Today’s much fatter kids will be the first generation since the Civil War to have a shorter life span than their parents. Too much sugar, too many simple carbohydrates that convert to sugar in your body and all of it stored as fat. We have become fat storing wonders.
And, we’re killing our kids. The article below is both powerful and enlightening:
As CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reports, this could be the first generation since the Civil War to have a shortened life expectancy.
To gauge the problem, a team of doctors and cardiologists from Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital set up a MASH unit of sorts in a middle school gym, where they run a battery of tests on 97 seemingly healthy children.
But the results reveal an alarming reality here: three out of every four children are either overweight or obese.
That means about seventy of the children are on a high-risk trajectory for coronary artery disease by their 30’s and 40’s.
Doctor Joshua Samuels treats kids with blood pressure levels of an unhealthy adult. Back at his clinic, 11-year-old Wesley Randall has dangerously high blood pressure, and is 60 pounds overweight.
“I just eat,” Wesley said, “to solve my problems.”
“A few years down the road these are the people who are going to be flooding into our hospitals and emergency rooms,” said Dr. Samuels.
Fifteen-year-old Emily Allen is trying to avoid just that. “What I look like now, she said, “it upsets me.”
The Hudson, Michigan teen was healthy at age five. But by age ten, she could no longer fit into kids clothing. She became obese.
“I just feel guilty,” she said, “that I couldn’t change earlier.”
On doctor’s orders, Emily joined a weight loss program called “m-power” at the University of Michigan. She’s already lost 26 pounds, thanks, in part, to support from other teens.
Other teens, like Amber Bell, who is in an even scarier life or death struggle. She’s shed 50 pounds, but still weighs nearly 400 lbs.
“What made you say, ‘I’m going to make a change here,'” Doane asked.
“I didn’t want my parents to feel like I was a failure and I wanted to have friends,” Amber replied.
190 Million Americans are Obese or Overweight. Childhood Obesity has Tripled in the last 30 Years
With a seemingly endless array of fast food restaurants and high-calorie meal options throughout the nation, Seth Doane finds out “Where America Stands” in the ongoing fight against obesity.
With one third of children in the U.S .are considered overweight or obese, exercise physiologist David Scott from Goryeb Children’s Hospital gave Debbye Turner Bell some tips to fight childhood obesity.
The evidence of an epidemic is everywhere.
Two-thirds, more than 190 million Americans are overweight or obese.
Obesity-related diseases are a $147 billion dollar medical burden every year.
Childhood obesity has tripled in the last thirty years.
Kelly Brownell studies obesity at Yale University, and says the government doesn’t help by subsidizing corn – an ingredient in virtually every sweetener. Corn farmers were paid $56 billion dollars over the last ten years by the federal government to grow their crop.
Produce farmers? Not a dime.
“If you go to McDonald’s today, you can buy a quarter-pounder with cheese meal that means the large drink and the large french fries – for less than it costs to buy a salad and a bottle of water,” Brownell said. “There’s something wrong with that picture.”
The Norman Rockwell picture of 1950’s America has certainly changed. Today, we consume more than 500 more calories a day – than a quarter century ago…