How funny is a child with high cholesterol? Pretty funny on SNL.

Please stay safe on this busiest travel day of the year; Happy Thanksgiving.

Last week, I blogged about the new recommendations from our National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute that we begin testing children for high cholesterol at the age of nine. (See Protecting Children link below) Not thinking anyone would be able to make a joke out of kids with high cholesterol, guess I had forgotten how Saturday Night Live made a joke last year about diabetes. Quoting from page 197 in the final chapter of our book:

Seth Meyers on SNL; if his humor helps us come to our senses, then he is providing a much-needed service.

Citing a new report from the CDC, the article (10-22-2010 in USA Today) says, “[O]ne in ten U.S. adults has diabetes now. The prevalence is expected to rise sharply over the next 40 years with as many as one in three having the disease, primarily type 2 diabetes, according to the report, published in the journal Population Health Metrics.”

The next evening on Saturday Night Live, Seth Meyers commented on that same CDC report during the Weekend Update portion of the show, saying, “That can’t be too surprising—for a country that uses fried chicken as bread.”

High cholesterol promotion kit -- works great for adults and kids of all ages; the KFC Double Down Burger.

Referring of course to KFC’s Double-Down sandwich (shown here) featuring bacon and cheese tucked between two fried chicken patties. Once again, Seth came through this past Saturday night, on 11-19-11, successfully making his audience laugh while describing the latest test for detecting high cholesterol in children. “The test is simple; just ask the child their name, and if they can’t answer because their mouth is full of bacon, they have high cholesterol.”

This kind of humor just reinforces the fact that everyone knows down deep inside what a toxic diet we’re consuming. We’re not just eating too much food; we’re eating the wrong food. And, our humor just reflects what people already know or suspect. But when does that humor influence us to go a step further — to start taking the genuine protection of our children’s health seriously — just as 99.9% of the parents do when it comes to protecting them from predators.

Of course you know what follows high cholesterol in children right? Cholesterol lowering drugs for children.

And how do we protect our children’s health? By just saying NO to the rich Western diet that is loaded with meat, dairy, sugar, oil and highly refined carbohydrates. We know that up do 80 percent of our diseases (and our cost of health care) are driven by our food choices. We know those choices are bad, yet we keep on making those same bad choices.

Not interested in protecting your own health? Fine. But what about your children? If you’re not looking after their health, who is? This is no joking matter. Take them for a lifetime ride on the 4-Leaf Train. You, they and their children will be glad you did. Here’s that post about protecting our children and another one about Thanksgiving.

Protecting our children. And not just from predators.

Thanksgiving; being thankful for vibrant health and more.

J. Morris Hicks, author and activist. Working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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