WHY CHILDHOOD OBESITY IS A PLAGUE AND HOW TO FIX IT.
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Even since 2012 it has increased 18%.
There are many factors that contribute to this plague and so many contrite tips to fix it. For instance today I saw that California is putting a sugar tax on foods with high sugar content, and the federal government is putting into effect warnings on foods that say “this food may cause obesity” REALLY????
It really all boils down to you…the parent. Let me explain.
I just opened a can of vegetable soup for my granddaughters lunch, (there a lot more healthier things to eat) It’s not something that she has ever really tasted as she is Miss Picky Eater. (something my kids would never had even thought of) Anyways she liked it and as I was cooking it the memories of feeding my own 3 children with one can of vegetable soup came flooding back into my memories. Yes that’s right 3 children one 11 ounce can of soup divided equally between them.
When I shared this with my son his response was, “What’s awesome ma, was that you always made it seem like a feast”
I did in fact do that. I made the dollar stretch like many moms did and still do now. I know that is one of the main reasons none of my kids ever had weight problems. Simply because they did not eat a lot of food. We rarely ate out. One of our favorite places was a Taco chain that has since then become too pricey and greasy. But they used to have a salsa bar that was free. So we would order our meager meals and then I would doctor up everyone’s meal with pico de gallo and avocado and other fresh salsa mixes. We never ordered drinks because that would have doubled the cost of our meal, so we ordered ice water, and squeezed fresh lemon into it. Something all my kids still do today.
So what has changed then? Why are there so many fat kids and what are parents doing that they didn’t do 30 years ago.
Have you been to a movie recently? A small drink not only costs $7.00 but it is about a gallon and a half. Come on. By the way the popcorn at the movies always made my kids have tummy aches so they never wanted it. So going to a movie was just that…going to see a movie…not eating.
Everything is supersized, super easy, super fast, super greasy, super fattening, super sugary and everything seems to revolve around food. Going shopping, driving to work, meeting with friends, all these seemingly simple events often evoke the response of getting a coffee or a bite to eat. Do you see where I am going with this?
We have turned the simple things in life into grossly exaggerated versions of the same thing. Kind of like of super hero or super villain. Think about Superman with his super strength and super powers, or the joker with his exaggerated smile and super evil personality. We have become cartoon like and it needs to stop now.
Our values have been downsized and everything else has been supersized.
Remember FAT ALBERT? HEY HEY HEY IT’S NOT A JOKE ANYMORE.
The only way to turn this around is to stop putting the focus on food. Food is essential for life, but is not what we live for.
It is our values that determine what we live for and what is important enough for us to make dramatic changes in our life for. So what are your values? What is most important to you? If you include your family in the top 5 then your health should be number one or two. Because if you value your family your health is priority. If you do not take care of yourself and die because of it, your family will suffer.
Not trying to be Debbie Downer, but that is the truth. I could create a list of DO NOT DO THIS AND DO THIS for you but what you really need to do is get aligned with what you value.
To help you do that I created a little quiz below. Please take a few minutes to fill it out. It may change your life and save your kids.