Children Are Slower, Heavier and Worse Off Physically, Emotionally and Developmentally Than One Generation Before Them
Millions of children around the world cannot run as fast or as far as their parents were able to at their age. They cannot maintain their heart rates at high levels, recover from activity, have more illness and are slower, heavier with physical, developmental and emotional barriers that their parents never had.
The average child has consumed more sugar by the time they are 8 years old than the average adult did in their entire lifetime just a century ago.
Is it any wonder children are not as healthy as their parents and ancestors.
Take a look at the following statistics:
- 1 out of every 5 children has a learning disability - 1 in 7 children has asthma - 1 in 68 children
1 in 10 children have ADHD - Obesity rates in children have more than tripled in the last 30 years. - 30 fold increase in childhood diabetes in the last 15 years
On average, it takes children 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their counterparts did 30 years ago. Heart-related fitness has declined 5 percent per decade since 1975 for children ages 9 to 17.
Then I still have people who approach me on a daily basis with the delusional comment "but we're living much longer than we used to?" Are they kidding me? Regardless of life expectancy, people today are far less metabolically healthy than their parents. Even though life expectancy has risen for both men and women, this has come at an enormous cost in the quality of life of our elders, for they are suffering with more pain and greater disability than ever before in last 15 years of life. People globally are living longer but chronic debilitating conditions are becoming more prevalent.
Children today will suffer unimaginable health problems by the time they are only 40 years is the toxic assault on their bodies is curbed this decade.
Poor diet and inadequate physical activity are now a leading cause of death in the United States and together account for at least 1 million deaths annually. Obesity and overweight have reached epidemic proportions. It has hit our children particularly hard. Today there are three times as many overweight children and four times as many overweight adolescents as there were in 1980.
Half of all U.S. children born in 2020 will become diabetic unless many
more people start eating healthier and exercising more.
Hundreds of years from now, mankind may look back at today’s “modern medicine” and think: “How could they have been so primitive in ideology and so wrong? What lack of humanitarianism in government allowed the medical industries to kill people with economically driven false beliefs and ideas? Why didn’t government stop them? Who were the people in charge of protecting those citizens?
We invest billions of dollars into drugs and research, and the decline in health is epidemically on the rise every year, with the return on this investment being profoundly poor. More and more people do not have the energy they need to get through the day while millions of others are suffering with painful crippling diseases because they have violated basic health principles. Who is paying the price? Children are.
Negative health and lifestyle choices are massive contributors to the proliferation of chronic disease due mostly to a general lack of knowledge. There is a desperate need for people to start making wiser and more responsible health and lifestyle decisions for themselves and their families. If lawmakers were to hold the public accountable for their own health, and use preventive education as a weapon against the war on chronic disease, they would inevitably propel human health way beyond its current limitations.
Currently, our children and youth do not have the knowledge from neither their teachers, parents (at least a large percentage) or physicians to lay a solid foundation for future health and wellness. It's time to invest time as a parent, teacher or educator in dietary, physical activity, behavioural, socioeconomic and environmental approaches for the
prevention of childhood disease. Any procrastination or failure to
resolve these matters in the next decade will only lead to the further deterioration of human health and healthcare systems. Then again, that may be exactly what needs to happen to reverse this trend and
consequently promote a healthier aging population.
Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.