Having aide, I noticed many patterns regarding young

Having worked in various health and wellness job fields, I can conclude, with great certainty, that

metabolic syndrome doesn’t just happen. It is a progressive, debilitating health condition resulting from years, even

generations, of poor dietary choices. Before pursuing a four year degree in healthcare, I worked primarily with small

children, adolescents and their families. As a daycare center aide, I noticed many patterns regarding young children,

between the ages of 3 to 7, and the parents, siblings and extended family who accompanied them, everyday. Although

mothers typically dropped their children off, in the morning, it was common for a different family member to pick up

the children in the afternoons; thus, I was able to observe the frequency with which the physiques of overweight children

mirrored those of their parents. A simpler way of stating this would be acknowledging that overweight and

under-exercise are lifestyle choices passed down from one generation to another. This would also suggest a correlation

between the national increases in metabolic syndrome diagnoses and childhood obesity rates. These increases, mostly

over the last 5 to 7 years, reinforce the long term, critical impact parents have on their children’s quality of life long after

their childhoods. Generally, parents may not be consciously imposing harmful, debilitating dietary choices on their families;

however, parents do tend to purchase the foods they can easily afford, enjoy and access regularly. Also and reasonably, children

eat what parents present them with at the dinner table or kitchen stove. Add this dynamic to the discontinuance of

outdoor play and physical education classes, in most public and private schools, and the outcomes include genera-

tions of obese family members, sometimes living within the same household.

Genetics play a large part in a child’s anatomy, as well; for example, even the youngest of small children

will carry weight much in the same way and areas as one of their parents. This accounts for yet another cause of

metabolic syndrome and that is big bellies or middle-thickness. Individuals with a propensity toward overeating and

sedentary lifestyles, along with their children, make up the vast number of metabolic syndrome cases. While there is

no “cure” for adult or childhood metabolic syndrome, reinstating an active lifestyle paired with a high fiber, low fat diet

will offset or altogether prevent arthritis, osteoporosis, hypertension and potentially, high blood pressure


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