Healthy Children: Most Crucial Issue

If you guessed the most crucial issue is obesity you would be correct. It is an alarming problem and one that seems only to be getting worse. As a grandmother now, this breaks my heart.

Here are a few startling statistics:

Nearly 40% of American adults, and 20% of adolescents are obese.

A CDC report concluded that about 71% of Americans are either overweight or obese.

If nothing is done to address this now, more children will be obese than underweight by 2022.

The frightening and perhaps surprising thing is that even though many children are obese they are also malnourished! The same holds true for obese adults. Calories are not the same thing as nutrients! Not only does the excess weight cause a health problem in itself but these children are more vulnerable to getting sick because their immune systems are not strong enough to fight off infectious diseases because they are lacking in essential nutrients.

Overweight and obese children are also more likely to develop:

High blood pressure and high cholesterol

Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes

Asthma and sleep apnea

Joint problems

Fatty liver disease, gallstones, and GERD

These are just the physical effects, which are frightening enough but we can’t overlook emotional effects such as being bullied and made fun of, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

I understand many families are struggling financially but there are definitely ways to help your child or grandchild learn healthier habits and provide more nutritious meals without breaking the bank. We’ve all been there – at least I certainly was when my children were young, but even a few very simple changes like eliminating sodas and sugary juices and replacing them with water will make a profound improvement.

I offer more suggestions and tips in my e-books, Entrepreneurs for Eternity and Nutrition Boosting Strategies.

Here’s to helping the next generation overcome this obesity epidemic.

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I am a holistic health coach and independent nutritional consultant. All my coaching plans are based on my 3-D Living program and a big part of that are the Youngevity Products and Supplements I proudly offer! Visit my website at http://www.threedimensionalvitality.com and learn more about the products and my coaching plans!
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2 Responses to Healthy Children: Most Crucial Issue

  1. Holly Scherer says:

    So scary, Ann. And sad. This has changed dramatically since we were kids. I hope the trend doesn’t continue. So many simple solutions when we collectively say enough is enough.

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