Okay, so this may seem a little off the path of usual topics. But frankly, I am passionate about it and it is a message I want to deliver to the world. And as it is my blog about whatever I want to write about. So here it goes! I am up on my soap box and ready to begin!
I spend a lot of my time talking to parents about nutrition for themselves. But feeding your children is just as important.
Parents have this funny attitude: kids can eat whatever they want because they do not gain weight. This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.
No, it is not healthy for your kids to eat pizza, chocolate, candy, cake, cookies, and packaged crap. No, the do not gain weight. It is like they have hollow legs seemingly. Just because they do not gain weight DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE HEALTHY.
Remember adult onset diabetes? That was what we used to call type II diabetes because it took years for us to do enough damage to our bodies to get this form of the disease.
Now we call it aquired diabetes. Why? Because children as young as 8, RIGHT YEARS OLD, are presenting the symptoms of this potentially debilitating disease.
Whats the worst part? It is totally preventable. Ask your pediatrition how many cases of type II diabtetes among youth under 14 existed two decades ago. It was almost unheard of!
But with the refined sugar, processed carbs, and fast food we pump into our kids we are trashing their bodies.
Some think this is akin to child abuse. I say it is child abuse. If you are going to pump your kids full of refined sugar, deep fried fast food, cakes, cookies, ice cream and candy, you might as well close all the windows in your car light up a couple packs of smokes and puff away. You are doing the same amount of damage to them.
Wait, it is illiegal to smoke with your kids in the car now.
No, your kids do not NEED a donught after the hockey game, or the mega muffin at the sports rink. They do not REQUIRE cookies and ice cream. No human on the face of the planet has a biological NEED for a dessert after a full meal in the evening.
Frankly, half the time I think that parents keep cookies and candy in the house so they can haveit around. How many times have I heard: “well, I had it in the house for the kids,” or, “I have to have there for the kids. They need it.” That is about the silliest thing I have ever heard.
These are all things that we WANT. You teach your kids to like and expect these things. You set them up for a lifetime of struggle with food choices, weight issues, and emotional distress because you thought it was OK to stock the house with sugar ladden crap. Just because they don’t gain any weight.
Stop it. Please. Help us save the chldren. I have spent years working with overweight kids and helping to counsel their parents with dealing with these issues.
I want to eliminate childhood obesity. I also want to change the way the yongest generation is eating and how we are teaching them to eat.
I know, I am not a parent. I just wouldn’t understand. When you have helped two children, who at 13 and 14 years old weighed in at over 1,000lbs, then you can tell me I do not understand.