Are America’s Kids Healthy? Let’s See!
April 11, 2017
It’s a terrifying assumption, isn’t it—the idea that your kids, well before hitting the age of adulthood, are unhealthy. Well, sadly, the unquestionable truth is that there are some cases proving that the youth health in America is (sort of) in a dubious state. Luckily, there are certain things you can do to make sure your child isn’t just another unfortunate statistic, and that they remain healthy, safe, and cute as a button.
Step 1: Read this blog post!
And hey, you’re already doing that. Nicely done!
Okay, now some facts.
First, let’s hear some good news
According to the CDC, 83.8% of America’s children ages 5-11 are in either “excellent or very good” health, with 87.6% of children ages 0-4 years falling under the same category.
Additionally, only 17.4% of children 6-11 are considered to be obese.
So, while you may be in a constant state of hysteria wondering if what you’re doing for your child is right, healthy, and beneficial, the statistics show that you can probably calm down a bit.
Okay, now it’s truth-tellin’ time. Please, try to relax.
About that childhood obesity stat
There’s no need to freak out, but that 17%, while it is a pretty low number, equals to over 8 million children (!!).
Hold up. Relax. Really.
What can you do to prevent being an indicator? Simple: promote a healthy lifestyle in your child’s life. We’re talking educating both yourself and them on the benefits of having good health, providing a healthy foundation of snacks, and most importantly, physical activity.
Now let’s take a look at sugar
A recent study appearing on CNN shows that, between 2011 and 2014, “almost two-thirds of children in the United States consumed at least one sugary beverage on any given day.” The study further suggests that “roughly 30%” have more than one, also thus closer managing to link the consumption of sugary drinks amongst America’s youth to that of weight gain, dental issues, and even juvenile diabetes.
So, in short, limit their sugar intake. Seriously.
If you have access to television, the Internet, a cellphone, Facebook, Twitter, podcasts, a conversation with a hipster, or just about any other media medium there is out there, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the organic food movement, which appears to be stemmed from a heavy amount of pesticides found in “typical” foods.
Per a study from the Harvard School of Public Health, organic foods are “produced virtually without pesticides,” and are a safer option (albeit more expensive) if you’re looking for that healthy route. And honestly, why shouldn’t you be? These are you’re kids we’re talking about here!
But organic food is SOOO expensive!
We know, we know. But get this: the average American spends roughly $1,200 a year on fast food and consumes it “twice a week, spending, on average, $12.50 per meal.”
OH MY GOD, PEOPLE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT!?!?
Sorry, folks… even we couldn’t believe that statistic.
Anyway, moving on. That average American – you know, the one spending $1,200 a year on McDonald’s, Burger King, and the like – eats fast food roughly three times per week. And, brace yourselves, 7% eat it EVERY! SINGLE!! DAY!!!
So, okay, you don’t like the organic food movement because it’s expensive. We understand. But come on, you’re much better off. Because, well… you are.
Is there any hope??
YES. And it’s all laid out above, but we’ll gladly say it again: promote a healthy lifestyle in your child’s life. We’re talking educating both yourself and them on the benefits of having good health, providing a healthy foundation of snacks, and most importantly, physical activity.
So, tell us, is your child a statistic or an outlier?
At First Spoons™, we pride ourselves on knowing that nothing is more important to parents than their children. Which is why we are constantly striving to see for certain that your little ones are outliers, and not statistics in the ever-looming fight for childhood health. We inspire to make a difference, to create solutions to problems rather than merely identifying the issues—all to maintain that those little tots continue to be as healthy as possible.