An eight-year-old on lipitor?

I recently saw in the headlines that the U.S. National Institutes of Health is reccomending that children aged 9 to 11 yrs. old be tested for high cholesterol so as to prevent heart disease. (Normally only children with a family history of heart disease, or those who are obese, have high blood pressure or diabetes are tested.)


I also read that 1/3 of American children and teenagers are obese or overweight. And? The U.S. government estimated that 10-13% of all of the children in the country have high cholesterol (a score of 200) or above. AND, the "American Academy of Pediatrics already advises that children as young as 8 can safely use cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as Lipitor and Zocor." [whoa.]


This is so sad. Why? Because this is so preventable.

Where are these parents? This is not ok. We need to learn how to feed our children properly with nutrition and moderation in mind. NO YOU MAY NOT HAVE TWO DOUBLE-CHEESEBURGERS FOR DINNER.

This is quickly going to be a nation of Augustus Gloops.

Remember Augustus from the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? He was the "overweight", gluttonous German boy who ate like it was his job. Constantly. All the time. He couldn't stop.

"Oh, Augustus!"

Upon further inspection of the photo at the top of this post, it appears that August Gloop (far left), is  thinner than most U.S. children.

I guess in 1971 that was considered big.

In 2005, a new movie was made and in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory they plumped up the August Gloop character a bit... perhaps in an effort to not make 1/3 of all U.S. children and teenagers feel badly aobut themselves.


Absolutely and 100% preventable.


P.S. The lipitor patent expires at the end of November and I recently read that sales of this cholesterol-lowering drug are the highest in pharmaceutical history -- since 1997 sales have reached $183 billion.

That's a lot of high cholesterol.


Sources here and here and here and here and here.



  1. That really is disgusting. It's because the parents also eat like crap and wouldn't have the 1st clue on how to teach healthy eating habits to their children.

  2. I don't like this one bit. Unfortunately, when I talk about feeding Brady healthy food (when he's old enough) family looks at me weird. What? you don't want him to have candy, cookies, pop, etc? I saw a post on facebook regarding my nephew. His grandma watched him on this particular day and he ate the following: pop, candy, nachos and pizza. Okay, so if I leave B with them, this is what I can expect? no thanks.

    these are the same people that discouraged me from having a natural, med-free labor.

    Sorry to rant, but this is not acceptable.

  3. My husband has told me that the definitions of 'obese' and 'overweight' were changed a decade or two ago so that more people fit into the categories - overnight, there was a hugt influx of overweight Americans. Wasn't Marilyn Monroe a size 12 or 14, which would be considered overweight by todays standards?
    A diet high in fiber and protein and low in carbs (similar to, but not as extreme as the Adkins diet) that is mostly recommended for diabetics is the best, my husband claims. (Citing the documentary "Fat Head," which was made in response to the documentary "Super Size Me.")
    Parents need to step up; our government - or government run agencies - have no right telling us what is healthy or not. It is sad to think 8-year-olds have no alternative to avoiding high cholesterol than to take (perscription) drugs.

  4. Just have to add - my cousin K, who lives in Phoenix and has been a vegetarian (now Vegan) since age 8 - a decision purely her own after going fishing with our Papa Jack - was diagnosed with high cholesterol around 11 or 12 years old. She is as thin as a rail and has always been. She eats, and pretty much always has, 85% fruits and veggies. She is probably the healthiest eater I have ever known in my life.

    There is no one else in our family with cholesterol problems, so it's very odd. No family hx, obnoxiously good diet, weird.

    I guess I'm saying I don't think it's a bad idea to screen for this stuff (I cannot remember whey she was tested in the first place) as you just never know. That said, I agree with you that this "fad" of poor diet choices is alarming. Joss gets a cheeseburger happy meal every so often, and she certainly enjoys it. But she typically asks for cucumbers or watermelon about 5 bites in! I *HOPE* I am teaching her to be a better eater than I have been.


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