Our children’s cholesterols are improving but they are still struggling with obesity.
The health of our children is one of the most important things to us as parents. However, we are letting our children become overweight and already struggle with high cholesterol at a very young age. People might be getting excited because the cholesterol levels of our children have improved, but only half of the kids in the study had decent readings. Overall, 7% of kids had high cholesterol in surveys from 2009 to 2016. That was down from 10% a decade earlier. In children, high levels mean 200 or above and ideal measures are below 170. The results were officially published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Any improvement is good and it is important to celebrate the improvement in numbers, even though it is not anywhere near perfect. Researchers believe that the improvement is due to the increasing push to reduce the number of snacks that children are eating and to watch out for trans fat. The amount of obese and overweight children has not improved though. In the research, “about 1 in 4 teens and 1 in 5 younger children had unhealthy levels of at least one type of blood fat, including cholesterol and triglycerides.” That is very unnerving and parents should start being more conscientious about the foods that their children are consuming. Proper nutrition starts at home.
High cholesterol is extremely dangerous for children. Having high cholesterol gives children an increased chance to suffer from heart issues and have a higher chance of having a heart attack or other issues in young adulthood. In almost all cases, children can lower their cholesterol by adopting new eating habits. However, they won’t be able to do this without the support of their parents. If their parents are eating junk then that is what they are feeding their kids. Overweight and obese parents are likely to have overweight and obese children. Parents should make the choice to adopt healthier habits to allow their kids to have healthier futures. In 2015-16, 21% of teens, 18% of children aged 6-11, and 40% of adults were obese, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Let’s start making a difference. Stop feeding your kids crap! You are setting them up for major health concerns as they get older! We need to start making healthy meals and encouraging our kids to work out. Let’s make health a priority.