Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I usually only blog a couple of times a week (it's more of a journal for me), but as I'm sitting at my desk at work eating lunch and reading blogs, it got me thinking about a show I watched last night. It was on OWN, but I don't remember the name. I think the lady was Lisa Ling (?). Anyway, the show was on childhood obesity. I came in at the middle, but they spotlighted 2 children (12 year old & 4 year old) and a group in W. Va. The 12 year old girl weighed over 300 lbs. and the 4 year old boy weighed over 100 lbs. The group in W. Va. were in a small town and were working together to loose weight (Pound Punchers).
As a mother of 3 daughters, I really found it sad! It was so multi-generational, there just didn't seem to be an answer. I found myself mad at the parents, but then, they weren't taught any better, but they need to break the cycle. The parents of these children were also obese.
They showed one mother grocery shopping and the only fresh vegetable she's ever bought (ever) was greens & cabbage (which she made unhealthy with her method of cooking). She even said that fresh fruit & vegetables cost money, but so do chips & cookies (which she bought plenty of). I tried to not be be judgemental. DH came from a single mother home and was very poor. He said he was never taught to eat right (filling food & German food) as a child, but agreed with me now that there is so much information available, that shouldn't be an excuse.
The lady that led the group in W. Va. weighed over 400 lbs. (numerous medical conditions). A year ago she started a program in their community (they all worked at the Volunteer Fire Dept.) and they walked (on roads without sidewalks and mountainous) in rain, shine, snow, etc. She also got exercise equipment from the county and set it up @ the fire dept. They're doing great with the exercise (she wanted to especially do this for her 17 year old son), but struggle with eating healthy (they highlighted the vending machine and all of the unhealthy snacks). I don't know how many were in the group, but in a year the lost over 500 lbs. combined. This group was a "glimmer" of hope.
It was such a depressing statement to the health of Americans. My generation and younger are now more likely to not outlive their parents (even with all of the medical marvels available). The food we have available, while plentiful, is killing us!
DH and I struggle daily to try to be an example of healthy living for our girls, but we've made it a priority for our family. Of course we're not perfect, but we keep trying! We can't afford to join a gym, but we use the free facilities at our county parks & rec. & DVD's/weights at home.
I'll get off my soapbox, but at least watching shows like that reaffirm my commitment to a healthy lifestyle!