Improving Children’s Diets is Crucial for Their Long-term Cardiovascular Health
According to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) recently published Scientific Statement on metrics needed for children to enjoy cardiovascular health throughout their lives, U.S. children are faring poorly. The AHA focused on seven key metrics that influence lifetime cardiovascular health: diet, exercise, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose and smoking status. While there were concerns with how children are faring today regarding many of these metrics, particularly BMI and smoking, the data on children’s diets was the most alarming. A shocking less than 0.5% of children are consuming a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains and heart-healthy fats, and low in sodium and sugar-laden foods and drinks. About 91% of U.S. children were classified as having a poor diet. This study should serve as a wake-up call to American parents concerned about the long-term health of their children.
Steinberger, J., Daniels, S.R., Hagberg, N., et al. Cardiovascular Health Promotion in Children: Challenges and Opportunities for 2020 and Beyond: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation 2016; 134(12): e236-e255.Nov 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm | Global News