When I listen to the late, great Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech, it makes me think about how certain foods marketed and sold to children in this country are causing them to lose their rights to health and happiness.
So, just like the late, great Martin Luther King Jr., I have a dream today too…
Many lines in Dr. King’s speech could be easily tweaked and applied to what is happening with the health of this countries’ youth (black, white, and all colors):
“It is obvious today that American food manufacturers have defaulted on this promissory note… they have given our children a bad check. Many “kid foods” should be marked “insufficient funds.” Because these very foods designed and marketed directly at kids are in large part devoid of nutrition that their growing bodies need. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are sicker and in more pain than ever before. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of junk food, cannot live life to the fullest. We cannot be satisfied as long as children can no longer run and play. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by junk food. We can never be satisfied as long as children are dying before their parents. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment….”
As a parent, we want nothing more than for our kids to be happy, right? And for a moment, yes perhaps sweets and treats do make them happy. But that is followed by a crash – which leaves them moody and sad. So guess what they reach for? More of what gave them that boost. That puts them on the sugar roller coaster, and this cycle is extremely damaging to their health. Longterm it is leading to an increased risk of almost every major disease.
I have kids, I know it is not easy to get them to make healthy choices. My kids love treats & sweets like most kids. And we do let them enjoy treats occasionally. But the trouble is – sweets today are more dietary staples than occasional treats. And diets that are full of foods that are loaded with sugar, chemicals, and devoid of nutrition – leads to obesity, diabetes, fatty liver disease, heart disease, depression, and even down the road, diseases like Alzheimers.
I used to be overweight as a child, and I was in pain – both physical and mental pain. It hurts me to see so many beautiful children in pain today. So I too, have a dream that all kids will have access to healthy foods, can learn to cook, and will learn to love to eat healthy foods that helps them grow and be healthy. I don’t think it’s too big of a dream, do you? As Dr. King so eloquently said:
“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.
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