Tuesday, November 05, 2013
So one thing that my DH and I have noticed is that the children are always asking for snacks or treats. I know most kids do this but it is like overboard. And as I mentioned before their pantry is full of all kinds of crap. Yes there are some good things but so much junk. Anyway our granddaughter is a big girl She has a big tummy for a 5 year old girl. I think she looks fine but then I got to thinking about it and did some research on the internet and goggled to see if they had charts and calculators for children.....so of course they do. And you enter in their age(birthday) sex, height and weight. My DH was with me as we did this. As soon as I entered this information it came back with a notice that asked me if I entered the weight right as it was a high weight for a child this age. I had entered it right so we processed and click yes the information is correct. It came back that she is obese. She is 3 feet and 10 inches tall and weighs 62 pounds. I certainly don't think she looks obese but that is what Web Md said. Anyway, we started something new with the kids. My husband put alarms on his cell phone for breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, mid afternoon snack, dinner, and evening snack. The kids are all excited about the new "healthy kid program" and can't wait for the alarms to eat when it's time and they so far aren't asking for so many snacks. My DH has started showing them the nutritional labels and talking to them about how much sugar are in things. They are working along with us. I read more about my granddaughter and we won't be putting her on a diet or anything as she is growing like a weed. so we will just focus on healthy foods.
I was happy that my DH wanted to do this and he is almost too crazy about it but he too needs to lose weight and stop eating so much junk food. So I am glad he is now reading labels. So that is one good thing that is coming out of this exercise. I just don't want the parents to think we are "sticking our noses" into something that we shouldn't. It's just that we love our grandchildren so much and we want them to be healthy and I especially after having been a fat pre-teen and teenager, I don't want her to suffer like I did. I would have loved it if someone helped me when I was young to understand things better. Our grandson who is an excellent reader is really getting into ready labels. So he is having fun.
Anyway since we are going to be here another month we thought we would work on it since we have the time. I just want to be careful and not offend the parents. Especially my DIL who admits she likes junk too much. But she is a runner and has done two marathons and isn't overweight at all. But overweight does run in her family. Her mother is obese and very unhealthy.
So sorry for venting here. I do it out of love. Thanks for listening.
Both children are home today as there is no school due to election day. we are going to Ikea to look for a table for the game room. They both have colds and aren't feeling great. I am back to spraying Lysol and using hand sanitizers.
Hope you all have a terrific day.