Childhood Obesity - Who Is In Control of What Your Children Eat?
Is there too much fast food in our diet?
Childhood Obesity is a Growing Problem
I guess this is a bit of a rant, but I can't help myself. I have seen so many articles in the news and papers, online, etc., that are talking about the problem of childhood obesity. Then I stand in line at the store and see little kids that are extremely over weight. When I look in the parents grocery cart, what do I see? Corn dogs, frozen pizza, frozen french-fries,cookies and pop! No fruit, no vegetables, but a lot of convenience foods. Now, I am driving back home and the drive-thru at the pizza place, as well as two “burger” places, are backed up beyond belief! What’s wrong with this picture!
How often are you in this line?
It's Too Easy to Say Yes
I know it is easy to just say yes, when the kids want pizza or hamburgers, but I think we say yes too often! Parents need to take control again. Can we prevent childhood obesity in our children? We as parents, are the only one who can prevent it from happening to our children. We have to be in control of what our children eat!
Where the Problem Begins
How important is your child’s health to you? Before the birth of the child, we don’t care if the child is a boy or a girl, if it has blue eyes or brown, if it is blond or brunette. The most important thing to us is that the child is healthy! Then for about 6 months, you feed the baby milk or formula. Then you move up to baby food. We are so careful to choose the right meats, fruits and vegetables to keep them healthy. After this point is where the problem begins!
Chicken nuggets, again?
Are You Eating Healthy?
At this point we begin to feed our children the same things as we eat. Now let’s look at what we are feeding our children. Have we moved up from feeding them fruits and vegetables as baby food to feeding the chicken nuggets and hamburgers? Are you in control of your own weight? Are you eating healthy? If you are, congratulations! You children will probably be also. You can stop reading this now! If you are not, why not?
Pizza Delivery is Just Too Easy!
Are We Really Too Busy?
So many of us are busy, busy people. We get the kids up and ready for day care or school. We rush to drop them off, then we rush off to work! Then we run errands on our lunch hour. Back to work for 4 more hours then off to pick up the kids. Now we need to run another errand…”Gosh, it’s so late now, I think I’ll just run by and pick up some pizza for dinner.” How many times a week do you do this? Hamburgers, pizza, chicken nuggets, french-fries, do you really think this is healthy? In moderation, these things are ok, but have we forgotten how important it is that our children are eating healthy?
Chocolate Chip Cookies
It's Ok to Say No
Which do you think is more important? Running that errand or cooking a healthy meal for your family? Have our priorities become re-arranged? How long will it take to bake some chicken and fix a salad? What type of snacks are we buying for our children, potato chips and cookies? What’s wrong with some grapes and baby carrots? Who makes the decision on what you buy at the store? Do you let your children talk you into buying those bags of chips and cookies? Is it just easier to say yes? It’s time to take control again! It’s ok to say no. Keep the "not so healthy" snacks as a “bribe”, if you will. If the kids eat their vegetables at dinner, they can have a couple of cookies for dessert.
A Much Healthier Snack
We Have to Take Control
Have we become so busy that we let have let our children’s health come in second? How important is it to you to sit down once a week and plan what we are going to feed our families? Plan out your meals with more vegetables and keep fruit around for snacks. Make out a healthy grocery list. Remember, we are the parents. We are the true teachers of our children. We have to teach our children to eat healthy before they become another statistic of childhood obesity. We are the ones that should be in control of what our children eat.
Look at the poll and see where you stand.
How many times a week do you feed your family "fast food"?
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