Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Parents Continue To Fatten Their Children For Slaughter

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Yesterday I went to visit with some of my great friends Sherman, Vanessa and their son Avery in Chicago.  The discussion turned toward doing an event that deals with Childhood Obesity.  Whenever I am asked about doing such events I get excited and then I get on my soapbox.

So here we go again – Childhood Obesity is caused by bad parenting. Plain and simple.  There is no way around it.  We may argue that parents are doing the best the can or working with the knowledge they have, or that the government is sabotaging parents or not helping parents enough blah, blah, blah.

The truth of the matter is that parents reward their children with f-o-o-d instead of t-i-m-e.  Parents give their kids sugar instead of love.  It is cheap and easy to take a child to fast food instead of sitting down with that child at the dinner table and actually talking to them.  Instead of taking a kid to the park on the weekend, parents would rather stick children in front of a TV to play video games.  Fat Kids = Bad Parents.

Think about this.  We cannot say it is the child’s fault.  They have a limited base of knowledge to work from.  Children simply don’t know better.  We cannot blame the food industry because it is the parents job to guard what comes into their kids lives. So who’s to blame?  That’s right – parents.

I don’t say these things to belittle parents.  I actually do not have any children of my own.  But I know from experience what shaped me and what shapes kids in general. Parents.

I grew up the child of a mentally ill mother who moved us around a lot.  A whole lot.  And in many of the places we lived she did not cut on the natural gas service to run the stove.  No natural gas meant no home cooked meals.  I lived on fast food – literally.  And this was in the 70’s before it was popular to live on fast food.  No wonder I ‘grew’ to over 400 pounds.

A friend of mine told me once that her mother told her to always have a meat with her starch.  I never learned that.  It took me actually doing research to learn this.  The science behind this is that protein slows down the digestive process allowing carbohydrates to be broken down more in the digestive tract which helps slow the absorption into the body.

So now that I have gone on this rant I will come back and write about how to take some positive steps to improve your child’s eating habits including Vanessa’s own teaching to her son Avery.

Remember, as the parent – YOU are responsible for your child’s health.

Talk to you soon and remember,

There’s A Winner Within You

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  2. Winnerwithinfan says:

    Pete—I couldn’t agree more!!! I am obese. I have struggled since childhood where I was sat in front of a tv not even ALLOWED to play sports even though I wanted to and BEGGED to. I remember being told I was fat and needed to stop eating so much at the age of 8 and then in the next breathe being given a bowl full of blue bell ice cream (the best ice cream in the country made in texas and FULL of you guessed it TONS of sugar and FAT) As and adult I realize i have the POWER to change and it is up to me. I can’t blame anyone anymore for who I am.

    Thankfully I have a great reflective side of myself and an ability to seem my shortcomings and try as hard as I can to not put those on my child. He’s 8. He’s a very healthy weight (very tall for his age but hey we can’t help that can we 😉 😉 He asks how many calories are in things. He freaks out usually if there’s not a vegetable with his food. He knows how many servings of fruit, veggies, meats, grains, and dairy he should have and most days gets the right amount. We eat out often because of our schedule but he makes healthy choices. He’s active in sports and karate and we go to they Y together since he was little. Although I struggle daily with my weight I have made HUGE efforts for my child to not follow down the path I was forced to take as a child.

    I applaud you for taking a stand for this and would LOVE to help you in anyway I can with this effort. I’m a school teacher (we met when I auditioned for BL 9) and live near you so let me know what I can do if anything for you! If nothing less you can use me as an example as well.

  3. Carla says:

    I totally agree with the author. I suppose parents who stuff their children like thanksgiving turkeys in their own way don’t know how to genuinely love and communicate, and I don’t doubt they love their children. However, what they are essentially doing is abusing and neglecting them in several aspects. my life is a mirror of the the author’s life. i had to learn things on my own when most people were well on their way to establishing their lives. it took me longer to grow up too because I was still craving the love and attention most kids naturally get from their parent/parents. some parents I’ve seen say they are doing it because they love their child, but really what that is is no different than a feeder/eater relationship you find in some ‘romantic’ situations, and most of us find that appalling. i know with my own mother she denies any responsibility to this day, but then it goes back to having issues of her own. As an adult, I am responsible for what goes into my body, but life would have been exponentially easier and better had I been given time and love rather than sweets and junk and been taught to be active. it’s like a drug once you’ve gotten a taste for it and very difficult to overcome, but not impossible. On top of that, living through childhood and adulthood as a super morbidly obese person, or even morbidly obese, most people don’t love themselves or respect themselves because of the misery of being so large on top of the social rejection. for people like this, well for anyone, the love and self respect must come from within to conquer it. a child has no concept of that and so they are essentially doomed with parents who believe them stuffing them and having the tv babysit them is ok.

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