Why Don’t French Kids Have ADHD? This is a great question that as a parent I don’t have an answer to. Here’s an excerpt from the article above:
In the United States, at least 9% of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5%. How come the epidemic of ADHD—which has become firmly established in the United States—has almost completely passed over children in France?
I was appalled to see that 9% – 9 PERCENT – of children in the U.S. are diagnosed with ADHD as opposed to 0.5% in France. Say it ain’t so! I don’t get it! What’s wrong with our society that we could allow something like this to be allowed. Is it because as parents we are too lazy? We look for the easy way out and we treat the symptoms instead of the root cause of the problem.
I daresay that it’s easy to see this phenomenon in our medical profession as a whole. I remember when I went to the Doctor and my cholesterol was extremely high, my doctor’s immediate response was to out me on Lipitor! Instead of trying to figure out what caused my high count, I was given a pill. I had another doctor try to give me an inhaler for asthma, but I was determined to not be dependent on medications, so I did something about it. (See my blog post on being Healthy).
I think one of the reasons for this kids ADHD epidemic is that kids are not active enough. A lot of kids are sedentary from the time they get home from school till the next day. What are they doing? They’re watching TV or playing video games.
Another reason is that a lot of kids feast on junk food as part of their regular diet. Foods filled with processed sugars, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Fats alter personalities. Soda with caffeine, as well as other fast food all contribute to the epidemic as outlined in the article.
So how do we fix this? Get outside with our kids and eat healthy and we will be much better off.
Smile and remember that today is another opportunity to Play It By Ear!