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?