Children and Nutrition
Friday, June 19, 2009
The following is a post I made in response to another part of the SparkPeople website. I felt the examination of my old habits was important enough to include it as a blog entry for myself:
I am very fortunate that my kids go for the healthy foods and eat the right balance despite the bad habits that I have displayed in the past. However, I do not feel that this true of children in general. I remember when I was growing up that I had one classmate who was obese (due to a medical problem) and one who was over weight (I do not know why). But as a whole, the kids that I went to school with were healthy, athletic and an appropriate weight for their age and height.
I look at my children's peers and I am astonished. There are so many of them that are over weight or obese and they are still in ELEMENTARY school. What are we doing as a society? Teaching our children to sit in front of the computer and TV all day and then chow down junk? I really hope that we get more of these kids outside, playing with peers, active in sports and eating healthy foods. It is our responsibility as the parents to provide them the guidance and that includes maintaining the healthy habits ourselves.
Let me tell you, looking in the mirror on this topic is a tough one. I am so thankful that SparkPeople has supported me during a critical change in my life and that will help support my children maintaining the good habits that they already have.