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Children are born into this world unknowing It is up to their parents to raise them and teach them right from wrong As children grow they often pick up their parents values morals and attitudes Often when children get into middle school they begin to be more individualistic During this time children often follow their friends and give into peer pressure It is through this testing of the waters that children began to formulate their own opinions and attitudes based upon their own life experiences Health For me growing up many of these topics were never really discussed formally Health for me I have always seen as referring to just physical health not mentally or emotionally As I have gotten older I have begun to incorporate mental and emotional health into my overall definition of health As a child I never really gave it much thought however as I turned 18 my view began to change somewhat My father had a triple heart bypass surgery at age 41 By age 43 he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and pretty much told he had ten years to live After open heart surgery he was diagnosed with diabetes My father had never been a smoker or a drinker but he is an eater To this day my dad still eats pretty much whatever he wants when he wants His doctors have told him that he needs to change his lifestyle and eat better but he still eats dozens of twinkies cheeseburgers and junk food Good health proper nutrition and healthy eating are concepts that I have had to learn on my own I still have problems with these concepts now Chronic Illness I see my fathers condition as a chronic illness From my parents I have learned that these topics such as health and chronic illness are not something to be taken seriously They have been treated like a joke and minimized I have
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