Parents Continue To Fatten Their Children For Slaughter
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