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Glee and Obesity

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Glee is a tv show on Fox. I watch it on Hulu.com as we will not pay the cable company exorbitant rates.

I am a little behind on my watching but I am enjoying, well enjoying is the wrong word: following with interest(?) about a character who's mother is morbidly obese. As one of the cheerleaders calls it "circus freak big" The mother and daughter have a good relationship. Its complicated, but its shedding light on how our struggles with weight affect those around us.

My dear son, who is perfect not only in my eyes but in the height\weight chart at the doctors office, has started to parrot things that he hears me say "thats too much fat" "i need to get my protein" I have tried to offset this by talking with him about "all things in moderation" "even treat foods are ok once in a while" but the last thing I want is for my own struggles to warp him.

Anyway, not asking for advice. I keep plugging away at making good food choices for myself....not doing really well lately, but the more I try to be conscious with my choices, it seems the better I do.

The Glee episode that really brought this into focus for me was "Glease" it also deals with teenage pressure and bulimia. Theres also good oldfashioned singing and dancing for fun.
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    I don't think you are warping your son. If he is aware then he won't become overweight later in life due to lack of information.
    1949 days ago
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    1949 days ago
    I love Glee but I'm so behind! We DVR them (I would love to get rid of the cable bill but I can't get the household on board...) and I think I have 4-5 episodes waiting for me. It seems every time I have time to get caught up on one show, others get behind! :-)
    1949 days ago
    Yea, it's really sad how society treats people who are fat. :( But alot of times people don't know HOW to get healthy, either. I know it took me a lot of time here to figure out how to eat healthy; there's way too much misinformation out there.
    1949 days ago
    My nephew, who just turned 17, has some body images that concern me so I'm always interested to hear what other people are experiencing. He was a little chubby as a young boy (certainly not overly obese) and has since grown into a fairly lean young man. I worry that he is so concerned about his weight that he often restricts his eating to what I consider to be an unhealthy level. He brushes off feedback I give him and I worry. I want him to have a healthy relationship with food.
    1949 days ago
    Wow, I could've written this. All of my kids are perfect in height/weight, and I don't want them to worry about it, but I don't want my own obsession with losing weight to warp them either! I think you're doing a great job. Keep the messages positive, and you can't go wrong. :)
    1949 days ago
    That is awesome. I'm hoping some of my healthier habits start to rub off on my boy and hubby.

    1950 days ago
    My 24 year old son is like that too. He has always been in the 20% for weight - except when he was on one particular medicine in high school for A.D.D. & he gained a lot of weight. When he went off of it, he lost all the weight. This has been a long time but I think he is still worried he will gain it back. He eats pizza, etc but is very conscientious about portion sizes. He eats half a sandwich and broccoli instead of fries (learned that from me). He uses Splenda (weighs 135 lbs and he is 5'9). He doesn't look anarexic but does not have an ounce of fat on him.

    He meets us out at restaurants a lot. I also send a lot of food home with him!
    1950 days ago
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