I recently saw in the headlines that the U.S. National Institutes of Health is reccomending that children aged 9 to 11 yrs. old be tested for high cholesterol so as to prevent heart disease. (Normally only children with a family history of heart disease, or those who are obese, have high blood pressure or diabetes are tested.)
NINE to ELEVEN YEARS OLD?
I also read that 1/3 of American children and teenagers are obese or overweight. And? The U.S. government estimated that 10-13% of all of the children in the country have high cholesterol (a score of 200) or above. AND, the “American Academy of Pediatrics already advises that children as young as 8 can safely use cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as Lipitor and Zocor.” [whoa.]
This is so sad. Why? Because this is so preventable.
Where are these parents? This is not ok. We need to learn how to feed our children properly with nutrition and moderation in mind. NO YOU MAY NOT HAVE TWO DOUBLE-CHEESEBURGERS FOR DINNER.
This is quickly going to be a nation of Augustus Gloops.
Remember Augustus from the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? He was the “overweight”, gluttonous German boy who ate like it was his job. Constantly. All the time. He couldn’t stop.
Upon further inspection of the photo at the top of this post, it appears that August Gloop (far left), is thinner than most U.S. children.
I guess in 1971 that was considered big.
In 2005, a new movie was made and in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory they plumped up the August Gloop character a bit… perhaps in an effort to not make 1/3 of all U.S. children and teenagers feel badly aobut themselves.
Absolutely and 100% preventable.
P.S. The lipitor patent expires at the end of November and I recently read that sales of this cholesterol-lowering drug are the highest in pharmaceutical history — since 1997 sales have reached $183 billion.
That’s a lot of high cholesterol.