Sunday, October 24, 2010

Overweight…..Children

Do you have friends with children who are extremely overweight? I’m not talking about cute chubby babies, but rather the kiddos who indulge in significant amounts of sugary foods and drinks.

Young children don’t understand what a poor diet does to their system and how it will affect their long term health. Kids rely on parents to give them proper nutrition guidance. I understand some cultures view providing kids with sugar and indulgent foods as a sign of affluence. That being said, with a projection of 1 in 3 Americans having diabetes by 2050, when does intelligence prevail?

My question is, would you say anything to those parents who support poor nutrition with their kids? Do you believe providing mainly fatty and sugary food to a kiddo is a form of child abuse?

17 comments:

  1. This is such a touchy subject. I don't know if I could personally say anything to a person, but I do think that it is a form of abuse. It really is our responsibility as parents to keep our children heathy and happy. So many young children these days are already developing type 2 diabetes and they haven't even reached their teens yet! But usually in my experience the children that I have seen that are obese usually their parents are too, so if they themselves don't have the strength, knowledge or whatever to take care of themselves how can they teach that to their children. I know that all I can do is set a good example for my boys and make sure that they eat well and are active. I don't know what we can do to change peoples attitudes to change those scary statistics!

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  2. Great topic. Our pediatrician always says "Skinny is not the problem in America." I think it could be considered child abuse, to knowingly provide a child with unhealthy foods and contribute to their weight, health, and self esteem issues is wrong. But, I also think that some parents just don't know any better. They were raised on the same diet, or they want to please their children so they give in all the time. I can see how this happens...

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  3. I LOVE THIS TOPIC...I was just talking about it yesterday!I know it happens a lot considering there is so much obesity, but I totally think it is child abuse...I mean come on you are pretty much giving your kids bad food in order to make them happy and sometimes people do it to shut them up in a way...their kids complain there is no snacks and out the parent goes and buys the snacks, so they will not upset their kids....when in return they should do their jobs as parents and tell their child NO and explain what eating healthy is. I understand sometimes the parents themselves are bad eaters but there is NO BIGGER EXAMPLE that you are eating bad then when we see your child overweight... I mean you have to realize you are doing something wrong...there are so many healthy choices and I know sometimes they are more expensive, but so are the doctors bills you will rack up eating badly! Sometimes I snack badly but I never let our kids, I do not want to damage them on part of my wanting to treat my body badly I am an adult and make my own choices but they are children and we as parents need to be adult enough to make the RIGHT choices for them, sometimes we have to say no but in the end its the best for them! I am not saying you need to be a food demon but moderation is best! Kids can and should have sweets but not all day 247 they are called treats/sweets for a reason!

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  4. wow, totally a SUBJECT I love to talk about and we were just talking about that diabetes statistic yesterday. YES I think your children WILL eat what you put in front of them, eventually. I was always told I was horrible for not bringing ice cream into our house, but I am a firm believer that my children will know "good" food vs "bad" food. now when we go to b-day parties, my son may eat it but its not "DEMANDED" from him...he knows that treats are TREATS, not an all the time thing. This TOPIC is soooo why I created my health blog-parents MUST set the good examples, it breaks my heart seeing children SO overweight. Obesity is a vicious cycle that seems to be killing more of our population as our foods and portions grow even more out of control. Children are looking for GUIDANCE and its just sad when its not given to them properly.

    OUTSTANDING topic that NEEDS discussion...thank you for bringing it up :)

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  5. This is a real sensitive subject. I don't think I would say something to most people but if it was someone I was close to (a sibling or a best friend) I'm sure it would come up. I think a child being overweight is more than just the food they're eating. It's exercise too. I don't think a parent would intentionally hurt their child by providing poor food choices but sometimes it's just something that gets out of control. Many parents make food choices based on convenience and most convenience foods are not healthy. Sometimes it comes down to money too because most healthy foods are not the cheapest. Another reason is because some parents just don't know. I fit into this category to a certain extent. I wasn't raised on a healthy diet and was overweight as a kid (as was one of my brothers). I'm still overweight but don't want to see the same for Abby so I work hard at learning how to cook healthy. I am constantly looking up new recipes and struggling with new healthy snack ideas. So, although I can understand the choices some people make, I don't agree with it. Even if you don't know how to eat differently there is so much information out there for you to learn. I would never want Abby to have the struggles I did and that's the most important part of parenting: giving your kids something better than you had.

