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GLIESE581 Posts: 18
3/5/13 3:28 P

I have a 2 yo son and 4 yo daughter. 2 yo is normal weight, 4 yo is under. She eats constantly, but she is VERY active. 90% or more of the food I buy is healthy, including snacks. I want them to eat well, but I also want to be realistic. I don't believe eating an occasional cookie or handful of potato chips will cause weight or health problems, I am trying to teach them about nutrition while they are young so that when they get older, they don't have to go through what I have. Growing up, most things we ate were fried, covered in butter or bacon drippings, high fat, high salt, etc. The only vegetables I ever remember eating were green beans, corn, tomatoes and potatoes. We did eat fresh fruit, but not often. I never mention weight when I talk to my kids, but I do talk about how some foods have vitamins and minerals to help us grow, keep our bodies strong and give us energy. Other foods, even though they taste good and give us some energy, aren't very good at keeping our bodies healthy or helping us grow, so we don't eat them very often. I'm sure my son doesn't understand yet, but my daughter told a teenage neighbor not to eat the whole bag of cookies because they fill up your belly but don't help you grow and be healthy. I had to laugh. Thankfully, the neighbor thought it was funny, too.

SUGAR0814 Posts: 5,475
3/5/13 10:49 A

I buy very little of the junk food for the "slim" family members & everything else is healthy. Usually, the "slim" family members will skip the junk food & eat the healthy snacks.

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (199,368)
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3/5/13 10:41 A

Keep snacks healthy for everyone--fruits, veggies, yogurt, string cheese, etc...and everyone benefits!

07SOJO Posts: 1,652
3/5/13 10:21 A

It's hard with kids as far as food goes. I think everything is OK in moderation. I was never taught that so I always stuffed myself, but I'm learning! I say limit the amount, not the food. emoticon

HAWTLIKEME SparkPoints: (21,813)
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3/5/13 10:18 A

Everyone's definition of junk can differ. I am trying very hard not to eat any processed carbs, but I do allow my kids to have certain things in their lunches such as rice crackers, rice cakes, pretzels and Tricuits. We'll also occassionally buy them little treats for their lunches such as fruit gummys, and granola type bars and yes, sometimes even cookies, but not often or alot. All of these foods are ones that I try to stay away from and are danger foods that can start a binge, so DH hides them in a different place all the time. I've progressed to the point where I don't even go looking for them anymore, but I was bad at first when I had a wicked craving or caved to emotional eating and would rummage around looking for them. Now I just don't know where they are and not having them staring me in the face is enough to protect me from their attraction.

Edited by: HAWTLIKEME at: 3/5/2013 (10:20)
KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
3/5/13 8:48 A

Junk food is junk for all sizes, it is just plain bad for your health. I stick to fruits and veges.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,041
3/5/13 7:41 A

The occasional treat like ice cream is fine for anyone no matter your weight. Deprivations is never fun.

However, I think it's wise to focus on healthy snacks. Just because someone is thin doesn't mean they won't have health issues like high cholesterol and heart disease down the road.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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3/5/13 5:30 A

Snacks in my house are always fruit, that way everyone gets their required fruit portions in for the day. It is second nature now and I find it keeps all sizes of people on the right track. Now after dinner, my son and husband always have their traditional cookies and milk which I don't participate in.....not my thing since I find cookies such a rip off in calories.

JUSTKLH Posts: 1,489
3/5/13 1:08 A

I think regardless of a person's current weight, it's important to be concerned about the health of the whole family. I think snacks should mostly be fruits, vegetables, nuts, yogurt, and other whole, minimally processed foods. Every now and then a "special" snack (e.g., cookies, donuts, chips) is fine, but for the most part I think that it is doing everyone a disservice to offer junk foods to some and not others. The heavier family members will feel punished/"less than" and you could be contributing to health problems for the thinner family members.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
3/4/13 5:30 P

My dd is well below average weight. That is just how she has always been.

We limit junk food in our house for everyone. Everyone has the same need for healthy foods no matter what their current weight. Foods that are loaded with fat, sugar and salt are sometimes foods not everyday snacks.

I encourage dd to eat fruit or a piece of cheese for a snack.

KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 2,350
3/4/13 4:18 P

Snacks are most fruits for everyone in the family.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
3/4/13 1:58 P

We're all fat...All the more reason to now have nothing but healthy choices.

ANARIE Posts: 13,200
3/4/13 1:55 P

I don't have kids, but if I did, my attitude would be that they ALL deserve healthy things to eat. Just because some are thin, I'm not going to deprive them of nutrition their bodies need and pump them full of sugar, trans fat, and white flour. Letting thin children eat junk instead of fruit and low-fat dairy and whole grains, etc, might even be worse than letting overweight children eat it, because chances are the thin ones might eat less of the healthy food served at main meals.

As for adults, if some want to eat junk, they can. It's an adult choice. But they should be responsible for getting their own. If I lived with someone who insisted on squeezing the toothpaste from the middle, I would ask him to buy his own tube and not use mine, and I wouldn't use his, and we'd be fine. We could do the same with his Doritos and cheese dip and my baby carrots with hummus. I mean, I would pick up a box of Mallomars at the store if he asked me to, but I wouldn't make junk part of the normal shopping.

If some people in the family "don't have a weight problem," that still doesn't mean they "need" junk food. If you're going to buy separate things for the weight-conscious versus the naturally slim, it should really just be a question of serving sizes, or maybe something like dried fruit for those who need denser calorie sources versus fresh fruit for those who are watching it. Healthy food is healthy food; that doesn't change depending on who's eating it.

SHANSDOINIT79 SparkPoints: (7,003)
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3/4/13 1:50 P

This is a constant struggle in our household. My husband whom is overweight but not obese (thanks to his job which burns many calories) has a diet full of unhealthy foods. He is an adult and makes his own food choices. (Though I have tried to encourage a healthier diet on occasion). I want my daughter to eat s healthy diet but its obviously difficult with my husbands snacks there and hes eating them in front of her. Outside of making him go on the bedroom closet to eat junk lol I'm trying to figure out what to do.

BABYSOX Posts: 3,063
3/4/13 1:45 P

My theory is that whether overweight or slim, we all need to eat nutrient rich food. Therefore, I serve healthy food and if some people want extra servings then even better.

Edited by: BABYSOX at: 3/4/2013 (13:45)
SHERYLDS Posts: 17,483
3/4/13 1:37 P

I put this question out there because a lot of people I know buy junk with the excuse that not everyone in the family has a weight problem. And sometimes, even if they have overweight kids, they still buy it....for the kids.

Take ice cream for example.....for a lot of families with kids, it is a common food item.

if some of your kids are slim while others are obese...
do you buy it, or do you make everyone do without it?

3/4/13 1:22 P

I buy healthy stuff. If the unhealthy folks want unhealthy food, they have to buy it and bring it home themselves.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
3/4/13 1:05 P

Here, snacks means fruit or veggies, now. Such was not always the case.

KELLY_SP SparkPoints: (139,289)
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3/4/13 1:03 P


Snacking should be healthy, no matter who is eating the snack. Here is a great article with some healthy snack ideas to have on hand for anyone to enjoy.

Be well,

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,483
3/4/13 12:54 P

If you have both obese and slim members in your household
How do you handle snack food emoticon

I put this question out there because a lot of people I know buy junk with the excuse that not everyone in the family has a weight problem. And sometimes, even if they have overweight kids, they still buy it....for the kids.

Take ice cream for example.....for a lot of families with kids, it is a common food item.

if some of your kids are slim while others are obese...
do you buy it, or do you make everyone do without it?

Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 3/4/2013 (13:37)
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