Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Childhood Obesity- I Think It's Child Abuse.
Yesterday I was out and about running errands. Walgreen's first, then Wal-Mart, and the grocery store, and last but not least meeting up with the parents for dinner at a local restaurant.
I've obviously noticed before, but I wasn't exactly 100% aware until yesterday just how serious the issue really is. Not only how many obese individuals there are now, but how many obese children there are today. I actually counted them, and when I hit 58 in the span of 2 hours, I stopped counting. It was a disgusting feeling. My heart goes out to these kids.
So what is it? Whose fault is it? Or is nobody at fault?
Some people place the blame on the fast food industry, or those easy frozen foods. But I don't think that's it. Not at all.
C'mon people. I'm a parent, too. I know how difficult it can be.
Don't give me excuses about being too busy. Everyone's busy. If you love your children as much as you say you do, you make time.
Don't give me excuses about being able to cook. A five year old can fix a salad and sandwich, and there are so many recipes that do not involve "cooking". If you say that to me, I will just say "you're lazy". Take an extra 10 minutes to go prepare a meal for your kid. I'm not saying it's a bad thing to take your kid out to Micky D's or Denny's every once in a while. But that's the key. Every-Once-In-A-While. Not for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, 24/7 a yr.. Same goes for Dunkin Donuts. I worked in a Pre-school a few years ago where the mother was so "strapped for time" (notice the snotty quotes?) that she would go through the drive-through every morning and purchase 3 or 4 donuts for her sons breakfast. Donuts are not a nutrient rich supplement, especially for little growing bodies. Donuts=junk food.
Also, don't give me an excuse that you "just don't like" healthy food. You don't have to eat tofu and hummus every day. All you have to do is incorporate healthy foods into each meals. Like, for example, substituting beef with turkey. Or making the switch to whole wheat instead of white bread. Little things can make a world of difference.
Can you tell I'm pissed about this issue. Hell yes I am!
Did you know that some young girls, barely into grade school, are showing the first signs of puberty. A study published this week in the journal Pediatrics finds that these early maturers are far more common now than just a decade ago. The researchers suggest the epidemic of childhood obesity - one in five U.S. children ages 6 to 11 - may be the cause of precocious development. That's insane. And sad. It makes me want to take on all of these parents and yell "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING!?!"
Let me just say this. I understand that in some cases, children really can't help being overweight. It might be a thyroid problem, or genes, or some other problem that really can't be helped. In those cases, I'm sympathetic. I really am. But right now we're having an obesity epidemic. And it's a crisis. Do you know that because of sad reality obsesity will threaten to cut U.S life expectancy by as much as 5 yrs if something isn't done. We get excited that people are living longer, but now it's being reversed. Because we are getting lazy.
So am I being ridiculous when I say Childhood Obesity is child abuse? I don't believe so. Children learn what they live.
The parent is there to guide, love and protect. Excuse me, but if you're feeding your kids TV dinners, pizza and/or fast food the majority of the time, then YOU ARE NOT DOING YOUR JOB. You are the parent. You are in charge. You buy the food. There's no guarantee your kid will live to be 90 yrs of age, but let me tell you. I'm just a mom and I'm no doctor, but if you start them out on the right path, there's a hell of a larger chance they'll see that 90th birthday.
That's been reeling around in my head and my fingers are hurting from typing so fast.
I'm done. If you do agree, pour your heart out. If you don't agree, same goes.
What is your take on this issue?