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  6. My parents neighbors brought their 4-year-old daughter over to play with my child one weekend I was visiting. This little girl was about 90 pounds.

    As an acquaintance of friend, I could never say anything. If that was my niece, I'd have to speak up for the kid.

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  7. My mom was a healthy mama and I so appreciated that growing up. Then I married a not healthy boy and he has really taken a toll on my eating habits over the past 10 years. I never would have dreamed of buying sodas...seriously, they were a treat for maybe once a month but, not everyday! Thanks for this reminder. I want to start training my family to be healthier and this needs to start now while my munchkin is still young!

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  8. For the most part, parents are absolutely responsible for not only providing a healthy diet, but modeling one as well.

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  9. SUCH a tough question. I think it is a parents responsibility to make their kids eat healthy, but unless said parent is someone close to you, I don't believer your words could have an impact other than a negative backlash.

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  10. I would not say anything to the parents.

    I believe there is a fine line to offer both healthy choices and some treats to kids. If you completely deprive a kid of all sweets and treats, they will find ways to acquire it themselves and it will become all the more desirable.

    It's all about balance.

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  11. This is a touchy subject. Sugary food in and of itself is not bad - just are we able to eat them in moderation. Would I say something to the parents of a kid who's being fed these foods? If they're more than an acquaintance, I may ask them a question to gauge where they're at. Great topic!

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  12. Oh man, I do not like seeing overweight children, it is abuse. Imagine all the pain and heartache that child will endure over the course of their life, not to mention the unhealthiness of it. So not only are parents allowing kids to ruin their bodies but they will be ruining their self esteem and tainting the happiest years of their lives with something as easy as offering carrots and celery. My kids dig their veggies, but they also love their sweets. I give them both, but honestly speaking they actually prefer healthier foods because thats what they are raised on. AND they get plenty of play all day and dont just sit in front of a tv.

    Thats my view, good topic. But no Im not that mom to say something publicly to someone....just for the mere fact that im chicken shit, Id rather stare and talk about them....yes sooo much worse, i know.

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  13. I wouldn't say anything. But I will try to be an example around that friend by bringing healthy treats for my children whenever we go out. Offering my friend recipes and offering the child healthy snacks, too. I think hinting without being overbearing helps the friend subconsciously, or at least I hope!!!

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  14. I have and would say something - depending on how good of a friend it is. My girlfriend's only vegetable consumption is...lettuce. She does not serve ANY veggies to her daughter! I have made comments to her and told her about easy choices like the little single-serve trays of frozen corn or peas she could serve to her daughter even if my friend didn't want to eat them herself.

    But heck, most adults I know aren't even as healthy as we are! I hate to brag but I do work hard to plan balanced meals for our whole family. I think most people take the easy way out - pre-packaged, processed food is easy. It takes considerable time to slice and dice fresh fruit and veggies to bring in for snacks to work or school. I do resort to pre-packaged foods occasionally but try to throw in fresh veggies into a meal if I'm using a pasta or rice mix. But even as healthy as I try to be, occasionally I put my weekly intake into a calorie counting website online that shows whether we are getting the proper protein/salt/vitamin/carb/fat mix.

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  15. TV you have a sensitive subject. I think it depends on how close you might be with the friends and if you think they are seeking some help. Setting an example is a good way of encouraging, but we do not always know the situation of others and why they may choose to do the things they do. I hope you are doing great TV! Have a good night!

    Mama Hen

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  16. I am not the confrontational type so I probably would not say anything to a parent. However it breaks my heart to see children who have a weight problem and it does make me angry at the parents because they are the ones who are feeding the child the unhealthy food. I can't believe how many people eat fast food as dinner every night! It's sad!

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  17. I've never said anything to anyone, but yes, I do think it is at least neglect. Neglectful to deny your child proper balance and education about food, exercise and their bodies. I have a nephew (5) that is 5 inches shorter than my 9 year old and weighs 5 lbs more, with parents insisting that he is just a "big, football player type of kid" yet, they are both on Weight Watchers battling their own weight issues. Why is it so hard to see?

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