Monday, July 16, 2012

Are Your Kids Getting Fatter?

     According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion adults are overweight with 300 million of them being obese.  People have been getting fatter and fatter every year for the past 25 years and this increase is not limited to adults.

    The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980. Among children and teens aged 6-19 years, 16 percent (over 9 million young people) are considered overweight.  Being overweight increases the risk for diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary heart disease, stroke, and certain forms of cancer.  Type 2 diabetes also sets children up for shortened life spans and more health problems in their later years.

      The main culprits in the alarmingly fast growth of child obesity are without a doubt, fast foods.  Fast foods are loaded with what has become the new primary food groups - salt, fat, and sugar.  Too much of any 'one' of these ingredients can lead to problems, but with all three you're begging for trouble. 

You should also be wary of so called 'health foods' as foods advertised as 'low-fat' often compensate with ‘high sugar’ while foods low in sugar may be high in salt.  So what can you do?  Watch more closely what you and your children eat by choosing meals with more vegetables and unprocessed meats when you‘re at a restaurant and the grocery store.

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