A recent study of 5547 young people, ages 12 to 19, sent up an alarming red flag. Many have high blood sugar levels, elevated cholesterol, are obese or overweight, have terrible diets, and don’t get enough exercise.
Study findings indicate that teens are likely to die of heart disease at a younger age than adults do today, and all due to the rising occurrence of obesity in our youth. According to the researcher, “The plaques (fatty build-up in arteries) that kill us in our 40s and 50s start to form in adolescence and young adulthood. This study suggests that ideal cardiovascular health is being lost as early as, if not earlier than, the teenage years.”
It is clear that the obesity epidemic is affecting the nation’s children as well as adults. The decline in the health of children is a big societal problem that must be addressed. The time is now to teach children and adolescents the importance of good nutrition and exercise.