Among the industrialised nations, health statisticians predict that those who are children now will be the first generation that has poorer health, more obesity and a shorter lifespan than their parents. With the many benefits of affluence and education in such countries, how has this tragic state developed?
Take a look in your pantry and fridge. Put everything that can be reared, hunted, grown or gathered on one side. On the other side place all commercially processed food: any packets, tins, jars, deli or frozen items which list additives rather than natural foods only. Which pile is bigger?
One in 3 New Zealanders will develop arthritis. By age 60 it affects 1 in 2. Do you have any stiffness, aches, numbness, cramps or shooting pains? Your body is trying to get your attention.
Discomfort is an arrow pointing to Inflammation that urgently requires resolution (see website TIPS for related article). Detective work is needed to determine the causative factors. If these are not addressed then the damage can intensify, move or spread elsewhere, or become systemic and even appear unrelated.
Your child is an amazing creation whose every cell depends on the food you provide. What may be more difficult to imagine is how foods can affect their moods; perhaps their orientation toward particular substances, rewards or risks – even what you assume to be the essential nature of their personality.