Now more than ever young teens are being diagnosed with pre-hypertensive conditions and some actually have to take prescription medication to block the onset of a full hypertensive state. And it is not always that the teen is obese but in fact it may be because of the diet being consumed.
As everyone knows, these days spicy has become a fad way to eat and that is not limited to the main meals. It is absolutely amazingly ridiculous that hot and spicy snack foods are being consumed by teens as breakfast foods and anytime snacks. With those artificially flavored snakes and the abundance of fried and fast foods consumed by young people today, the balanced diet has become a thing of the past. They eat less fruit and vegetables and consume more sugary and sodium infused beverages than water so that sets the tone for the inevitable hypertensive and type-two diabetes situation. The snacks are cheap and easily accessible at corner stores, in schools, and parents buy them for home consumption as well.The television is bombarded with commercials about spicy, chipotle, jalapeno, and Cajun flavored pork, chicken, beef, and fries with just about every fast-food franchise competing for the hottest trend. It appears to only be the beginning of making bad food choices even worst along with the combo meal to the cardiologist special. Is this any way to treat a body that milk used to do good? Well we don’t even know if we can trust the milk anymore either. Too much mass production of food has caused a scare for those who do care about what they put in their bodies, but that is seemingly a small minority. Most people’s taste-buds are out of whack and have been tainted by sugar (sweet tasting foods) and salt (sodium), and now to fix the big cravings, spice
Who falls accountable for all the potentially future sickly folks that will be under 40, or maybe even 35? Is it the fast food industry? Is it the government’s fault, for letting them target young children? Is it the mass producers that are creating generic foods, or again is it the fault of the government for not prohibiting such foods in the market place? Maybe the fault belongs to the parent? Are they not setting a good example for their children? Well one would not be wrong by saying all of the above. But parents are the first line protectors and teachers of their children, and many children learn their behaviors in the home, and eating is a learned behavior. Surely, parents cannot control everything a child puts in their mouth as they grow older and circum to outside and peer influences, but reinforcing standards from time to time may get teens to think twice about what they eat. It really comes down to instilling some discipline in a child while they are younger and maybe less visits to the all-u-can-eat buffet restaurants. It is about quantity as much as quality when eating to maintain a healthy body.
There is much more growing awareness about children’s health issues from many nonprofit organizations, the medical community, and the government produces countless online and written publications on the subject from several sources, but it does not seem to hit home until there is a problem at home, with a child in a health crisis. So this is one more reminder to parents to pay closer attention to what your children are and are not eating, and drinking.