I hit a nerve

So earlier this week I made a post on my Facebook fitness page about obese children and how it pisses me off. Medical issues notwithstanding-children should not be obese.  I still stand by my opinion.  The manner in which I expressed said opinion was not the most PC but I refuse to take it back or remove the thread.   Due the limited space in which one can post on FB, I wanted to expand upon that here.

I watched a little boy, morbidly obese, sweating, red faced and waddling at in an indoor play place.  I then saw his mother (?) waddling behind him.  Now I will fully admit that they lady that called me out on my FB thread made a valid point-he very well could have been there TO get exercise and he very well COULD have a medical condition.  I really really try not judge but I’m human.

When you see the grocery carts filled with nothing but frozen food, boxed crap, pop tarts, cokes, juice boxes, sugary cereal, etc and watch the families suck down their soda’s as they grocery shop, it’s hard not to judge.  Then to buy cigarettes, beer and lottery tickets yet eating healthy is too expensive?  I call BS!

Back to the little boy.  It broke my heart to see him.  It pissed me off.  I wanted to walk up to his care giver and punch them.  No, I’m not kidding.  My children are healthy and do not have any medical issues and I thank God for that every.single.day.  I also monitor VERY closely what my children eat.  I AM THE ADULT.  I’m not some crazy nazi when it comes to food but I am teaching them the benefits of eating healthfully.  I only have this say over their diets and their lives for a very short time in the grand scheme of things.  You can bet I’m going to do my best to educate and set them up for success.

When are we going to realize what we are doing to our kids?  We are setting them up for a lifetime of PREVENTABLE health problems.  Why?  Why would you do that to your child?  I don’t know about you but I want my children to be far more successful and have it easier than I did.  Not that I had a rough childhood, I just want my children to thrive, not struggle and to achieve whatever it is their little hearts desire.

I watched my grandparents die from preventable diseases.  Diabetes, high BP, obesity, heart disease and so on.  ALL of those were preventable.  To say I’m a little pissed and bitter, well, yeah.  Wouldn’t you be?  So I’m seeing these children be lead down the same exact path (because of laziness) except they won’t have a chance of making it to their 60’s at the rates their going.  It sickens me.

If you were an 80’s kid like me, think back to your school years.  Do you remember most of your classmates being obese?  Sure, we had a chubby kid here or there but that was it.  I honest to God can not recall a single obese classmate in my elementary/junior high years.  Why is that?  Oh yeah, it’s because we actually went outside to play.  We didn’t have all of these convenience foods and chemicals that we do now.  How can we as parents NOT see this correlation or not care enough to do what’s best for our kids?

So yeah, when I see a 3-5 year old child that waddles, that is 50 lbs overweight, I get pissed.  If I lose ‘followers’ over my stance, I’m okay with that.

Now, I know what I’m doing to set my girls up for success.  They aren’t deprived in any shape or form.  We indulge.  We eat A LOT.  We enjoy treats.  We practice moderation.  I give them choices and most of the time, they pick the healthier option. Children are like sponges.  They pick up on every.single.thing. we do, talk about, eat, watch, what we wear, how we treat our spouse, friends, family, etc.

What are you doing to make sure your family picks up the healthy traits and habits?

2 Comments

2 Comments on I hit a nerve

  1. Angela
    June 1, 2015 at 4:12 am (4 years ago)

    i completely agree!! Being an overweight person myself, I am completely careful and concise of what and how my twins eat. The way I was raised to eat was completely ridiculous!! It has been hard breaking what I was taught a dinner should be and now I am even mocked and ridiculed by family for being stricter with my family.

    I too, have two very healthy kids that live fruits and water. Seeing an overweight parent struggling to get around in a store or worse, riding a motorized cart, and their child just as round as they are walking around eating crap pisses me off! It’s like, you want this, the pain, discomfort, lack of breath for your CHILD????

    Furthermore, (and I know free will) but WHY does these poisons & unhealthy stuff even need to exist? Why does grapes have to be $2 a lb and a box of little Debbie be $0.88?

    People have told us they feel sorry for my kids because we don’t allow video games in the house. I love their reaction when I tell them I fell sorry for their kids because they are not outside being healthy active kids. That normally shuts them up!

    Sorry, now I’m on my soap box!!

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    • hopefaithfit
      June 8, 2015 at 2:38 am (4 years ago)

      I commend you for wanting better for your children! I know the upfront cost of ‘healthier food’ can seem more expensive but I after I really started looking at it, eating that costs you more in the long run. The processed food is so full of crap and chemicals, it leaves you wanting more. So yeah, a box of Little Debbies or a case of coke is cheaper than a bag of apples or 1lb of organic meat BUT the meal you can make with that meat or the numerous snacks your little ones will eat throughout the week will be fueling them properly and keeping them properly satiated.
      Follow me here…..eat a well balanced meal, you are satisfied, right? Eat a Little Debbie and what are you? Hungry for another one, right? I’d be lying if I said I couldn’t eat an entire box in one sitting. It’s because of the sugar and chemicals. We know how addictive sugar is. So yeah, it’s cheaper for that one box….but then you go and buy more. And more ($$$). And you’re still not satisfied, your waist line is growing and Lord knows the kind of damage that’s being done to your insides (hello health issues and medical bills).

      I can attest to this….and will in my next post. 😉 *off of soap box again*

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