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Are We Making our Children Fat and Unhealthy?


As an individual who makes it my goal not to judge others I couldn’t help but eat my words the other day while waiting in line at my local grocer to be rung up. While my basket wasn’t filled to the brim with organic, “crunchy” worthy eats, I was mindful of the food items that I selected, especially those that would be given to my children.

The basket in question was full of sodas, cookies, prepackaged foods, and just all out junk. One glance at the mother and one glance at the child and I knew this overweight child was being set on the wrong path regarding health and wellness and it just didn’t sit well with me. While I wasn’t the best at not judging in this instance I did master the art of minding my own business so I set my thoughts on the idea that parents inevitably set the standard for children’s behaviors regarding food and health at a very young age.

As a child I was only allowed to eat Raisin Bran and I was only allowed 2 cookies at a time. I was mostly directed to eat fruit when I wanted something sweet. Now as an adult I find it hard to devour a full sleeve of cookies and I have no issue with getting in my fruits and veggies and neither do my children.

To be fair, back in the day a lot of the information regarding food and health wasn’t as readily available as it is today. We now hear it nonstop, we are bombarded with images showing the consequences of not taking care of our bodies, recipes and information are free. While I know there are socio economic issues in some areas preventing the purchase of healthy foods, it just seems for the most part to me people aren’t really concerned even though the information is out there for FREE.

My thought is as a parent if you are facing health issues why try not to avoid those things happening to your children by parenting better when it comes to health and wellness.

What are you teaching your children when it comes to taking care of their bodies? Are you setting good standard and building a good foundation for healthy living.

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  • I agree! My mother didn’t let us have ANY candy. In fact, i really don’t recall having a piece of candy( other than candy canes and the lollipop from the dr) until I was about 10. With my son, I’m the same way. He has had lollipops from the dr and that’s about it. And I started him off on water, and even now he prefers it to juice. I think that if you don’t give them anything but healthy options, they will think that it’s normal. So that’s what I’m working on, making him think healthy eating is the norm
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  • Sadly most of the junk food is cheaper. I am very concious about what I feed my son. Sweets are rare in our house so apple sauce is usually as good as it gets most days. I feel terrible when he has eaten too much processed foods for my liking. I understand that children are hard to feed but it helps to start the habits early on. If they know that the “good” junk food is available they will most likely refuse the healthier options. My son drinks mostly water and almond milk throughout the day because we have made it a habit. He actually has never had soda before. So when people offer him sweet things, we say No.
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  • When I was growing up, our treat was peanut butter & saltines. My mother never bought store brand cookies or cakes. My girls are now 18 & 24, but I never had the money to buy all the junk food.

    We always had “movie night” on Fridays & that is when I would let them eat popcorn, treat soda & eat chocolate (because you just can’t eat popcorn without chocolate), but the rest of the week, I tried to serve healthy snacks.

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  • I agree but I also think there there is a psychological issue at play here. I have many family who are obese and even though they know what they should and shouldn’t eat, they don’t want their children to be obese, etc. they continue to eat this way. Sure they’ve tried many diets and failed. But when you get in the 400 pound range (which many in my family are) you are talking more than just knowing better and stopping, it’s something that requires psychological help. Since many don’t see this as an issue that a psychiatrist/psychologist handles and the media plays it as a simple go on a diet thing, these people are not getting the real help they need to end the cycle.
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  • As Joi said, kids are definitely a product of their environment. We eat healthy most of the time, but it’s not like the kids never eat junk. I do buy some processed foods. It was interesting, I ran into a friend of mine who is very into nutrition (she’s a doctor but more on the naturopath side of things) studying the chip section one day and she said to me that her son had friends coming over so she wanted to have some stuff so the kids didn’t feel like there was nothing to eat. She is very knowledgable but even she recognizes that sometimes kids want junk. I laughed because I had PopTarts in my cart, which I never buy, but I had picked up as treat for my son, and of course I run into her. So I said I had basically done the same thing and she said you know, its not so horrible if you don’t do it all the time. As long as the kids realize it’s not real food and it’s not a good choice, it’s not that big of a deal. I tend to agree. It’s better to use it all as teaching moments. My son knows it’s not real food. And most of the time he’ll choose fruits and veggies over processed. The other thing that makes things tough is the junk food is cheaper. There is never coupons for the good stuff and it doesn’t tend to go on sale either.
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