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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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