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Overweight Children - Who's to blame?

I think most of us are aware that there is a nationwide epidemic of obesity on the rise in children.

In my opinion and it is a strong one, I view overweight children as children that are neglected. I believe that an overweight child suffers the same as a starving one.

Love is not the issue. It's a form of neglect and I'm so infuriated that more isn't done, that parents aren't being held accountable.

I was in the grocery store today and there was an overweight mother pushing a cart, and behind her, her son who looked to be about 10 years old, maybe close to 5 ft. tall, and must have weighed over 200 lbs. The worst part, he was gulping down a mega sized energy drink! It took everything in me not to say something to the mother. I wouldn't have said anything nasty, but truly heartfelt. I was just afraid of saying something and getting into an argument or something in front of her son.

I know this post is extremely opinionated, but it just breaks my heart to see children this way. Not only is it unhealthy for them, but being that severely overweight makes life hard on them in many aspects. I can speak to this, because twice in my life I have been fat. When I was a teenager, I put on some pounds and after I gave birth to my son, and I tell ya, people are mean and life wasn't so peachy during those times.

Whew.........had to get that out :)

Fri. Nov 9, 9:44pm

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I agree... but what are a mother and father that weigh 300 lbs going to teach their children about nutritional foods? They aren't doing anything to help themselves many times, let alone their children. It is sad. Mega sized pops and candy bars and fast food don't help matters any. I am fortunate enough to be able to teach my children about healthy choices and eating right while they are young and I am trying to change my eating habits because of them. I dont want to be a fat mom with two fat kids trailing behind me that look just like me.

Friday, November 09, 2007, 9:57 PM

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Boy this is a tough thing for me to grasp. I have all kinds of opinions about how to or not to deal with an adult that is overweight. But when it comes to a child this is a touchy place to go.
I think of myself, dealing with my emotions with food. Not that I knew at the time that is what I was doing. Then there is the thought of relatives with overweight children and should you say something to the parent or child.
I have been guilty of taking the kids to get unhealthy food. At the time that was my life style and I still fight it. When you are in the midst of it you can't see it. You don't realize. Then now that I am looking at it from the other side I want to give healthy foods to my loved ones. And it is easy to explain the importance of eating healthy but can you do that without pointing a finger at them and their weight. And will they take it as guilt? I would have.
I don't know, but I do think that something needs to be done about the problem. Our kids deserve it. Don't they?

Friday, November 09, 2007, 11:43 PM

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I too am trying to change my eating habits because i see how my 9 year old is taking on mom's poor eating habits. For me it's sugar (cakes,cookies,chocolate). I have two adult children 29&21and when I was pregnant with them i prayed that they would not be overweight They adopted some of my habits but lucky for them they inherited dad's body makeup. I have always had alove affair with food. In retrospect I guess I was filling a void. Mom left dad when I was 9 months old. I guess it was hard on my father trying to raise 2 small children (I have an older brother).We were moved around alot between dad and both sets of grandparents.It was harder for me than my brother .Things happened to me during those moves. Food became a comfort like a fix. I am trying now to really face my reasons for sometimes making poor choices when it comes to food before it becomes an issue for my youngest. It has to be do as I do more so than do as I say.

Saturday, November 10, 2007, 12:48 AM

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let's not generalize

after having said this, I will expand ...

I think that kids learn from their parents - what they teach them and what they do themselves - which teaches kids on an unconscious level. parents who eat poorly and don't exercise are setting a poor example for their kids.

in my home, I provide lots of fresh foods - lots of cut up veggies and fruits, prepare healthy homecooked meals, talk to them how important it is to fuel their bodies, encourage exercise, do it with them in the form of fun things and I take them to the child care at the gym so they know its just as important for me. I am teaching them by example. BUT I also never restrict them from the over abundance of empty caloried foods around.... they can have junkie things as well, in moderation.. i do take them to mcdonalds - on occasion - not often.. i don';t tell them these things are BAD.. I just unconsciously help them make better choices, educate them and provide them with good food. i dont want them to be forced to clean their plate - like I had to do... if they are not so hungry at dinner, no problem, they can have a bedtime snack of something that is nutritiously sound.... I grew up thin and wasn't obese until I was older - I was obese because of my extreme relationship with food - now I lead by example and don't want my kids to have extreme thinking about food, as I did. I am not overweight anymore and I see that this approach is working for my kids - they eat right and are slim and active.

Saturday, November 10, 2007, 2:44 AM

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When I'm at the gym I can see into the pool, and I see more and more kids showing up for their lessons with huge bellies! I mean these are little 6 and 8 and 10 year old boys with tummies hanging over and past the waist of their shorts! This isn't even about emotional eating at that age, because they don't know enough to have hangups yet. This is about a parent seeing a fat little kid and still not saying "no, you cannot have another cookie." Makes me feel so bad for the kids :(

Saturday, November 10, 2007, 2:50 AM

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