Do you remember how much energy you had as a kid? You could run around all day without feeling tired? Sadly, many in the next generation lack that vitality. They tire easily, their bones break and muscles tear much more regularly and their ability to maintain sustained activity is compromised.
I heard recently that they no longer play games like Red Rover because too many kids were pulling their arms out of the sockets. My children’s elementary school doesn’t allow kindergartners on the monkey bars because too many of them were breaking their arms. Our teenage babysitters are tearing their ACLs and having major muscular skeletal problems. Within a generation, our children have gotten much more fragile and it hasn’t occurred to anyone to consider why. Here’s a clue…
It’s not the economy, stupid! It’s the diet! When our bodies don’t have the right building blocks (essential vitamins and minerals that are absent from processed foods) they cannot form healthy bone, muscle and connective tissue. So our kids tire and hurt themselves more easily.
A friend of mine likes to say, “you can pay now, or you can pay later” I will be the first to admit, it is a lot of work to feed your kids nutritious meals. It takes time, money and effort. But it is also a lot of work (and insane amounts of money) to nurse a sick kid back to health. Given the choice, I’d rather invest in the prevention.