Stop Child Abuse

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.
  1. Renee says:

    I don’t know, I think it’s more complicated than just saying “no,” especially not when terrible food surrounds us every day.
    So… One study found that children regulated caloric intake quite well on their own even if llowed junk food (but that the ability diminished with age, and was confounded by pop). Kids who are already fat are a different story, mind you – they’re at risk for all sorts of things, and will have life-long struggles. But (and I can’t find the study, sorry) another recent paper suggests that denying kids junk food altogether makes them 1) unable to learn how to make healthy food choices and 2) makes them associate junk with a “special treat,” behaviour which leads to gorging and overconsumption. The study found that if kids are presented with a wide range of food choices regularly, they’ll select sensibly much of the time. (Honestly, I actually know people who don’t like chocolate and cake. Hard to believe, but anyway. 🙂
    Anyway, I take a few things from those studies:
    1) Parents aren’t providing a range of food choices; they’re driving through and providing only one choice; they don’t have some veggies in the fridge next to the chip dip.
    2) Healthy meal-prep and portion control aren’t practised by parents, and kids are urged to overeat so that they don’t “waste” food.
    And there are so many studies that associate overeating with boredom or emotional issues that it’s not funny.
    So I don’t think it’s so much the cookies in the pantry that are the problem, it’s the day-to-day eating behaviour of the whole family that teaches kids the skills to eat well. If we’re sitting in front of the TV with a tub of Ruffles, instead of in the kitchen preparing ants on a log or a veggie plate, of course kids will think that’s normal and will emulate the example. They aren’t learning the ability to say “no,” or how to listen to their bodies and know when they’re actually satisfied.

    • Taylor says:

      Thanks for the reply Renee, it is always great to recieve educated and well though responses.
      I agree with your reponse. I do not advocate making cookies and treats something that is never allowed. My time at university was dedicated to sociology and I undersand that making these food options banned will only create a feeling of longing for them.
      I am more frustrated when kids are taught that every meal ends with dessert. There is no need for that. Once a week or so definitely add in treats. That is a more realistic lifestyle program and does allows for parties and variety.
      I also get frustrated with sporting events and the food we feed kids there. French fries, pizza, muffins, pastries and all of the other fare bought at concessions is terrible for the body. Especially when we are talking about young athletes whose bodies require a higher quality of food to ensure they keep fit and healthy. How many times at a local rink do you see kids get off the ice after hockey or figure skating and stuff down a large bag of french fries?
      Yes, all food can be incorporated and should be. But like cookie monster now says: cookies are a sometimes food.

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