Are Ads & Constant Bombardment to Blame for Poor Health?
The human body needs proper nutrition to function at its optimal level of performance, so why are we still eating unhealthy foods and unable to heal quickly?
The fast-food industry has practically doubled in growth since the 1970s. Unfortunately, the fast food industry markets to children through advertisements in forms of social media outlets, billboards, and of course the television.
Are Most Americans Unhealthy?
We can’t blame the Fast Food industry for conducting what any business may do to gain customers. The main question is why should anyone “invest” in the fast food business? And, by invest, I refer to purchasing fast food for yourself or your family.
Well, the truth is that you are responsible for making the right choices for your health and avoid gaining excess weight. Simply, moderation of fast food can help reduce unnecessary weight gain and health problems, but also bear in mind to watch out for what you consume at home from the grocery store as well.
THE FACTS DON’T LIE
Children and adolescents are eating more food out of the home, drinking more soda, and snacking more frequently. According to the statistics from the American Health Journal, “Children now obtain over 50% of their calories from fat or added sugar (32% and 20%, HHS)”.
LIMIT the Use of Games & Online Activities
Additionally, children are spending more time in front of the TV and other electronic devices. In fact, the department of health & Human services states, “Children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (para. 2).” Clearly, we need to limit our children’ usage of games, TV, and other electronic devices. Example: Set a timer for roughly 30-60 minutes a day for games.
Who’s the “Boss” in Your Home?
The cost of eating unhealthy foods and purchasing unnecessary products can lead us all into a state of depression, anxiety, or even to become obese, unhealthy and unable to fully enjoy life in its natural state.
Currently, advertisements target the younger generation and adolescents, which has a negative effect on our culture and society. Though, people will beg to differ and blame this on the parents.
Of course, parents have a say in what their child or children should do; however, you cannot mitigate your children’s lives throughout the entire day. Children cannot be shielded by society, but they can be informed and educated by their parents.
Though we may not be able to prevent our children from viewing billboards and other advertisements, we still have the decision to make what they put in their mouths. That leads to another question. How can we protect our children and ensure they are eating healthy while they are at school?
*How External Influences Effect Our Children
We need to put into account who the influencers are in school settings, and associations are part of the equation. For instance, a child will be exposed to other children who will likely at some point in their lives entice your child with drugs, alcohol, or even unhealthy food products. So, how can we as a functional society protect our children?
There is no doubt that these heavy influencers will be around our children, so we need to understand and learn how to better teach, guide, and demonstrate just what our children need to do to remain healthy and focused individuals. We can start off by modeling a positive image of ourselves to our children so that they too will mirror our actions to remain healthy consumers.
Although we cannot change who the school’s suppliers are and how the food is prepped, we do have more options that offer healthy foods by packing our kids’ lunches ourselves. But, what if you don’t have the time or money to invest in homemade lunches? Well, then you may need to volunteer at your kids’ school to find out more information, or simply get involved in parent-teacher conferences. Ask questions!
Healthy VS Unhealthy
The Department of Health and Human Services states, “28.0% of Americans or 80.2 million people, aged six and older are physically inactive” (para 2). Perhaps, we need to encourage one another to be more active in our daily lives.
Clearly, the statistics speak for itself. As a result, we all need to take action and participate to better help educate our children and ourselves, to get out and move more, exercise daily, and to eat healthy, nourishing foods for growth and proper development.
Medical Expenses on the Rise?
*FACT: Healthy people are more active and better able to fight off disease in comparison to unhealthy individuals who consume in excess of unnecessary foods and products that lead to unwanted health problems and weight gain.
The HHS states, “Those who are obese have medical costs that are $1,429 more than those of normal weight on average (roughly 42% higher).” As you can see, medical costs are also impacted by the increase in unhealthy eating habits that lead to obesity and unhealthy lifestyles. Thus, the healthcare costs will continue to rise if we do not implement some positive food choices and changes in our lifestyles.
Be Creative to Improve Your Family’s Health
Encourage your child or children to do fun activities that require physical fitness such as sports, games, and hikes or nature walks. Implement some healthy changes into your daily routine and be creative with new, healthy recipes that can be made at home rather than going out to eat at restaurants and fast food places.
FACT: Not all healthy foods taste bad! Explore some different flavors in the kitchen by using herbs and spices instead of salt and sugar. *Rule of thumb, if a product contains more than 10mg of sugar than it’s most likely not healthy to consume in excess. Check your labels and nutrition facts carefully before consuming.
In addition, the Health & Human Services Department recommends reducing the sodium Americans eat by 1,200mg per day, which can save up to $20 billion a year in medical costs. Look at the ingredient labels and nutrition facts for your children to have a better understanding of the contents of the product. Not all products labeled healthy, or nutritious are actually really healthy at all! You can search for safe supplements that can also help improve you and your family’s health (listed in the pyramid).
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+Try out this Healthy snack that is easy to make!
Baked Apple Treats
Cut the apple and take out the seeds along with the core portion, add a dash of cinnamon and other healthy ingredients inside of the apple. You can even add some water to a baking pan, or baking glassware; cut an apple in half; add the dash of cinnamon, then, heat at 400 degrees F and bake for roughly 20 minutes. You may also want to add your own favorite types of nuts and even some other small fruits for additional flavor!
*Walnuts are my personal favorite due to its beneficial nutrition content such as omegas and its ability to enhance memory and cognition. Note. As the apple bakes, the juices from the apple will create the perfect sweetness you may desire–Perfect for those who have a sweet tooth! Also, the smell of the cinnamon creates an enticing scent throughout the house; perfect for the Autumn season!
A “RECIPE” for Better HEALTH
Be careful about choosing a product based on its “snazzy” design or healthy words/verbiage that may mislead you. Many unhealthy products are marketed with bright colors and designs to attract young children, adolescents, and even adults. Be sure to read all the Nutrition Facts. For instance, 10mg or less of sugar is fairly safe to consume in moderation if you desire something sweet.
Afterall, it’s best to get into a new, healthy habit about what you choose to eat and how you desire to look, feel, and behave! Most importantly, your health is connected to how well your brain can function, so maybe we need to feed our brains the nutrients it needs to function properly. FOCUS on your health and future by making positive, healthy choices that lead you to a live a healthier, happier life!
Tips: Be aware of what you and your children are consuming. Check the packages and read the ingredients that are listed on the back or front of the item. Look for main food sources in the produce aisles and avoid staying in the middle aisles for too long; you may lose focus and get tired, which in turn can lead you to make uninformed decisions about the types of products you choose to purchase. Also, get out of the house and take some time to unwind and exercise so that you can get the blood and circulation going!
***Eat to Live, Not Live to Eat!