New Link Between Children’s Health and Parents’ Health

I thought this was pretty interesting…and scary! A new study from The Journal of Pediatrics shows that a child’s health is a predictor of their parents’ risk of heart disease. I think it’s sad how far our country has fallen. If you’re a regular reader of my blog posts, you know how I feel about childhood obesity and the overall health of our youngest generation. There are few things in this world that infuriate me more than seeing an obese eight-year-old. What I take from this study, what it says to me, is that vast majority of kids aren’t choosing to eat unhealthy food, but it’s simply what is put on their plate by mom and dad. Mom and dad are unhealthy and they’re causing their kids to be unhealthy. It’s a sad state of affairs, for sure, and unfortunately I don’t have an answer for it. It’s tough when you can buy a hamburger for a dollar, but not a bag of carrots.

Here’s the article if you’d like to read it:

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When children have high cholesterol or blood pressure, their parents may have increased risks of diabetes and heart disease down the road, a new study finds.

The study, of 519 Ohio families, found that a 12-year-old’s weight, cholesterol and blood pressure helped predict the odds of a parent developing heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes over the next three decades.

Researchers say the findings suggest that screening kids could have the “bonus” of spotting at-risk parents.

“Pediatric risk factors — cholesterol, triglycerides, high blood pressure — identified families where parents were at increased risk,” said Dr. Charles J. Glueck of Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati, one of the researchers on the study….[click here to continue reading]

QUESTION: What are you thoughts regarding this latest research?