Houston, Texas (PRWEB) October 24, 2012
While childhood obesity remains a problem among American families, many have made progressive efforts to encourage healthier diets among today’s youth. In addition, many have embraced new opportunities for recreation to get children to exercise more. Although these steps are all necessary in helping reduce childhood obesity, a recent article from Time reveals that researchers have found increased sodium intake is also a problem in modern childhood health. Nutritionist Alexander Ber specializes in educating American citizens about proper diet and notes that while sodium is essential to live, every person needs to be aware of how much they consume.
According to the article CDC researchers claim “that young children are consuming as much salt as adults, putting them at a similarly increased risk of developing hypertension, a risk factor for heart disease and early death.” In connection with the childhood obesity epidemic, the article also suggests that high blood pressure could be the greatest among the 37 percent of American children who are cited as overweight or obese. In the article, Quanhe Yang, lead author of the study, comments on the combined risks that excess weight and high sodium intake can present, as both factors contribute to poor heart health. Although the problem may be widespread, Yang suggests that it can easily be corrected by reducing sodium intake. He suggests, “If we could reduce sodium consumption, that will achieve more than just the expected reduction in hypertension cases because of the synergistic effect.”
As a proponent of implementing proper nutrition across all demographics, Alexander Ber notes that parents who reduce their child’s sodium intake may also help curb rates of hypertension in adults. He states, “The best way to establish a healthy diet is to involve the whole family. If parents reduce their child’s sodium intake, they may end up doing the same for themselves. Not only will they be helping reduce future rates of heart problems, but they will also be improving their own health.”
While it may be easy to cut out salty snacks to help decrease sodium intake, Alexander Ber explains that some people may be surprised to learn that other staples are particularly high in sodium. For example, parents trying to reduce sodium intake may want to stay cautious of sodium levels in certain types of cheeses, canned vegetables and cereals. Alexander Ber concludes by recommending that all individuals consult their physician to determine what level of daily sodium intake is appropriate for them.
Alexandre Ber owns and operates Nutritional Needs in Houston, Texas. He works with customers to assess their dietary and health needs and creates plans to suit their lifestyles. Ber earned his bachelor’s degree in nutrition and foods from Texas State University. He engages in speaking opportunities at nursing homes, hospitals, schools, senior centers and other organizations to promote nutrition, exercise and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.