Save the Next Generation

Do you know?– in the United States, currently 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese.

Do you know?–childhood obesity is strongly correlated with adult obesity.

Do you know?–obesity in any age can affect your whole body functions, causing high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and other life threatening diseases.

Obesity, is a very simple but also some complex condition: it’s simple because body weight gain is a result of exceed food intake versus physical activities expenditure; it’s complex because there are some many factors involving in deciding these two domains, like income, education, etc.

Obesity is like a tsunami–it destroys a person by affecting its health, it destroys the well-being of a family and it also can destroy a nation. Obesity epidemic had already cost huge spend of health care, quality of lives of individuals. We don’t want the next generation walk through the same path, so we need to change.Family members are the key stakeholders–they should be aware and put their priority on the children’s health.

To help shaping a healthy, balance eating habit of a kid, a notion should be kept in mind–it is a shared responsibility, “the parent or caregiver is responsible for WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE; the child is responsible for HOW MUCH and even WHETHER” (Ellyn Satter, RD). To become a good parent, it is worth to learn what is healthy for kids and take the time to make what the kids love. Kids don’t know much about foods, but they mimic their parents on eating habits; you should also be a role model, don’t say and do in different ways;eat everything, picky eater only raises picky eater. Children’s appetites, like adults’, vary from day to day and meal to meal, so don’t think they should eat a certain amount every day. It’s also important to remember food is food, don’t use them as a reward and don’t bargain, bribe, lecture, shame or threaten on food, make it a happy, family-shared comfortable experience each meal.


Technology brought great fun to childhood via TV and digital games–but this makes kids less likely to move. If you want your child get moving, make rules about screen time and be a exercise leader. Research shown that family member involvement can greatly increase children’s interest and therefore the actual time of physical activity. Institute of Medicine recommend at less 60 mins of physicial activities each day for children–this 60 mins don’t need to be consecutive–you can let you kid do 20 mins in the morning, 10 at noon, 20 in the afternoon, and 10 at night. That means regarding to physical activities, every minute counts. Seize every chance you and your kid can be active.


Who Brought Us Cow Milk?

I have been thinking and googling for a couple of days on a couple of questions:

        Who was the first guy drank cow milk? When did that happen? What was the driven force?

The answer is: no one knows that so far! But whatever, I like to give my great honor to the cow milk discover man. He or she found an excellent, or to some point can’t be replaced, source of calcium and vitamin D for modern diet. There is no doubt that human civilization took place with dramatic changes of large discoveries, and with all the great changes human become more and more intelligent (to some extent we are over clear).

I have an imaginary scenario in my mind: before human began drinking cow milk, we depended on other foods (meat, veggies, grains), which can provide enough protein, fat, and sugar for our metabolic functions. Our ancestors might not get much vitamin D from the diet, but their bone were prone to be stronger–because they had a more active lifestyle with more sunlight exposure. Sunlight gave them the most vitamin D.

Well, some people have the idea that what their grandparent ate might be better than today’s common diet–since they can live healthily , we don’t need changes. Since human didn’t live with cow milk form the start, can our population live without cow milk now? Nope, unfortunately–since our life style had dramatic changes, we sit longer, we play less, we drive more, we walk less, we stay indoor more, we get less sunshine. Our bone and thus the whole body skeleton need the compensation from food.

Let’s drink the milk, exercise more, and go outside! Getting stronger bone helps you to enjoy your life–to be continue…

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