Unhealthy diet and inadequate physical activity behind US children’s poor heart health: AHA

Unhealthy diet and inadequate physical activity behind US children’s poor heart health: AHA

American Heart Association has raised concerns by revealing that many US children are not able to meet seven basic standards of good heart health. The organization firmly believes that rather than taking wait-and-see approach, steps should be taken to help children maintain the ideal childhood cardiovascular health.

Study’s lead researcher Julia Steinberger from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis said that standards include having a healthy weight in relation to height, indulging into proper physical activity, avoid smoking, eating balanced meal and maintaining healthy cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Out of the all factors, diet and physical activity have been blamed owing to children have been unable to maintain food cardiovascular health. Dr. Steinberger said that around 91% of US children have poor diets.

Dr. Steinberger mentioned that if healthy behaviors are followed from starting they provide immense benefit in maintaining idea health throughout the life. The researchers came to know about heart health status from the data of a 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Around half of young boys and a third of young girls aged between six and 11 are able to meet the minimum recommended amount of physical activity, which is of 60 minutes, on daily basis. The percentage declined further when it came to between ages 16 and 19.

“A primary reason for so few children having ideal cardiovascular health is poor nutrition - children are eating high-calorie, low-nutrition foods and not eating enough healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, fish and other foods strongly associated with good heart health”, said Dr. Steinberger.

Experts think that parents cannot achieve healthy heart goals for their children if they target them, as it has to be the commitment of the entire family.