Over60-yearsago.Theonlysocialissuesfacingchildrenbackthenwerepoverty andcigarettesmoking.Everyonesmoked,andlikeallchildren,theyjustwantedto emulate their parents. They just wanted to feel grown-up and look cool.Fastforwardtotoday’schildrenandacompletelydifferentstoryisemerging. Cigarettesmokingisnolongersociallyacceptableandisuncool.Butothermodern dangers are now evolving.
Fast/Junk Food and E-numbers
Fast/Junkfood,sugary,saltfuelledsnacksanddrinks,arecausingsomuchdamage toourchildren.Thishasasevereimpactonbothagrowingchild’smindandtheir physical development.Thehumanlivertakesonaverage21-yearstofullydevelop.Somejunkfoodscan harmagrowingliver.Toomuchsugar,saltandfatinadietcandoirreparable damage to a young child’s physical wellbeing.Apoordietcanalsoleadtomentalhealthissueslateronintheirdevelopment.That burger,chipsandcokedrinkarefullof“E-numbers,so-calledfood additives and preservatives. These can cause hyperactivity in children. Which in turn can bring about tantrum fits, depression, and behavioural problems later on in life. So, that, “Happy Meal” isn’t so happy after all. The Liver converts and stores fat and sugars for future use. This then brings about obesity and the chances of contracting Fatty Liver Disease. Other health issues then start to emerge as certain activities become harder to carryout. Mental health issues can also begin to appear, as an obese child is often picked upon and bullied. They can then lose confidence in themselves and become isolated and alone. They’ll start to hate their image and feel unwanted and unloved. Depression, and sadly even suicide are becoming more common.
Child Liver Disease Warning Issues 2011
AsmanyashalfamillionchildreninEnglandcouldbeatriskof developinglife-threateningliverdiseasebecausetheyareoverweight, according to a health adviser.ProfessorMartinLombard,England'sNationalClinicalDirectorforLiver Disease,saysacultureofover-eatingandlittleexercisemeansupto 500,000 four to 11-year-olds could have too much fat in their livers.Sophie Hutchinson reports.
Another worrying aspect of child development is a new mental heath condition that is beginning to raise its ugly head and that is now known as, “Screen Addiction”. This is having certain social (or rather anti-social) implications. A child who spends too much time on a computer or mobile phone screen can become withdrawn and cannot interact with others. Once again, the lack of fresh air and exercise brings about the chances of obesity.I normally try to steer away from American videos because of the differences in spelling and often misleading information. (No disrespect intended). However, this video does send out the right message, and should send a warning out to parents, to try and look out for these signs.(