My heart is breaking as I sit in front of my computer screen scrolling through the lives of my friends.
I love social media, but sometimes it just fuels my fire. Recently, I have been seeing pictures of kids (under age 3) enjoying a local coffee. Sure it may be cute, and funny at the moment, but it really makes me want to scream!
Why are we not making better choices for our children?!
In this day and age of fast, and now, do we not realize the habits that we form in the early years lead to the creation of disease in our bodies in later years. Obesity is an epidemic in this country, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and countless other autoimmune diseases that could possibly be prevented if we started making better choices!
Here are some statistics from 2013 published by the American Heart and Stroke Associations that will take your breath away. (To see the entire fact sheet: http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_319577.pdf_
Fruit – Average consumption was low and decreased with age. The proportion meeting guidelines of ≥ 2 cups per day was also low and decreased with age: about 8% in those 5 to 9 years of age, 7% to 8% in those 10 to 14 years of age, and 4% in those 15 to 19 years of age.
Vegetables – Average consumption was low, ranging from 0.9 to 1.1 servings per day, with <2% of children in different age and sex subgroups meeting guidelines of ≥ 2.5 cups per day.
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages – Average consumption was higher in boys than in girls and was about 8 servings per can. Could the sugary drinks we are feeding our kids really be hurting them? Is there an alternative? Only between 17% (boys 15–19 years of age) and 42% (boys and girls 5–9 years of age) of children consumed <4.5 servings per week.
DIABETES:Approximately 186,000 people under 20years of age have diabetes. Each year, about 15,000 people <20 years of age are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Healthcare providers are finding more and more children with type 2 diabetes, a disease usually diagnosed in adults ≥ 40 years of age. Among youths with type 2 DM, 10.4% are overweight and 79.4% are obese.
OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY: 23.9 million children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese; 33.0% of boys and 30.4% of girls. Of these children, 12.7 million are obese; 18.6% of boys and 15.0% of girls.
HIGH BLOOD CHOLESTEROL: Approximately 7.8% of adolescents 12 to 19 years of age have total cholesterol levels ≥200 mg/dL.
OUT OF HOSPITAL CARDIAC ARREST:Most sudden deaths in athletes were attributable to CVD (56%). Of the cardiovascular deaths that occurred, 29% occurred in blacks, 54% in high school students, and 82% with physical exertion during competition/training, and only 11% occurred in females, although this proportion has increased over time.
P R E T T Y S H O C K I N G?
Do your kids get enough? How about you?
The government recommendations can be found at choosemyplate.gov. Personally, I don’t believe that this is enough.
Did you know that there are classes that you can take to help you understand how to give your kids the nutrition that they need to grow into healthy adults? Ask me about my classes.
S T A R T L E A R N I N G…
S T A R T M A K I N G C H O I C E S……
F O R O U R F U T U R E !
Recently there has been a controversial video floating around the interwebs called “Rewind the Future: it depicts the life of a man having a heart attack. This is brilliant in showing how the choices made in life led up to that place in his life. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a link. http://youtu.be/xUmp67YDlHY Rewind the Future
Please understand my passion comes from seeing disease in my own life, in my own family. I am a see-er, I observe, I notice. I want to make a difference. My desire is to educate people that there is a different way, that there are options available, and that it is not too late to make a change in your daily life to make a difference in your health and the health of your children.