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Our Kids + More Gadgets = Big Health Concerns

 “Remember the days of playing outdoors until the street lights came on?” ~ Most Parents Today

The T.V. usually only lit up at nighttime, and of course there was your Saturday morning cartoons.

These days it’s hard to engage in a conversation with a child without having some sort of electronic device lighting up their innocent faces. Everywhere you go you will find people glued to their gadgets, they no longer live in the real world, they have become transfixed with the idea and feeling of always being connected to something or someone.

So how has this new era of technology affected our children? Well, playing outside has now become a chore, for many children at least.  In turn this means the amount of their physically activity has greatly diminished, and oddly enough a lot of parents are either oblivious to this or simply ok with it, after all, it keeps them out of their hair! What should also be strongly noted is the amount of children with diabetes is an astounding amount.

I had never even heard of diabetes as a child, in fact nut, wheat and dairy allergies were almost unheard of!

What Has Changed?

Our food has drastically changed over the years, there is no question about that.

Fast food has become almost a staple in many homes.  So we feed our children foods with high amounts of sugar, salt, preservatives and ingredients most of us can’t even read, foods with no nutrition value then we allow them to sit in front of a T.V.  screen playing videos games where they are blowing up bodies and killing people like it’s a normal thing to do. And we wonder why they have health issues and often times aggression or anxiety issues.

Society is passive-aggressively glamourizing an extremely unhealthy way of living.

Inside & Out!

We are stuffing our children with food full of toxins and allowing them to live unconnected to the real world. This relates to my recent article about the importance of Vitamin D. Children who lack the sufficient amount of this crucial vitamin are more likely to be sick with colds and flus and develop allergies and other health issues.

Our children need to be playing out in the sun, they need to breath in the oxygen from the trees, they need to feel free and alive! And us as parents are completely responsible for making this an important part of their daily lives, after all we created these lovely little beings.

Teach The Kids:

We are their role models, and we need to be good ones.

Teach your children about healthy food choices, explore new things with them and teach your children that the best connection they will ever have is their connection to Nature. Fun things to do, swimming, bike riding, fun random adventures, picnics, parks, walking on trails, playing basketball, the options are endless. Including yourself in these activities with your children will create a feeling of nostalgia and it can also decrease your own stress levels and tension. It will also strengthen the relationship with your child(ren) and allow for the windows of communication to open, clearly it’s a win/win situation! So take away those gadgets, at least for a little while and go enjoy the world with your children.

It’s much more exciting than Farmville and/or Angry Birds!

Some Food For Thought! (pun intended)

  • Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases among children and youth. In 2008/09, the CCDSS reported 3,287 new cases of diagnosed diabetes (including both type 1 and type 2) among Canadians aged one to 19 years, bringing the total number of cases in children and youth to 25,693 (representing a prevalence rate of 0.3%)
  • 25.8 million Americans have diabetes — 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of these, 7 million do not know they have the disease.
  • In 2010, about 1.9 million people ages 20 or older were diagnosed with diabetes.
  • The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has risen from 1.5 million in 1958 to 18.8 million in 2010, an increase of epidemic proportions.
  • It is estimated that 79 million adults aged 20 and older have prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Studies have shown that by losing weight and increasing physical activity people can prevent or delay prediabetes from progressing to diabetes.
  • According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011.
  • More than 80 percent of all children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes are overweight, and about 40 percent are clinically obese. Indeed, researchers suspect that increases in obesity among young people is driving the new epidemic.
  • Exercise makes your body’s muscle cells more sensitive to insulin, a sedentary lifestyle is a risk factor. If your child rarely plays outside or exercises, then, he or she may be at greater risk of the disease.

It should be our duty to ensure that children’s health and wellness is number one on our list of priorities.

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