Super Size Me – Child Obesity Epidemic
In the inaugural issue of a health magazine, which is dedicated to consumers with education supporting safe and healthy living; one article title grabbed my attention: Obesity Epidemic Confronting Our Youth.
While I agree child obesity is epidemic, the article title implies that obesity is a sinister monster lurking in the grocery store or the home environment diabolically grabbing innocent children; wrestling them to the ground and forcing junk food down their throats. Obesity is a family lifestyle – nothing more; nothing less. Children eat what their parents buy.
The author, who has a B.S. degree in Cellular Biology, opines that “Perhaps the greatest injustice with regard to our health is obesity afflicting innocent and vulnerable children across North America.” This statement reinforces the article title that a sinister monster is lurking in the grocery store or the home environment diabolically grabbing innocent children and forcing them to eat junk food.
The truth is there is a sinister monster lurking in the home environment diabolically indoctrinating children and adults vis-a-vis TV commercials of junk food that is touted to be healthy because chemically manufactured Vitamins have been added to the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) that once contained natural Vitamins.
Nearly one in three children is overweight or obese. In 2009 the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) estimated that nearly 17% of children and adolescents aged 2 – 19 years are obese. According to the Childhood Obesity Foundation in Canada, over 26% of children are considered overweight or obese.
A high number of children have developed obesity-related chronic dysfunctions that are prevalent among adults. These chronic dysfunctions include, but are not limited to: Type II diabetes, poor glucose and insulin metabolism, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart disease, inflammation, sleep apnea, asthma, allergies, orthopedic complications and negative psychosocial Effects and Stigma.
A University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Children’s Mercy Hospital study showed that obese children between the ages of 6 to 19 (average age 13) had arterial wall thickness (plaque buildup) normally seen in adults thirty years older.
Child obesity has gone from 5.5% to 16.9%, statistics in several areas of the country show that Type II diabetes has increased from 4% to 16%. The majority of children developed diabetes between the ages of 10 and 14. That is an increase of 300% and 400%.
If these alarming numbers do not cause parents to make changes in what food they buy for the family; one has to wonder why the blatant indifference to theirs’ and their children’s health.
It is my intention to not only raise awareness to this diabolical disregard for humanity’s health, but also to provide clarification of the cause and offer the common sense solution. Buy all organic food, no GMO food, no processed food with GMO ingredients. There is no such thing as ‘healthy’ GMO or fast food – McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, and the list goes on.
Thomas Edison had it right when he said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest people in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
What transpired between Edison’s time and now? What transpired is the post WWII enterprising corporate greed to produce everything faster, bigger and easier. Americans bought into it as the answer to less work, bigger and easier in their own quest to aggrandize themselves – taking no heed to the negative effects.
Reference documentary: ‘Super Size Me,’ ‘Food Inc.’ ‘The Future Of ;’ ‘Genetically Modified Food: Panacea or Poison;’ ‘Seed of ;’ ‘Unnatural Selection;’ ‘Natural ‘