Recently, I took my oldest son to the doctor for his school shots and physical. The doctor suggested that he have a cholesterol test… just because. Both of my boys are healthy… rarely sick… don’t miss school… very active… involved in sports… normal weight.
We did not expect the phone call saying that his cholesterol was high… at 12 years old. The doctor seemed a little dumbfounded as well since his weight was normal and he is considered active. Normal range is total cholesterol <170 and LDL (bad cholesterol) <110. He had total of 228 and LDL 149. High!
Since then, every grocery store trip has me on high alert. I’ve done a lot of research and changed his diet a little. What I found shocked me… maybe you are more food conscience and already knew all this… or never would consider feeding your child certain things, but I didn’t know and did feed them those things.
Most of us are aware of the nutrition summary on food packages. I, however, was unaware that this summary also contained cholesterol information. When I started checking, I was shocked… and saddened… at the numbers on some of the “convenience foods” that my boys eat. By “convenience foods,” I mean the things I feed them on nights when I don’t feel like cooking. For example, spaghetti o’s, bagel bites, Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, and lunchables. This isn’t an all-inclusive list of the bad foods that I gave my kids when I was lazy… but it gives you an idea.
Since the test, we have cut out all of the above… we added more fresh fruit… went from whole milk to 2% milk… and I’ve started looking before buying everything. Cholesterol even varies among flavors of the same product. Don’t assume… always check. While you are at it, check the websites of the restaurants that you go to for their nutrition information. That will shock you even more!
I share this because I know that I’m not the only mom that feeds her children crap… because it’s easy. We have to pay more attention. I know that some of you are unhealthy yourselves. Maybe you aren’t willing to make a change for yourself… just because you are comfortable… just because… well, frankly, just because you choose not to. But, these are our kids… we owe it to them. We have to provide healthy things for them… we have to regulate how much and what they eat… we have to make sure that they exercise… we have to!
Changing diet does work. He had another test two weeks after the first. He went from 228/149 to 197/125. This is still considered borderline, but we’ve only just implemented the changes. I think we are well on the way to having this under control. I am thankful for finding out now so we could change our habits. Just thought maybe you’d like to know, too. 🙂
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” 1 Corinthians 6:19