Heart disease starts in childhood
I am so embarrassed to admit it but when my kids were babies, I used to think – hey, they are young, it’s ok if they eat some sugar or fat, it won’t harm them, I’ll just teach them to eat healthily once they are teens/adults. Little did I know that what we feed them now when they are babies/toddlers are the building blocks for diseases later on.
Perhaps that’s why we are seeing cancers/chronic illnesses occur in younger patients. In the last 5 years of my work, I have increasingly looked after terminally ill patients who were younger than me. That scares me.
It is also scary to read studies that have found atherosclerotic streaks (the fatty deposits in arteries which lead to heart disease) in US children by the age of 10 years!! Heart disease is the number one killer in the western world, and it appears that it starts in childhood.
Don’t make the same mistakes I did – what you feed your kids now do count.