Obesity Rate Among Young American Children Finally Drops


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  • Obesity rate among young American children finally drops  about a half: As the U.S. federal health authorities recently reported, according to the latest data, there has been a 43 percent decrease in child obesity over the last 10 year-period. This number is concerning young children ages 2- 5 and represents the first wide decline in recent decades in the obesity epidemic that often leads to many health problems such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, lifelong weight problems and many others. According to statistics, in 2012 about one in 12 children in this age group was obese, while rate for African Americans was one in nine and Hispanics one in six.
  • Importance of creating a healthier environment in the family: Creating healthier environments for children is a complex problem that needs to be addressed on many levels: in the family, in the school environment, but also in friends’ circles to ensure consistency. School environment is a larger scale that involves various factors and a handful of people. However, there are ways to support this effort on a smaller scale-within the family and friend circles. Here are three simple and easy to implement ways to establish a healthier lifestyle for children: 1. discuss healthy habits with your children, 2. make healthy choices at home as a parent (nutrition, exercise, entertainment), 3. add a variety to your daily routine-stay active and creative.
  • Newly found links between toxins and developmental disorders: Disorders of neurobehavioural development affect 10-15% of all births, and prevalence rates of autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder appear to be increasing worldwide. Latest research on well-documented neurotoxicants from the Harvard University recently published in  journal The Lancet Neurology explains important new insights into the neurodevelopmental consequences of early exposures to dangerous industrial chemicals including lead, methylmercury, arsenic, polychlorinated biphenyls, and toluene. The research confirms that exposure to these chemicals during pregnancy can substantially increase the risk of neurological disabilities, as they can interfere with the formation of the brain and nervous system of fetus. Among other newly recognized developmental neurotoxicants are manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Herbicides and fungicides might also have neurotoxic potential.
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