How about protecting them from their top killers?
Asked yesterday about the horribly sickening story this past week at Penn State, President Obama said that hopefully it would help people get their priorities in order; particularly as it relates our number one responsibility in life -- that of protecting our children. This message has been repeated thousands of time in the media in the past few days. Namely that the sad situation at State College, PA is not about football; it's all about doing the right thing for our children.
What about protecting them from disease? A few thoughts come to mind. It's fairly safe to say that all parents want to protect their children from sexual predators. Further, they want to protect them from all bodily harm and that includes harm that results from disease. We know that parents everywhere truly want to do the right thing, but the health of our children is getting worse every year.
Just this week, there was news about about new medical recommendations to begin cholesterol screening for all children between 9 and 11. From the guidelines written by the NHLBI and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the "the screening should then be repeated at 17 and 21 years of age." (reported by Forbes; link to article below.). The article continued:
"Previous targeted screening missed more than 50 percent of children with high cholesterol,” McBride told ABC News. “Atherosclerosis begins very early in life, even in infancy for children with genetic cholesterol problems. So increased screening is a necessary step.”
Yes, atherosclerosis does begin very early in life, and it's not just because of genetics. It's much more than likely driven by the extremely high cholesterol diet that Americans everywhere are feeding their children. And because of that same toxic diet, type 2 diabetes is also beginning much earlier in life. And adults are making sick jokes about it. Seth Myers on SNL (11-12-11) mentioned that Burger King was now giving away free crowns for the kids, joking that they could now be the "King or Queen of Diabetes."
Sick humor to be sure, but clearly indicative of the fact that everyone really knows what is causing the majority of health problems for our kids.
They know it's the food, but reminiscent of the behavior of the Catholic Church and Penn State, millions of parents and institutions are pretending that the problem doesn't exist. Or that there would be too many problems if they tried to fix it. And millions of kids are suffering as a result.
They're becoming obese & developing type 2 diabetes in record numbers, testing for high cholesterol, reaching puberty way too early, and laying the foundation for all kinds of cancer later in their lives. The innocent children are paying the price of our greedy, profit-driven "system" that controls our food supply AND the information that we hear about food. Continue reading this article; complete with video...
—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com