is hugely popular.
The cookie diet’s high protein, low sugar cookies are designed to fill you up without taking away your ability to enjoy the kind of snack food we all love tucking into.
They contain a healthy blend of hunger-satiating amino acids derived from milk, egg white, oatmeal, rice and other grains. These are baked into a range of tasty Cookies which, when eaten little-and-often during the day, keep hunger at bay. Made using rapeseed oil, they also provide healthy monounsaturated and essential fatty acids.