According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 5 school-aged children (aged 6-19) have obesity.
On a survey conducted by Zagat where they asked the surveyors how many times a week they go out to eat (not counting breakfast) the results ended up with a national average of 4.5 times per week.
This is alarming, especially when children’s menus are still a landmine. A study from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, published in March of 2017, examined the nutritional content of more than 4,000 kid’s menu items across the nation between 2012 and 2015. Unfortunately the conclusion shows that not much have changed, even after the so called “effort” to tackle the avalanching problem of childhood obesity, in terms of calories, salt and sugars. The good news? Soda options have declined. Bad news? sugary-flavored milks have stepped in to “fill the void”.
As a mother and a nutritionist, the best advice I can offer is to, obviously, start cooking more. Believe me it is NOT THAT HARD!. It might be “traumatic” at first (not really) but once you start seeing and feeling the benefits, not only on your jeans but in your bank account, you will see that is worth it.
We are facing one of the biggest dramas of all times… we are reducing the life expectancy of our children. We are stealing years of life from them by feeding them crap. Can we at least transition that to a “Home-made crap”?.
It is frustrating, sad, infuriating, to see the number in crescendo of chronic disease among our kids. Diabetes type 2; Pre-diabetes; heart-related conditions, etc.
We have never been this fat and this unhealthy, and we have never been more exposed to diets, pills, plans, frozen options, meals in a box; and, as if is not bad enough, in the verge of a very scary health care system situation. Can we even afford to be this sick?
#StartCooking #SorryNotSorry #WeAreKIllingOurKids #WeArePoisoningOurChildren