Mummy on a mission:
Does it ever seem like the world is becoming so complicated, dangerous and scary especially for our little innocent munchkins??
Imagine my surprise and fear when I came across a publication from the “Centre for Disease Control and Prevention” – a prestigious organisation in the United States of America who aim to protect the health of citizens all over the world through research-based health information.
What captured my attention is that, “our society (particularly developed countries), has become Obesogenic”. Meaning that people are becoming excessively overweight. Another publication from the “American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” says that this obesogenic state is increasing among children particularly between the ages of 2 to 5 years and adolescents between the ages of 12 to 19 years. As a result, these age groups are at high risk of developing debilitating conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, and psychological issues (like low self-esteem, body image issues and depression).
What scares me the most is that, because of the increasing number of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, OUR KIDS’ generation will be the first generation where LIFE EXPECTANCY IS SHORTER THAN THEIR PARENTS.
Another publication I came across contested the above statement…so I was like “Ohh thanks to whoever this pediatric professor from the University of Colorado” – What he says though is that, because of the advancement in technology, drugs and medical treatment available now a days, our kids generation will not out-live their parents. However, we will be seeing more and more kids as young as 13 years suffering from type 2 diabetes or with cardiovascular disease (like high blood pressure, heart disease, etc) at the age of 20, which are commonly seen in people at age 45 and over.
I was…WHAT?!! Then suddenly the vision of sick people I looked after in my 14 years of nursing came flashing in my head – the excruciating pain they go through, the suffocating feeling because their breathing is very restricted, they can’t move and do things they want to do or sit on their own feces or urine until someone can get to them, not to mention the emotional and mental effect of their illness and non-stop hospitalisation.
Seeing this vision on to my kids is even more confronting. No!!! Not to my 8 year-old, not my baby and not to anyone’s child…. they are too young, too innocent and they deserve to enjoy life to the fullest.
Hosting this blog gives me the confidence that even in the simplest way I would be able to share my knowledge and passion in nutrition and health.
The advancement in technology and our fast-phasing lifestyle feels like time is fading away from us and to keep up is the only reasonable thing to do…however, keeping-up often we unknowingly allow life’s demand to the extent where our and our kids health suffers.
To Little T’s Corner followers, I’m looking forward to connecting with you all, please leave your comments or questions, and share your experiences.
I am so privilege to be given the opportunity to host this blog. Looking forward to more info-sharing time with you all every Tuesday – my way to show everyone that there is a way to keep our lives and our kids’ life safe, healthy and fun in this busy and at times scary world.