High Cholesterol and Kids
September is National Cholesterol Education Month, and everyone knows that childhood obesity is on the rise. Did you know high cholesterol in kids is also taking a sharp upturn?
According to WebMD, studies indicate that 18 percent of children between the ages of one and 16 have either high cholesterol or too little of the “good” (HDL) cholesterol. The National Cholesterol Education Program’s guidelines concerning children and teens include: l Eat a variety of food that is nutritionally adequate. l Eat enough calories to support growth and development, and to reach or maintain desirable body weight. l Total dietary fat intake 30 percent of calories or less. l Saturated fat less than 10 percent of total calories. l Dietary cholesterol less than 300 mg per day.
Set limits of screen time at home. Our children sit for long periods of time at school with no exercise and then come home to play on their computers and video games. Get them outside playing and running around. Increasing your blood flow and heart rate increase your good cholesterol.