Ok, so fat is good, and low carb eating plans aren’t calorie or nutrient restricted, but they MIGHT still be unsafe, after all, they’re not a “balanced” diet. What’s the alternative? We tried the low fat, sensible calorie eating plans, combined with exercise, and my child was still obese. Being obese is clearly unsafe–it’s a predictor of all sorts of health problems. Developing those problems–diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. is only a matter of time if you stay obese.
On the low carb eating plan she’s dropping weight–20 pounds so far. She felt great even before she started to slim down–in less than a week she had much more energy and a better mood.
Most overweight children will become overweight adults. That is a clear and present danger. The supposed dangers of low carb eating plans are refuted in many reputable books, and by the stories of people who practice low carb eating and have experienced vastly improved health.
See, for instance, “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living,” by Jeff Volek, PhD, RD and Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD; “Good Calories, Bad Calories,” by Gary Taubes; and “Why We Get Fat and What to do About it,” also by Gary Taubes. Take a look at Jimmy Moore’s livinlavidalowcarb blog, and the many low carb sites to which he links.