…Half of the kids in the U.S. don’t get enough calcium.
…By the teen years, it’s worse. Eight-five percent of girls and 60% of boys don’t have this important bone building block. What are their bones going to be made of? Cheetos?
…Children 4-8 should be getting 800 mgs, teens, 1300 mgs.
…Experts advise thinking of your kid’s body as a bank. You can keep depositing calcium until your child is 18. By then 90% of the skeleton is in place.
…From then on, bone starts to erode, leading to brittle oldsters and women with humped backs.
…But you don’t even have to wait. More kids are breaking bones now! Teeth and gums are unhealthier than ever! Rickets is even back due to a lack of Vitamin D.
…What can you do, Mom and Dad? Chuck the sodas and load up on skim milk or 1% or 2%.
…Offer cheese, yogurt, and green leafies. Hey, Popeye was cool—and he liked spinach!