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Can Kids Eat Anything They Want And Not Gain Weight?

Posted Nov 29 2009 12:00am

San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:

childhood obesity
I went to an Oriental buffet they other day in Denver because we were out of town and I figured they would have plenty of rice, potatoes, fruits and vegetables to choose from...along with the other garbage that most people go there for.

I was shocked at what I saw. It seemed like there was an abnormally high concentration of obese families. I saw a couple of 12 year old kids that looked like they were already 100 lbs. overweight. Pretty sad. And the parents were facilitating this death spiral by passing along their eating habits. 

So I decided to pay attention and see what foods they were choosing and how much they were eating. I could not believe my eyes. It was is if they had one day left on planet earth and they were going to make sure they enjoyed one of life's pleasures, it's fullest...literally.

I'm not kidding...this one kid must have consumed 10,000 calories. He piled on the fried foods, meats, sauces, deserts...then went back for more...over and over. And his parents who looked like what this poor kid was morphing into, sat there and grazed. They all looked like heart attacks waiting to happen. And they were not was ugly. 

So, no kids can't eat whatever they want...they become what they eat...just like adults. And the eating habits they develop come right from their parents. 

What I described above in my opinion is a form of child abuse. 

Hey, eating junk every once in a while is OK as long as your children know it's a treat. Feeding your child a junk food feast at every meal is a death sentence. 

Anyway, it was all I could do to stop myself from saying something to the parents...what are they thinking?

Good (and bad) nutrition and eating habits start young, and as a parent it is your responsibility to make sure that you are steering your children in the direction of health not illness.

There is enough information available for free from sources like that you can educate yourself about healthy eating. And this whole idea that it costs more to eat right...I don't believe it. If you do it right it costs less. It's more time, work, and effort for you have to spend some time on it...but it's worth it.  Isn't it?

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco.
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