What Processed Food Is Doing To Kids And How We Can Change It
The following are some of the most common symptoms associated with childhood obesity:
1) Fatty Liver – Fatty liver disease (FAD) is a condition where your body doesn’t produce enough bile, which helps to break down fats in your blood.
When this happens, it causes fatty deposits to build up in your liver and can lead to other problems such as cirrhosis or even death.
2) High Blood Pressure – High blood pressure (hypertension) is a condition where your blood vessels become clogged with too much fat around them.
Hypertension increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems.
3) Type 2 Diabetes – Type 2 diabetes is a condition when your pancreas produces too many insulin producing cells called beta cells.
These cells don’t work properly and cause your blood sugar levels to rise high. If left unchecked, type 2 diabetes can lead to blindness, amputation of limbs or death.
4) Alzheimer’s Disease – Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a degenerative brain disorder that affects memory loss, thinking skills and behavior changes.
AD may result from several factors including genetics, environmental toxins or even exposure to certain drugs during pregnancy.
5) Asthma – Asthma is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe.
Its causes include allergens such as dust, pollen or pet dander; respiratory infection or cigarette smoke, among other causes. Asthma can be controlled through proper medications and self-management.
6) Sleep Apnea – Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes your breathing to stop during sleep.
It is usually a chronic condition that is caused by the soft tissue in your airway collapsing or shrinking, which blocks the airway.
Even though there are many more diseases and conditions that are caused by childhood obesity, these are some of the most common ones.
If you would like to read more about children’s weight problems, you can do so here.
It’s Not Just Childhood Obesity That’s The Problem
There Are Also Problems With The Food That Is Being Marketed To Children Themselves!
First of all, it is important to understand that children and adults are biologically very different from one another. While a certain food may not have any effect on you, it still may have an effect on your child. For instance, consider the following:
1) Your child’s digestive system is not as proficient as yours.
For this reason, it may take more time for them to digest certain foods.
2) Your child’s brain is still developing.
This means that the foods that you eat are going to have a direct impact on the way your child’s brain will develop. The wrong types of foods can lead to learning disabilities; while the right types of food can lead to a higher intelligence.
3) Children have a lower blood acid level than adults.
This means that certain types of food, such as spicy food, may have a greater impact on your child.
4) The more sugar and refined carbohydrates your child eats, the greater their desire for it will be.
For this reason, it is extremely important to limit your child’s consumption of junk food and sugary treats while they are growing up. Sooner or later, they may develop a sugar addiction that is very hard to break.
5) Your child’s taste buds are very different from yours.
The same foods that you find distasteful may be delicious to your child. This is why it is best to just let them eat what they like in moderation instead of following the “if little is good, more must be better” approach.
6) Children have weaker immune systems than adults.
Sources & references used in this article:
Is junk food really cheaper by M Bittman – The New York Times, 2011 – mochamoment.com
The extraordinary science of addictive junk food by S Palmer – 2015 – Orion
The Context and Process of Organizational transformation‐Cadbury limited in its Sector by T Wagner – 2014 – books.google.com
Impact of maternal education about complementary feeding and provision of complementary foods on child growth in developing countries by M Moss – New York, 2013 – books.google.com