Child Malnutrition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Paul G. Jensen   
Despite the fact that Americans are more obsessed with their diet than any other time in our history, the majority of our children suffer from malnutrition. Because American children do not look malnourished, we are failing to recognize this problem and diseases caused by malnutrition are skyrocketing.
People primarily know about food through television commercials designed to promote the sale of their products. Despite their claims, these highly processed and heated foods are empty calories and contain an array of toxic substances (including synthetic vitamins).
 Americans have gotten away from the traditional eating habits that have kept past generations much healthier. Our children have never been so riddled with disease despite the fact that more money is spent on health care than ever before. Diseases, which in past generations were only found in the very old, now regularly strike children.

Currently a very large percentage of American children have horrible eating habits. For example, rarely do most children eat five or more servings of vegetables and fruits a day. In 1997, added fat and sugar comprised 50% of the calories consumed by children. Other studies show that at least two-thirds of teenage girls are deficient in iron, calcium, essential fatty acids and most vitamins.

Many nutritional experts are predicting that at the present rate of childhood malnutrition, we will have the first generation of children who will not live as long as their parents.

 If a child primarily consumes empty calorie foods, they are also at greater risk for weight problems and dysfunctional eating. Dysfunctional eating includes dieting, fasting, bingeing, skipping meals, overeating, and undereating. Not only are these dangerous behaviors a major cause of disease, they can lead to clinical eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. One study showed that up to 81% of ten-year-old girls presently has a form of dysfunctional eating. Another study reported that an alarming 28% of young boys and 62% of young girls are dieting.

It is my hope that any Parent reading the above information will take it seriously. The growing trend of birth defects, asthma, learning disabilities, mental illness, obesity, clinical eating disorders, digestive disease, diabetes, arthritis, auto-immune disease and cancer among children needs to serve as a wake-up call. Otherwise more and more parents will find themselves sitting across the desk from a medical specialist being told their child has one of the above problems.

 
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