November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes, a disease that affects 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S., is one of the fastest growing health issues in our country. Broken into two types, Type 1 and Type 2, the latter is the most common form and the scariest threat for our American children. According to the World Health Organization, increased consumption of energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods with high amounts of sugar and saturated fats combined with sedentary living has resulted in a global epidemic of obesity and in turn, Type 2 Diabetes.
Recent studies have shown that girls who grow up in stressful environments where violence, depression, or other disturbances are prevalent are more likely to become obese by five years old, as opposed to children who live in steady homes. Further, according to Medical Journal Pediatrics, preschool girls who are exposed to these unfortunate circumstances have an even higher risk of becoming obese.
A recent segment on NBC’s Today Show examined mistakes well-meaning parents can make that, in reality, contribute to unhealthiness in their children. From banning sweets to serving too much fruit juice, some smart-seeming feeding habits can actually backfire. Watch as Today Show nutritionist Joy Bauer explains eight of these habits and offers alternatives that will help parents reach their goal of happy, healthy children.
Just like sound technique and proper training, diet and nutrition are incredibly important to success in youth sports. Because a young person’s body is still growing, it often needs more nutrients than an average adult’s does in a normal day. The problem? Many parents don’t understand what type of nutrition their young athletes should be…