“Children born in the year 2000 or later are not expected to outlive their parents” stated Dr. David Katz of the Yale Preventive Medicine Research Center in New Haven, Connecticut at a nutrition conference in April 2005. In March 2005, Dr. Katz, a specialist in child nutrition, quoted in a Wall Street Journal article that a ‘poor diet in kids is more dangerous than alcohol, drugs, and tobacco combined!”
Is this guy crazy? Could this really be happening? Are kids really that sick?
Well let’s look at Dr David Katz first and see what authority he has:
Dr. David Katz
DAVID L. KATZ MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, is the founding (1998) director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. He received his BA from Dartmouth College (1984; Magna Cum Laude); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He is a two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and a clinical instructor in medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.
Dr. Katz is:
- the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Childhood Obesity
- President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
- founder and President of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation
- medical director for the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT.
He is the principal inventor of the NuVal nutritional guidance system, currently in over 2000 US supermarkets in more than 30 states, coast to coast. He holds 5 U.S. patents on other inventions, with several patents currently pending.
Dr. Katz has published:
- nearly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters
- innumerable blogs and columns
- nearly 1,000 newspaper articles
- authored or co-authored 15 books to date, including multiple editions of textbooks in both Nutrition and Preventive Medicine.
Hmm – so he seems to have some authority on the subject of child nutrition.
Child Nutrition – are our kids really that sick?
Think of some kids you know.
Do they have dark circles under their eyes?
What about there skin? Does it have a healthy glow or a dull, clammy look?
What about their hair?
Their physic? Are they lean or a little on the chunky side?
If you know healthy kids today, statistics are showing they may be sick in the future. The food children and teens are allowed to eat today, will determine the disease they contract tomorrow.
If we do not pay attention to what our children are eating, in the next 10 years we will see 16 & 17 yr olds dying of heart disease on a regular basis, according to Dr. Katz.
Is there evidence today backing up Dr. Katz’s incredulous claims?
According to the Children’s Environment Health Network, cancer kills more kids than any other disease. We’re talking about acute leukemias and tumors of the brain, nervous system, lymphatic system, kidneys, bones, and muscles.
Dr. Delia Garcia, Radiology Oncologist in St. Louis has already begun treating teenagers with breast cancer. She believes kids should be considering their prom date, not their cancer treatment.
Next, according to the International Journal of Obesity, type 2 diabetes, previously referred to adult onset, has increased 10 fold in the past twenty years. This increase is so startling that it is being called an epidemic.
Researchers are studying this new phenomenon and do not yet fully understand the reasons for such a change, however many believe that the increased incidence of obesity in children and adolescents, along with sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits, is responsible.
Last, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that today over 8 million children have asthma, up 232% in the last 40 years. The American Lung Association reports that asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalisation among children under the age of 15.
Why are our kids so sick?
One reason is we eat too much bad food. The top 3 foods consumed in America are hot dogs, white bread and coffee.
In 1970 we spent 6 billion on fast food. Today, we spend over 110 billion.
Americans spend more on fast food than higher education, books and computers and a whole lot more than they do on fruit and vegetables.
So do we have a right to be worried about current trends in child nutrition?
I would say we do, and unless we do something positive within the family unit it looks like child nutrition will continue to deteriorate not improve over the coming years.
Did you know that over 4500 published medical studies have proven that fruits and vegetables are the key to disease prevention. All major health organisations agree that fruit and vegetable nutrition is key to a healthy life.
Perhaps the obvious way to improve child nutrition is to simply encourage them to eat more fruit and vegetables.