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I knew it was coming. Decades ago, Dr. Price warned it would happen. Even still, I was completely unprepared for what I saw in the Post Office line last week. Tears welled up in my eyes at the sight of an obese boy, probably about 11 years old, with a very clearly defined Dowager’s hump, one of the most obvious signs of osteoporosis! I couldn’t help but think how many gallons of soda that boy had consumed to leech enough calcium out of his bones to produce a hump at such a young age.
What is happening to our children? We see it all around us. Childhood obesity exploding to a point where nearly 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese by the age of 6. 1 in 4 teenagers are obese. Adult diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and probably very soon, osteoporosis, are skyrocketing. When will the degeneration reach a point where people return at last to a focus on nutrient dense, traditional foods for maintaining health, not just cutting calories and exercising, which have limited and short lived health benefits? How many more adult diseases must our children suffer before people stop spending 90% of every dollar on processed foods and, instead, shift to spending 90% on whole foods? Is the convenience of the fast food drive thru worth a Dowager’s hump in your child? Clearly not.
I sincerely hope that is the last Dowager’s hump I see on a child. Unfortunately, odds are that I will see a lot more before a majority of parents, and not just the select few, wise up.
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Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.
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