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Not too long ago, I was on the bus and I saw this mother literally shoving a tube of liquid candy down the throat of her overweight 4 year-old. It was unbelievable. As I sat and watched, I thought about how angry I was at the mother for poisoning her child with nutrition-less, sugar-loaded food. And for the child, I felt sorrow and sadness because she had no idea about what’s she was eating and no idea of the dangers associated with that kind of food.
When are the parents of this country going to wake up? When are they going to connect the dots and see the simple cause and effect relationship of the deleterious impact of the food they are feeding their children and the diseases that are following.
Why have parents forgotten about the fresh fruits and vegetables and opted for the snicker bars, ice creams, and sugar cookies to feed their children? We see it all the time; when a child cries out, we offer them a “treat” in an attempt to appease them. And what’s that “treat”? It’s a cookie or piece of candy most of the times.
The facts are overwhelming:
If anyone, even for a moment, thinks that the above observation is going overboard, please take a look at the facts garnered by various scientific studies over the years:
Childhood Obesity Running Out of Control
- 4% overweight 1982 | 16% overweight 1994
- 25% of all white children overweight 2001
- 33% African American and Hispanic children overweight 2001
- Hospital costs associated with childhood obesity rising from $35 Million (1979) to $127 Million (1999)
Childhood Metabolic and Heart Risks
- New study suggests one in four overweight children is already showing early signs of type II diabetes (impaired glucose intolerance)
- 60% already have one risk factor for heart disease
Surge in Childhood Diabetes
- Between 8% – 45% of newly diagnosed cases of childhood diabetes are type II, associated with obesity.
- Whereas 4% of Childhood diabetes was type II in 1990, that number has risen to approximately 20%
- Depending on the age group (Type II most frequent 10-19 group) and the racial/ethnic mix of group stated
- Of Children diagnosed with Type II diabetes, 85% are obese
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Stop Feeding ‘Garbage’ to Kids
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No wonder then that our nation is going through an obesity epidemic. No wonder why over half of our population is overweight. And no wonder why cardiovascular diseases kill a million people per year in America.
Sure, genetics do have an impact, but what we put in our bodies plays an even larger role. And our parents are doing a lousy, filthy, and rotten job when it comes to providing proper nutrition and health education to our children.
Think about all the trips to McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s; all the junk food that we throw into the shopping cart (rice crispies, sugar cookies, and ice pops). Think about all the Pepsi and Coke we pump into our children.
Do we HONESTLY think that this garbage is good for our children? If so, what world are you living in?
David Askaripour, a prominent blogger based in New York, writes on the subject of natural healing among other things. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Television Talk Shows, books and local news channels.