How many lessons and after school activities are good for children? Many parents want their children to be the best they can be and they take them for lessons, games, practices, etc. after school. Instead of preparing meals together and having the art of cooking dinner and knowledge of basic nutrition passed down from Mother to Son and Daughter , the kids race either race home from school to learn karate, music, etc., or they stay at school and participate in sports and other after school activities. While these activities are good, a balance between learning these activities and being together as a family is often lost. Rather than preparing dinner and eating together at home, they often grab some sort of fast food and eat in the car or in front of the Television, computer, or while doing homework. The time constraints are often worse in families where both parents work. We need to think about what is in the best interest of the parents and children in the long run.
In a study reported in Medscape, the risk factors for cardiovascular disease is significantly higher than expected among teenagers. The more overweight the child, the greater the chance for them having a risk factor or a combination of risk factors. We are the first generation of Americans where the parents are expected to live longer than their children. Among all the adolescents in the study, the overall prevalence of risk factors was 14% for prehypertension or hypertension, 22% for borderline-high or high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, 6% for low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and 15% for prediabetes or diabetes. The prevalence of prediabetes and diabetes increased from 9% to 21% between 1999 and 2008. During this time the teenagers may appear fine but are setting themselves up for a heart attack and a stroke in adulthood. Parents and children need to spend some time together in the kitchen as well as the playing field or dance study. They will have fun learning this art together, enjoy their bonding experience, and develop healthy eating habits.
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