Is High Cholesterol Killing Your Child?

HealthDay News reports that a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests 20 percent of US children and teens “have abnormal lipid levels, an indication of too much bad cholesterol, too little good cholesterol or high triglycerides,” which can “raise the risk for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.”

“Forty-three percent of obese youth are eligible for therapeutic lifestyle counseling, and 22 percent of overweight youth were also eligible,” says Ashleigh May, an epidemic intelligence service officer with the CDC who authored the report. The story says that “doctors need to be aware of lipid screening guidelines and treatments, especially for obese and overweight youth … because abnormal lipid levels can lead to heart disease down the road.

“Therapeutic lifestyle counseling?”  Kids may benefit from this, especially if it is coupled with EDUCATION on nutrition.  Nutrition should be mandatory in school, as should P.E. (physical education)  If this became law, within a generation we would take a huge bite out of the obesity epidemic, and with it, our national healthcare problem.  (Ever wonder if there is a correlation with the rising cost of healthcare and the increase in diseases with obesity at the root?  Obesity now affects over 30% of the population, and another 30% are considered overweght.)

But you can’t just point your finger at the schools– it has to start at HOME!  How about their parents show a little responsibility and create an environment in which their kids eat less and move more? How about those parents lead by example by eating right at home? And finally, what if those same parents lobby their school systems to stop serving our kids fattening slop in the lunchroom and make physical education classes mandatory?

If your child is overweight, start improving their nutrition today. Oftentimes, kids have too much fat, sugar and calories in their diet. I feed my three boys a bowl of oatmeal and a glass of Lean Body Ready-to-Drink Shake every morning. (Lean Body is sugar-free.)  That gets them off to a great nutritional start.  We normally pack their lunches so that we can control what they eat during the day. Dinner is cooked and eaten at home. For more nutrition ideas, check out our helpful articles in the Labrada article archives.

Yours in Health,

Lee

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