That Evil Electronic Box and Type One Diabetes

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

It never ceases to amaze me how often I find how much television can adversely affect our lives and the lives of our children.  There are studies that show excessive exposure to television can limit a childs capacity to learn and assimilate information.  Most recently it was suggested that the frequency of scene changes in the popular show Sponge Bob Square Pants may contribute to incidences of people with ADHD.  Who knew that some Sponge Bob fun could cause issues for kids! 

Beyond the potential for for causing mental deficiencies, it is not a great secret that  too much television is a432732 15412 25 That Evil Electronic Box and Type One Diabetes contributing factor to the juvenile obesity epidemic.  For obvious reasons, the longer a child sits in front of a television screen the less they are engaging in necessary physical activity.  If kids aren’t moving, are not challenging themselves physically, and are eating junk food, they are most likely destined to fall under the obesity definition starting at an early age.

Now scientists have determined that kids with type one diabetes who spend hours in front of the television have greater challenges in controlling their blood sugar.  It would seem to be easy to blame this correlation on a lack of physical activity and obesity associated with that lack of activity.  Despite that easy assumption it was determined that this connection was not proven and there was more to the blood sugar/television equation. 

Although it was suggested that a lack of excercise plays some role, it is also believed that kids have a tendency to snack while sitting in front of the television.  Since kids suffering from type one diabetes have to inject insulin around mealtime to control their blood sugar, it is believed that more than 4 hours of daily television viewing can interfere with a childs ability to track what food they are consuming.  As a result their blood sugar becomes imbalanced due to a lack of attention.  This may also go along with the belief that television affects a childs ability to learn and think properly.  

My kids have been on break for the last week.  I think we will be kicking them out of the house tomorrow to go play.  How about you?

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What About the Children?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

In a Houston Chronicle article from July 2, 2010 it is noted that more than two-thirds of Texas schoolchildrenHouston Chronicle What About the Children? failed the state’s physical fitness test this year.  This situation is probably more common than anyone would like to believe.  This is largely attributed to the fact that kids are not spending enough time exercising.  The common consensus is that children should do some kind of aerobic exercise for at least 60 minutes every day.  Considering the fact that school districts across the country have cut, or are in the process of cutting physical education classes this is getting more difficult for kids.  The onus has fallen on parents to ensure their kids are involved in some kind of physical activity or sport to meet their fitness needs. 

A lack of physical activity is not the only problem faced by children in the United States.  We are just not feeding our kids the way we should.  Here are some disturbing statistics:

  • The average child consumes at least 20 ounces of soda a day.Child Obesity 0 What About the Children?
  • Every year teenagers eat an average of 93 pounds of refined sugar.
  • 80% of high school students eat fewer than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
  • Nearly 1/3 of U.S. Children aged 4 to 19 eat fast food daily.
  • Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled since 1980.
  • Overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.
  • The International Obesity Task force estimates that 22 million of the world’s children under 5 are obese or overweight.

Here are several suggestions to increase the fitness level of the whole family:

  • Involve the kids in meal planning and grocery shopping.  Kids love to have a role in the decision making.family eating together1 What About the Children?
  • Buy organic meats, fruits and vegetables whenever possible to avoid harmful pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics in your food.
  • Eat your meals as a family. 
  • Plan family activities that involve exercise.  Play tennis together or go for a hike. 
  • Keep healthy snacks in your pantry like fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, low-fat cheese, and fresh, purified water.  We are going through several cases of water a week and our kids have become accustomed to drinking it throughout the day.

There are some Isagenix products that are not appropriate for consumption by young children such as the Isagenix Ionix Supreme®, but there are many products that are safe and healthy for the whole family:

  • C-Lyte®—Advanced Vitamin C Protection
  • IsaOmega Supreme®—Supports heart health and brain development.
  • IsaCrunch®—Greater mental focus and clarity
  • Want More Energy?—High in B vitamins and minerals.  A natural electrolyte replacement. 
  • IsaPro®—Supports lean muscle mass.
  • IsaKids Essentials®—16 essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Isafruits®—More than 30 fruits in one serving.
  • Slim Cakes®—Supports digestive health. 
  • Isamune®—Immune system enhancer.
  • Isagenix Greens®—High in antioxidants, phytonutrients, Vitamin E and three sources of Vitamin C.
  • Mars & Venus Super Minerals®—Calms mood, increases focus and clarity and supports brain health.
  • IsaWater®—Alkalizes water making it key for good health.
  • IsaLean Shake®—Superior amino acids, proprietary blend of Ionic Alfalfa and exclusive source of whey and casein protein. 
  • IsaLean Bars®—Premium undenatured whey protein which translates to complete nutrition for adults and kids.