Day 47: Family Health 1: Childhood Health
American Childhood Health Reality, Diabetes, Obesity, Overweight, School Food, Bogalusa Heart Study, Vending Machine Movie
Welcome to Day 47!
“U.S. children who are overweight or obese: 25%” (Troiano, R. et. al., “Overweight children and adolescents” Pediatrics 1998;101:497-504; Troiano, R., “Overweight Prevalence and Trends for Children and Adolescents,” Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 1995; 149:1085-91) [02.06.20:01]
“U.S. vegetarian children who are overweight or obese: 8%” (John Robbin’s estimate based on lengthy discussions with many physicians and dieticians familiar with the vegetarian and vegan community) [02.06.20:02]
“U.S. children who eat the recommended levels of fruits, vegetables, and grains: 1%” (Munoz, K, et al, “Food Intakes of U.S. Children and Adolescents Compared with Recommendations,” Pediatrics, Sept 1997, pg 323-29. See also, “Few Young People Eat Wisely, Study Shows,” Associated Press, New York Times, Sept 3, 1997, A-12) [02.06.20:03]
“U.S. vegan children who eat the recommended levels of fruits, vegetables, and grains: More than 50%”(John Robbin’s estimate based on lengthy discussions with many physicians and dieticians familiar with the vegetarian and vegan community) [02.06.20:04]
“Average I.Q. of U.S. children: 97” (“U.S. Children’s I.Q.s Sink,” Los Angeles Times, Feb 6. 1993) [02.06.20:05]
“Average I.Q. of vegetarian children: 116” (Dwyer. JT, et al, “Mental age and I.Q. of predominately vegetarian children,” Journal of the American Dietetic Association,” 1980;76:142-47) [02.06.20:06]
This is tough information today, and we appreciate you taking it on. Our kids are getting sicker. What we are seeing is the Pottenger’s Cats Study in action: unhealthy parents are often giving birth to children who are even more unhealthy. One out of three children born today will develop diabetes. This is not me talking, but the Centers for Disease Control:
In the downloads today, you can pick up this document from the CDC.
What are we feeding our children? We took this photo at a high school nearby. The sign should be changed to Wasteland View High School. By the way, we collect these photos, so if you find others anywhere in the world, please snap a shot and contact us on our Contact Page, and we will post them to broaden the awareness of this damaging trend.
Menus: Lawfully Prepared Weapons of Mass Destruction
We collected these menus for some time, and now offer them to you for illustrative purposes to support the topic of today. I don’t see anywhere near 92 minerals on any of these menus, and most of the fruits and vegetables that are even offered are canned. Is this what makes for a great nation? Check out DAY 72: Overweight/Obesity and Diabetes for more supporting evidence that we need a food upgrade.
The Bogalusa Heart Study
ACTUAL STUDY PROVING HEART DISEASE IN OUR CHILDREN AS A RESULT OF DIET. . . . Overweight children and adolescents have adverse levels of lipids, insulin, and blood pressure, and longitudinal changes in relative weight are associated with changes in these risk factors. Furthermore, various measures of adiposity among adolescents and young adults are associated with fatty streaks, raised lesions, and calcifications in the aorta and coronary arteries. Overweight children are also at increased risk for various chronic diseases in later life, and some evidence suggests that this association may exist independently of obesity status in adulthood.
Menarche Trends Worldwide
Young ladies around the world are having their first periods, or menarche, earlier and earlier and earlier. This has much to do with growth hormones and xenoestrogens in our food and environment. Early menarche is an early indicator for breast cancer in the future. For how to prevent that reality, see Day 31 on Breast Cancer. . . This graphic is from “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, which is one of the most, if not the most, medically referenced book on vegan nutrition and health ever written.
Not Just Physical Health, Mental Health Too
Case Study: Mrs. Barbara Reed, Probation Officer
The link between a tamasic-type diet and social violence has been supported by consistent research findings on teenage offenders. When teenagers’ diets were changed from their typical high white sugar, fast-food, tamasic-type diet, a marked decrease in the teens’ acting-out, violent behavior occurred. For example, Mrs. Barbara Reed, a probation officer in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, found that when she switched offenders from what was essentially a tamasic diet of fast foods, et cetera, to a diet higher in fruits and vegetables, every one of the 252 teenagers in her case load stayed out of court as long as they maintained themselves on a healthy diet.
