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Archive for May, 2015

Today’s Children are Destined to Die Early (Part 2)

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Environmental issues can negatively affect the length of your children’s life.  Pollution, poverty, dysfunctional families, and lack of healthy habits such as exercise are some of the factors.  Pollution has been shown to increase the possibility of diseases such as asthma.  Poverty and the factors that come with this state can prevent many individuals to strive and grow physically, emotionally and mentally.  Dysfunctional families suppress an individuals care and stability in society.  Lack of exercise and spending hours on the computer is now known as a risk in life and aging.  Example: Did you know that if you do not exercise regularly you will lose 7 % muscle mass per 10 years.  While if you exercise you will lose only 2 % per 10 years.  Loss of muscle mass leads to atrophy.  And atrophy of the muscles leads to early aches and pains.  It leads to inability to function properly with our body early in life.  So how do we change this environmental factors for our children.  Some factors we cannot change  others we can.  It starts with the mother when the child is a fetus in the womb.  Studies show that the child’s development start with the care the mother takes while carrying the fetus.  The fetus will note certain food the mother ingests.  Foods with garlic or vanilla have been found to be especially noted by fetuses.  If the mothers ingests good amounts of vegetables and fruits the fetus will be predispose to accept these foods early in it’s life. Mothers that breast feed their infant give the child a better chance of eating healthy in contrast to those infants that are bottle feed.  How parents introduce foods is also important.  One study showed that toddlers and children may not like a food until it is introduced at least 16 times.  Another study showed that allowing children to eat until they are full, compared to making the child clean their plate leads to better, healthier eating habits and can possibly prevent obesity.  Sitting down together as a family without outside interference or distractions is VERY IMPORTANT in developing healthy eating habits and introducing social skills.  Today’s parents are both working and leaving the eating habits and social instruction to caregivers and teachers.  Who knows what eating habits, likes, and dislikes will emerge from these influences.  Worse than that, what ethics, social ideas, and morals will these caregivers leave with your children?