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Parents living longer then their Kids?

by Kim Risley on June 12, 2010

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I can’t believe I’m hearing this,  but it seems to be the way things are going.  Our kids may not live as long as their parents.

Why?

I used to see parents stick junk food into their children’s mouths just to keep them quite. This was when I worked in the Emergency Room as an EMT for 5 years.  Once, I did see a child come in who had a CARROT in his hand.  I was SUPRISED by that.  It was certainly not the norm.

Our kids are eating more and more processed foods and junk food.  I can’t say that I didn’t have my fair share of candy while growing up, but it wasn’t everyday.  Plus I did get REAL FOOD at home.  I had vegetables and protein on a daily basis.  Was it organic? No.  But it was not processed.  My parents never had cheap food.  Of course I was very lucky that my parents could afford to feed my sister and I well.  We rarely had candy or junk food of any kind.  It was only once and a while that we would have ice cream or chips.

Now it seems too many kids are getting more and more junk food.  With processed foods being so much easier to get these days and, of course, cheaper it is understandable that parents on a tight budgets, both in time and money, don’t have the wherewithall to prepare a “sit -down” meal consisting of nutritious food. So many go the cheapest and easiest route. These folks are also being told that it is okay. That the fast food French fries are nutritious. The potato chips and yum yums are okay.

Our grand-kids & children are getting unhealthier every day.   Here is some data on diabetes and obesity of children.

The rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes among children in the U.S. is rapidly rising. Many children with Type 2 diabetes don’t even know they have the disease.

  • Type 1 (also called juvenile diabetes).
  • Type 2 (also called adult-onset diabetes).
  • In Type 1 diabetes, the cells of the pancreas that make insulin are destroyed. Often, the body’s immune system destroys these cells, sort of like friendly fire. Without insulin, blood sugar rises and complications occur. Lifelong insulin treatment is required.

    In Type 2 diabetes, organs and tissues are resistant to insulin; that is, more insulin is needed to have the same effect. When the insulin-making cells can no longer keep up with the extra insulin needed, blood sugar becomes high and diabetes occurs.

    Obesity and diabetes are taking their toll on our children.

    From 1963 to 1970, about 4.5 percent of children were overweight. From 1999 to 2002, the number had increased to 16 percent, and continues to rise.

    In 1985, experts estimated that about 1 to 2 percent of children with diabetes had Type 2. By 1995, the number stood at about 17 percent. More recently, in some areas of the country, 30 to 40 percent of children with diabetes now have Type 2.

    This data is not even the most current. I’m sure it’s even higher now as the trend is continuing.

    Part of the problem rests in the food system. Schools are now encouraging the junk food (for profit) outlets selling fries and cokes. It is as though their good sense has been taken over by business peddling cheap foods as a way to handle budget issues. But, in the long run, nothing is saved. The kids perform worse, are less healthy and truly will cost our economy much more in the long run in lack of production and in constant medical intervention for diseases that need not be.

    This can be avoided but it involves making some changes.  One idea is to get all the soda machines out of schools. If parents would start making “real” meals  & get kids off the junk foods they are eating we would likely reverse this trend! And make those meals with less carbohydrates and less highly processed foods and ingredients.  Oh, and don’t forget a little more “play” time out side!  Children don’t need to go on a exercise regime.  But they do need to get out and do a little activity.

    These kids are our future.  We can do something about this now.  If we do a few simple things are kids can have a healthy happy life.

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