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With all of the advertisements, arguments, and debates going on it would be nearly impossible for any American not to know about childhood obesity and the many dangers associated with it. This is a US epidemic on the rise! Children just 9 and 10 years old are developing serious health issues like type 2 diabetes, respiratory illnesses and heart disease because of their poor eating habits and lack of exercise. With our always advancing technology it has become far too easy for children to just sit in one place for hours at a time and have something to entertain them, like computer, television and video games. Throw in the ever growing number of fast food restaurants found virtually everywhere, and you have yourself a perfect childhood obesity concoction. If you're still not convinced of how bad childhood obesity has gotten then let me enlighten you a bit with some interesting facts about childhood obesity.
Statistics about childhood obesity
- Obesity in children has increased 3x more than it was 30 years ago. In 1980 obesity in children, ages 6-11, was a mere 6.5% but by 2008 it increased to 19.6%.
- Today, about 25 million children are either overweight or obese
- Obesity is the second highest reason for preventable death in America
- 70% of obese children already have at least 1 risk factor of having heart disease
- 85% of all the children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were obese
- Children treated for obesity are about 3x more expensive for the health care system than children with normal weight
- Obese children are most likely to grow up as obese youth and as a result more prone to joint problems, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, poor self esteem, and several other health, social, and psychological problems
Now that you know the statistics, a few of you may be wondering what some of the causes of childhood obesity are. Well the causes of childhood obesity are not all that unpredictable. In actuality they are the most obvious causes you can think of, like unhealthy eating and lack of exercise.
The Food and Drug Administration is set to protect what Americans consume but are they helping or hurting when it comes to the Diabetes Drug Bydureon by Amylin?
This week, of October 18th, the FDA was expected to give final approval on Bydureon a drug by Amylin that helps Diabetes patients. Because the FDA hasn't approved the drug, more than 400 people have been waiting for the company to launch, are out of work. Another obvious problem with the wait is the fact that people who may want to use this drug to help them get healthier and live a better life.
Foods...What to eat and Not to eat
We as humans must eat to survive. We eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks throughout our 24 hour days 365 days a year. With all the food choices out there it can be hard to decipher what foods to eat and what foods to steer away from. Foods such as chicken, steak and fish are all items high in protein and have many benefits on the body, but although they are packed with a great amount of protein we must be careful how we cook these foods because frying and cooking them with fatty oils and high carb and sugar loaded marinades can make these edibles go from healthy to as unhealthy as a McDonalds cheeseburger in a flash. The Best way to cook foods such as these are on the grill, throwing some pepper and salt with non fattening dressings that you can find in the health food isle of your local grocery store will make sure you are serving yourself a meal that will benefit you in many different ways. Foods we should be sure to stay away from are things such as the obviously bad for you fast food chains. Places such as Burger King, Wendy's, Sonic and McDonalds all serve high fat, calorie, carb, sugar and trans fat items loaded with sodium and saturated fats as well. The quarter pounder with cheese hamburger from McDonalds contains 510 calories, 26 grams of fat, 1190 grams of sodium, 40 carbohydrates, and 9 grams of sugar. Foods like that are what add to the problem of obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol in the U.S and around the world. Making the right food conscious decisions and smart moves about what to eat and not to eat is key in maintaining healthy nutrition. Also don't forget that once and a while it is OK to indulge yourself in fatty foods just make sure you don't over do it.
How many people have a sweet tooth? I sure am one of them. Americans consume about 155 pounds of sugar each year. Well you can begin by thanking manufacturers who are quietly increasing the amount of sugar to our everyday foods.
One bowl of sweetened cereal for breakfast, one cup of fruit yogurt for a snack, and one scoop of sherbet for dessert. You've just consumed more than 20 teaspoons of sugar without opening the sugar jar.