The Health Stats Of Our Children
The unfortunate truth:
- 1 in 10 kids are being diagnosed with some sort of neurological disorder. (William Sears, M.D.)
- 18% of children 6 - 11 years of age are obese. (CDC) Obese adolescents often become obese adults, with increased risks for a wide variety of poor health outcomes, including diabetes, stroke, heart disease, arthritis, and certain cancers.
- 50% of Americans are overweight. 79 million people are considered pre-diabetic. Type 2 Diabetes, once only considered an adult disease, is now affecting our children. 15 years ago Type 2 Diabetes didn't exist in children.
- Diabetes now affects 1 in 400-500 kids. Approximately 15,000 children under the age of 20 in the US are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes each year. And about 4000 are newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes every year. (Aviva Romm, M.D.)
- 5% - 10% of children have ADHD. (Dr Miles) That's about 6.4 million children.
- 4 out of 100 children have food allergies. (CDC) Allergies have increased by 18% amongst kids under 18 from 1997 - 2007.
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) think it is important for pregnant woman to avoid certain chemicals and toxins during pregnancy, especially during the early stages when the fetus is most susceptible. ACOG
- 1 in 50 kids are being diagnosed with autism. (CDC)
- 1 in 3 children are now overweight or obese.
- Asthma is now the most chronic disease affecting American kids. It leads to 15 million days of missed school per year. (Aviva Romm, M.D.)
- It's now normal for kids to have 8 - 10 colds a year and up to 20 rounds of antibiotics by the time they are 18. (Aviva Romm, M.D.)
And the saddest part of all is that doctors have been warning us for years that:
- "The poor dietary habits of today's children are contributing to their obesity, chronic illness, and ill-health. It is also laying a foundation for poor academic performance, chronic disease later in life, violent behavior, and premature death." - Dr. Fuhrman's
- "Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents." - Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona