FOOD for THOUGHT: Worried About Losing Your Children Prematurely?

75% of children are at risk! Teach them well & instill in them good habits for when you can't be there to hold them tight & take care of them yourself.

(Dietary changes should be discussed with a health care provider.)


75% of American children 5 to 10 years of age ALREADY HAVE SIGNS of HEART DISEASE!  They are the first generation predicted to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.  An active lifestyle alone will not save them and neither will a “healthy” American diet.


This statistic was obtained through a study of autopsies on children in accidental death cases.  A similar autopsy study of young military personnel reinforced that seemingly healthy on the outside does not necessarily translate to healthy on the inside.


Assuming the world does not end today, check back in the new year for support keeping those get-healthy through & through resolutions.  We’ll start off January FIGHTING hard against CANCER.  In February we’ll look at the recipe to literally CURE HEART DISEASE for the young & old alike.


CHALLENGE #18 of 50:


Before the year is out, try eating something you’ve never tried before (get a kid to try it too).  It’s good practice for everyone and more fun with family & friends & fancy holiday presentation.


QUOTE of the WEEK:


Old age is like everything else.  To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.

Theodore Roosevelt


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Mike December 22, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Source for this statistic? "75% of American children 5 to 10 years of age ALREADY HAVE SIGNS of HEART DISEASE!" I work in public health and can't find a corroborating source for that number.
Anastasia O'Malley December 29, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I will re-borrow the book that I recently saw this in after the holidays to double check the source. Don't quote me on this yet, but I believe it was from a spin off study of the Bogalusa Heart Study.
Anastasia O'Malley January 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM
The exact footnote that accompanied that statistic is, "Berenson GS, Wattigney WA, Bao W, Srinivasan SR, Radhakrishnamurthy B. Rational to study the early natural history of heart disease: the Bogalusa Heart Study. "Am J Med Sci." 1995; 310(Suppl):S22-28." I could only easily find the abstract of the study. Neither NIH, the US Library of Medicine nor the Heart Lung and Blood Institute have public access to the procedure and results. You can buy a copy from "The American Journal of the Medical Sciences". I'll replace "75% of American children 5-10 years of age" with "at least 30% of American children 4-17 years of age" (which is conservative). Either way it is a sad statistic as no child should be developing heart disease -- indeed most adults need never suffer from it either.


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