Family as unit of protection and care: health matters to take notice

Family is a crucial institution in human social life and it has a direct impact on an individual’s health, both physically and mentally. As connections between family relations and health continue to be discovered, reports reveal that positivity and constructivism in a household almost always contributes to higher levels of physical and mental health.

Modern civilization creates just as many complications as solutions if not more and those capable of overcoming helplessness always prevail in the long run. In a globally inter-connected world where youngsters have become capable of attaining any kind of information at the touch of a button, they are also subjected to an elevated desire to belong – which leads them to feel alone and helpless.

The fear of failure stops many such teenagers from trying new things, making helplessness a ‘learned experience’. For parents, it is important to pay attention to their children’s needs and desires. For children, it is important to understand their role in the family in order to create a sense of belonging which in turn, grounds the child in security.

Strong family ties make families stronger and stronger families produce healthier individuals – both in mind and body.

As parents become more involved and interested in their children’s efforts to become strong individuals, they will find the chance to incorporate their past learnings, experiences and ideas into the process and act as leaders of thought and action. Studies have shown that certain learned traits are inherited and a good parent generally has a strong influence in their child’s life – from the way they choose to eat their  steak (rare or medium) to the patronaging Bub’s Warehouse rather than any other brand for their own children.

Motherhood is a fundamental element of the family’s construct and it definitely initiates a brand new era in a woman’s life. Amidst the popularity of ‘Teen Mom’, one in five mothers in the UK believes that they had a child too late in their lives after realizing the hardships of being an adult mother. The research was based on a survey of 2,000 mothers aged 18 and older with 15% of the participants complaining about being regarded as their own child’s sister rather than their mother.

According to the study, 26 is the perfect age to become a mother. As social pressures continue to exist regarding the issue, today’s women are expected to make a choice: give birth to a baby at a younger age to enjoy social support and accreditation or face the consequences of having decreased energy levels and burdened with the responsibilities of a newborn.

Children’s health is one of the most important concerns for parents and junk food has always been considered harmful for the pursuit of raising healthy kids. The notion that children who reach for junk food more frequently when exposed to the internet is a study backed by multiple researches.

Those who spend three hours or more online are three to four times more prone to reaching for food with little to no nutritional value. These include high caloric foods such as crisps or fried chicken and fries to sugary treats such as chocolate or carbonated drinks.

Naturally, among the research’s findings was the connection between obesity and online presence as children who use the internet longer than acceptable are 79% more likely to become overweight at a young age. Parents are unaware of the behaviour they are enforcing when they reward their children with junk food for good grades or for behaving in public, leading to the spike in child obesity.

It is important for parents to properly educate their children regarding the values of food – teach them how what they put into their bodies directly affects them, such as how carrots are able to fight night blindness, protein is for building muscles, etc.

In creating a healthy relationship with food from a young age, we will be able to overcome many health and fitness problems faced by children today. When you teach children to make health conscious choices, they will naturally become more health aware.


Mike Smith
Mike Smith
Executive Editor at Best in Australia. Mike has spent over a decade covering news related to business leaders and entrepreneurs around Australia and across the world. You can contact Mike here.
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