Is all food good? In my life today, my parents are continually telling me that I shouldn’t eat junk foods and should eat healthier foods. I don’t see why because who besides some health freak would choose a plate of steamed vegetables over a bucket of hot chips. Well, I have been told in this current HPE (Health and Physical Education) unit that eating too much junk food while you are young can lead to serious health problems later in life. I want to live a good healthy life when I’m older which is free of health difficulties so that’s why I’m am asking myself the question, am I “eating my way to a healthy lifestyle”.
Twenty or so years ago, children always used to eat a healthy home-cooked meal every night for dinner and maybe occasionally on a Friday night, got a handful of mixed lollies. But today’s children are getting fatter, eating fatty greasy foods and exercising less. Children eating habits today are at a crisis.
Fast food is so appealing to children because it is a lot cheaper than healthy foods and far more convenient. Children these days are more likely to choose the fast foods over healthy foods mainly because of the price. Eating greasy, fatty foods while children can lead to extremely serious health problems later in life. Who wants to die at the age 35 from a stroke? I’m sure not too many people would raise their hands. Alarming figures have come from the latest Heart Foundation survey and the results show that 30% of 9-15year olds are overweight and 50% of this same age group have high cholesterol levels. This is mainly due to the way children spend their pocket money, lifestyle changes, and the different roles of play and exercise. These figures can decrease if small changes are made to the eating habits of children. The after-school period can be a dangerous time for hungry children looking for snacks to eat. It is recommended that instead of lollies or sweet treats, simple, healthier foods be eaten. For example, crumpets with cheese, fruit, crispbread with vegemite. Any of these foods can be eaten and they are still quite tasty and will reduce the risks of health problems dramatically.
Exercise is a major important part of children’s lives today. Unfortunately, this needed exercise does not occur as much as it should. Computer games are radically transforming the way kids play, reducing their outdoor play and turning them indoors. Children need to exercise to burn off energy and fat and to keep their muscles healthy. If no exercise occurs then the sugars in the children’s diets are not burnt off and are stored as fat. This fat builds up and this is why so many kids are overweight.
All of these factors add to children being overweight and/or eating an unhealthy diet. So if children eat a lot of junk foods or fast foods then they have more risk of having health problems later in life or being overweight. Where as a child with a healthy diet will have reduced the heath risk by a significant amount and is more likely to live a healthy old age. Therefore, in my opinion, “you are what you eat.”