Wasting our Children's Lives
Mourning the loss of a child . . . every parent's greatest fear. But as a society we have created an environment where, according to the CDC, the current generation of children will NOT outlive their parents!
The poor dietary habits of children being inflicted by their parents is contributing to their obesity, chronic illness, and ill-health. It is also laying a foundation for later life cancers, violent behavior, and premature death.
Our children deserve more from us. It is time to stand up as a society and take proper care of them! Let's not destroy their future with food - something that we can control. Better yet let's give them the best fighting chance for the brightest future.
Poor nutrition gravely impacts children's health throughout their lives. Junk food IS life-threatening!! Take a look at the numbers.
- The CDC estimates that 1/3 of children born in 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, and that children born in 2000 may not outlive their parents. Can you imagine the tragedy when a child dies in middle age from a food-induced disease.
- Overweight/obesity rates have doubled among children and tripled among adolescents in the past 20 years. These children also suffer the social stigmatization associated with being overweight.
- Obesity in children increases their risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, joint problems, sleep apnea, early puberty, and several cancers.
- Signs of atherosclerosis can be seen in early childhood(1-3)
- Most adult cancers are linked to poor childhood nutrition.
The effects of poor nutrition on the brain are dramatic too - new research links poor dietary habits to adult violence. The Cardiff University study involving 17,500 people found 10-year-olds who ate sweets daily were significantly more likely to have a violence conviction by age 34. The researchers found that 69% of the participants who were violent at the age of 34 had eaten sweets and chocolate nearly every day during childhood, compared to 42% who were non-violent.(4)
Parents negligence & ignorance can not be excused
When it comes to something so simple and basic that so greatly impacts the quality of a child's life, there is no excuse to be negligent. Just as a doctor takes an oath to "do no harm" with the course of treatment for his patients, so should parents have to take an oath "to do no harm" with the food choices they offer their children. Somehow we overlook that allowing our children to indulge in junk food creates an environment setting them up for childhood illnesses, later life cancers, and an overall poor quality life. We ignore the hazards of some of their food choices and, worse, actually condone behavior that is potentially very harmful to them - even life-threatening!
We are the parents, and we must take control of our children's health! Indeed, we are in full control of the meals that we provide and the examples that we set. The bottom line is that we can have a major impact on the future health of our children. With the holidays upon us and the pending deluge of sweets and treats - please arm yourself with this critical information about how to protect your children's health, both mind and body, by feeding them right and educating them about the power of food.
All of the science and the basic how-tos are addressed in my book, Disease Proof Your Child. This is my most important book, yet it is the one that generates the least interest.
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4. Moore SC, Carter LM, van Goozen S. Br J Psychiatry. 2009 Oct;195(4):366-7. Confectionery consumption in childhood and adult violence.