Health Tip Of The Week...
The Dangers of Genetically Modified Food
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine warns the public to avoid genetically modified (GM) foods, saying that there's a causative relationship between GM foods and adverse health effects. Many studies have implicated GM foods in health problems, including accelerated aging, immune dysfunction, insulin disorders, organ damage and reproductive disruption.
Rising Rates of Chronic Health Problems in Kids
The results of a study, just published in the February, 2010 issue of JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), show an alarming trend…
"Chronic health conditions in American kids have increased dramatically in recent years -- rising from 12.8 percent in 1994 to 26.6 percent in 2006."
The results showed that the prevalence of chronic conditions, including obesity, increased over the period of the study.
The Bottom line: as the years pass, more and more American kids appear to have chronic health problems when compared to similar youngsters in previous years.
The increasing rate of obesity among children and teens is fueled by lifestyle factors that include but are not limited to junk food and lack of exercise.
An accompanying editorial in the same issue of JAMA found that as the obesity epidemic has developed, the prevalence of other chronic health conditions is also increasing among U.S. children.
There is an urgent need to better understand why this is the case and what can be done about it. The editorial stated, "Addressing the increasing incidence and prevalence of chronic conditions in children will ultimately require major reforms in the child health system. The child health system needs to do a better job preventing childhood chronic illness. The possibilities for such changes are substantial, as are the implications of not acting."
The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…
It should be clear…the further we get from a natural environment and natural foods that are unaltered either in their cultivation or preparation, the more problems we create for kids today and for future generations. The further we get from a healthy lifestyle that includes both proper nutrition and proper and adequate amounts of exercise, the greater the potential negative effect on their health. When we start promoting healthly lifestyle habits, we will get healthier kids.
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