We all want to be healthy, and to achieve that; we need to follow a healthy diet. But what if the food we need is expensive? This could be the question that Americans may have formed in their minds when they read a recently conducted and published study last week. A study spearheaded by a lead researcher and assistant professor from the Department of Epidemiology and the School of Public Health at the University of Washington concluded that the government should assist more consumers in developing the habit of eating healthy foods.
Another study was conducted and published in the Health Journal wherein respondents cited what food they ate, and their responses were analyzed for nutrient content and estimated cost. Random telephone surveys were conducted among 2,000 adults in King Country, Washington, followed by a printed questionnaire that was sent back by about 1,300 people.
In general, the study had the following results: the more people spend, the more they are able to meet federal guidelines set for potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D, and calcium. In contrast, those who spent less had a low intake of the four elements recently cited. At the same time, they had a high consumption of foods with saturated fat and added sugar.
The findings regarding Americans that have a high consumption of foods with saturated fat and added sugar is alarming. It is also alarming because most at this time, younger people become more drawn to eating the said kind of foods.
There are reports lately that because of their access to fast-food items, people getting afflicted with obesity are getting younger. In fact, there is now a term called childhood obesity, and it is becoming an alarming concern. Obesity becomes a major cause of worry because children seem to have access to unhealthy, caloric, and sweetened beverages. They get these from school cafeterias, fast food restaurants, and mall stalls.
When we talk of solutions, we talk of where the solution should start and come from. If charity begins at home, then the cure for obesity should start at home.
The first step could actually be setting the right atmosphere for a gradual change in food menus. For parents, before imposing a radical change in the food to be served to the children, a little warming up should be done.
Begin by organizing picnics or backyard cookouts. In these locations, the right food can be cooked before the children’s eyes so that they can sense that fast food is not really good food. Leave the impression that home cooking is still the best sauce of cooked food.
Bringing the children or young adults outdoors where they can experience fishing in rivers and streams, harvesting fruits or vegetables, and visiting poultries may introduce and orient to the “earthly” quality of food. That artificial and synthetic food ingredient is not only unhealthy, but they are also generated from unnatural sources.
Parents should practice what they preach. Most of the time, this proves to be a very difficult task. But for parents, teaching children to stay away from junk food or fatty, sweet, and calorie-laden foods can be done easily if the parents themselves stay away from these kinds of food too. Some parents practice a double standard when it comes to eating healthy and nutritious foods. They sometimes oblige their children to cut down on sweets, but they are seen stealing unhealthy foods into their bedroom or TV room when no one in the house is awake anymore.