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We were talking about avoiding foods in my weight watchers meeting and several women said that all the "junk food" they buy for their kids is so hard to resist... My question:

WHY ARE THEY BUYING IT? Do they not realize that they are contributing to their child's unhealthy eating and future weight problems?!?!? Buy fruit and healthy snacks and that's what they will eat too!
Blows my mind, do they want their kids to be where they are, at a weight watchers meeting fighting their weight for the rest of their lives?!?!?

Mon. Aug 14, 5:00pm

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I have kids, and they don't eat a whole box of cookies at once..or a whole bag of chips..They know how to eat in moderation..They eat until they are full..They do also eat fruit, and healthy snacks, but I do buy junk too..

Monday, August 14, 2006, 5:04 PM

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I'm in my 30s, and I've spoken with people my age who were raised junk food-free. They said the first thing they did when they earned a little money babysitting or whatever was buy gummy bears and fritos and snickers. The non-athletic ones porked up in college when there were no parental controls. Most got it back under control because they were eating the junk in addition to the healthy stuff, so they never gave up their good habits. Just my 2 cents' worth.

Monday, August 14, 2006, 5:24 PM

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"junk" at my house is low fat granola bars, yogurt, fat free pudding cups, light ice cream sandwiches, etc...We do have chips, because my husband LOVES them, but they aren't allowed to eat them unless they're a side to a sandwich...not sit there with up to their armpits in a bag of chips. I don't feel guilty at ALL about "depriving" them of junk food

Monday, August 14, 2006, 5:25 PM

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That's awful. How do you resist the junk food you buy for kids? and this was in a weight watchers meeting?

Monday, August 14, 2006, 5:25 PM

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I grew up in a strictly no-junk-food household. You can still binge on granola and oatmeal bread, though, I'm the living proof of that!

Monday, August 14, 2006, 5:52 PM

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I grew up without junk too and I'm happy about it! I still eat balanced meals and even in college I ate crappy sometimes but my training as a child didn't allow me to gain 50 pounds like I've seen some people do!
Eating "junk food" like that just isn't in my life. I never lived that way so I don't miss it at all!

Monday, August 14, 2006, 6:03 PM

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eh, i grew up in a house of mostly healthy eating, but with some junk on hand. my mother was pretty good about giving us "healthy" meals and encouraging fruit and veggies, but also letting it be known that it was fine to have cookies or ice cream sometimes too. yet, i still end up with a weight problem as an adult.

parents are responsible for their kids eating habits, but once those kids become adults they have to make choices on their own, and they will make lots of wrong ones before they make right ones, regardless of what you teach them (about eating or anything else for that matter). the best bet is to give them a good foundation to take them into adulthood, show them what eating healthy is-they make not like it, but they will remember it. But also bake them a yummy cake when it comes time to celebrate once in a while!!!!

they general junkfood is one thing, but i hate how lots of restaurants offer as kids meals (and in general a lot of people feed their children this stuff everyday) nothing but chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, burgers and hotdogs. ick. all processed crap. i'd rather give my kid a healthy dinner at home and then give him potato chips or ice cream as "junk" than have their every meal be junk!

Monday, August 14, 2006, 7:59 PM

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This is personally a tough one for me. I walk on both sides of the fence. My husband doesn't eat as healthy as I would like. He drinks soda and I wouldn't have it in the house if it were only up to me. So because of him, my kids get to indulge more than I like . I try to explain to my children why something is not good for them so they will be able to make the right choices when they are on their own. They don't always like my choices but it's my responsibility to take care of them until they can take care of themselves.

As far as being tempted by the "junk" not at all. But my husband...that's another story!

Monday, August 14, 2006, 9:31 PM

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Heh, I just have to share about the soda drinking husband. Mine used to have a soda habit as well, and I encouraged him to drink water. He told me that there wasn't anything wrong with soda. He only drank a can or two a day. Then he got a kidney stone! Oh, the abject pain! It was highly motivational. He decided I may have been on to something with the whole water drinking theory and cut off his soda habit immediately. Something about NEVER wanting to do that again, EVER! He immediately saw a drop in his weight of about 30 pounds without much additional effort. Seven years later and he's still reaching for the water jug.

You can change your habits. I'm making sure my daughter doesn't grow up with his juice and pop habit. She also knows, on her own, that McDonalds (for example) is junk food and doesn't contain things that will help her grow up strong and healthy. She'd rather go to the Mongolian Grill. She's five. Kids can absorb a lot more than we give them credit for. Don't just cut everything out, but DO make it a "treat" that you have to go out for, rather than reach into the cupboard for.

Monday, August 14, 2006, 11:07 PM

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Yep - my parents were the same. Pop, burgers, fries, chips, candy, etc were all 'treats' that we might get once or twice a month - we didn't keep it in the house and they weren't things we got to have on a reglar basis. I still managed to gain weight by getting a sedentary, yet time-consuming job and eating way too much take-out and pre-packaged convenience food, but the damage wasn't bad and I consider myself lucky that I don't have to try to deal with uncontrollable cravings for sweets or salty food in addition to the effort I'm already making to lose weight and be healthier.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 1:40 AM

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