Study: Juvenile Delinquent White Sugar Consumption
A two-year, scientifically precise study with 267 subjects by Steven Schoenthaler, Ph.D., published in the Journal of Biosocial Research, showed that while the average American eats approximately 125 pounds of white sugar per year, juvenile delinquents in custody averaged about 300 pounds per year. When this sugar intake was significantly reduced, junk food was reduced, and fruits and vegetables were increased, there was a 48% decrease in antisocial behavior of all types, including violent crimes, crimes against property, and runaways. This was true for all ages and races. This amazing result was achieved simply by changing the diet with no cost to the taxpayer.
All Jacked Up
The full-length, theatrical release docu-dram-edy All Jacked Up is a rallying cry for today’s teen generation to take notice of, and confront, the mess their parents’ generation has handed them.
The film tells the story of the daily struggles and rare triumphs of a handful of genuine teenagers and their addictions to junk food, fast food and the Game Boy playing, Big Gulp slurping way of life. Our story’s pace is supported through the use of teen-oriented music and material written by some of the hottest young comics.
All Jacked Up explores the state of health and well-being of our nation’s teens and discovers the reality about what typical teenage kids consume on a daily basis at home, school and play.
All Jacked Up portrays a society manipulated by greedy corporations, controlled media and corrupt politicians.
The motion picture exposes the corruption inherent in the public school system and how policy and legislation has been inept at driving change. This is told via an approach that a teen would find compelling. It also examines how corporate advertisers prey on teens and influence their food choices in and outside of school.
Scrutiny of the industrialization, toxicity, and commercialization of the food industry plays an important role in the film – a “slaughterhouse to the mouth” exposé of our nation’s food distribution system. All Jacked Upinvestigates the health and safety conditions of the food industry and how that food reaches the mouths of our unsuspecting and trusting children. It also examines the economic burden and social conditions of our culture, obsessed with food.
Unlike 2004’s Super Size Me, All Jacked Up targets kids and is seen from their perspective as well as their peers. In Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock goes on a 30-day odyssey consuming a McDiet of three fast food meals per day, not typical for the average American. Vending Machine focuses on an actual “day-in-the-life” of real kids, told by kids… for kids.
Thank you for receiving the information today! Please share it with parents and help our kids beyond the age of processed food!
A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests that limiting the use or availability of vending machines in schools is vital to stemming the United States’ soda-related obesity epidemic.
Parents, educators and anyone interested in how children in the US are affected by the media will want to watch “Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood.” The film traces the connection between the full-scale media immersion children are subject to and rising levels of childhood obesity, hypertension, ADD and other diseases.
The next time you get up early on a Saturday morning, turn on your television to any one of the major broadcast stations or child-oriented cable networks. In between Saturday morning cartoons, you’ll suddenly find yourself bombarded by commercials advertising fast food and sugary breakfast cereal and snacks — all targeted toward children. This is what the average child is exposed to while watching their favorite cartoons, while reading kids’ magazines and even while at school. Child-centric marketing has reached epidemic proportions worldwide and it’s making the world population become unhealthy consumers of caffeine and other drugs at an increasingly young age.
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have reported that omega-3 fatty acid is highly effective in treating children with ADD, ADHD and bipolar disorder. The study was reported in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology in February 2007. Results from this prospective, open study…
Overweight Children Show Increased Risk of Heart Attacks, Strokes By David Gutierrez
Epidemic obesity among children today will lead to a surge in the occurrence of premature heart attacks in strokes as those children age, according to two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
(NaturalNews) For the first time, the FDA has issued a warning that the mercury contained in silver dental fillings may pose neurological risks to children and pregnant women. “Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on…
Media, Films, & Documentaries
[Documentary DVD] All Jacked Up
How jacked up do our kids have to get before they notice what we’re doing to them? “ALL JACKED UP” is an angst-driven portrait of four teenagers who discover the truth about their obsessive, addictive, and emotion-fueled eating habits. All this brought on by their parents, schools, and our abusive food system that profits from them with no regard to their well-being.
Melissa, Raquel, Michael and Danny are typical teens with mainstream lifestyles and eating habits. With the help of a curious narrator, they discover what lies beneath their exploitation and how to confront it. Teen emotional and physical conditions are examined by noted experts as the film uncovers an apparent conspiracy that works against the health of an entire generation
The film’s characters are led on a journey of discovery – they are challenged to recognize their detrimental underlying issues. With the help of experts, and guidance from their peers, they are presented simple solutions to deal with their problems. The teens are challenged to come to grips with their harmful lifestyles and what their unhealthy future holds
In a climate where media attention is primarily on childhood obesity, Director, Jennifer Mattox looks at the bigger picture – a system that preys upon consumer innocence in the name of profit. The filmmakers make a direct connection between what teens eat and their behavior and emotions. This frank and witty look at what’s really going on inside the bodies, hearts and minds of the teen generation is a wake up call for them to stand up and demand change.