USA Today reported in September 2007 that a poll conducted over the summer found that 50% of parents with overweight children are actually deluding themselves as to their children's weight. What is up with that? I think it's pretty clear when you look at a child if that kids is overweight. What are you telling yourself about your kids? Do you feel guilty and reward kids with treats? Maybe you don't want to examine your own eating habits? Or maybe we've all gotten so fat that your kid doesn't look any different than the other kids in class? I don't have the answer here, but it's scary when you hear that this generation of kids may be the first to have shorter livespans than their parents - due to nutrition! Registered dietician Keith Ayood suggests encouraging kids to do one physical activity per day, limiting their servings to one (with unlimited access to veggies), and limiting time in front of any screen to 2 hours a day. Here are my suggestions on the feeding end: Top Five Ways to Raise a Healthy Eater.
I can see that. Many of us deny our own weight problems, somehow not seeing it in the mirror or avoiding mirrors altogether so we don't have to face it. Admitting to having an overweight child (or a child with any problem) is like admitting we've messed up. After all, who feeds the child? Who teaches the child his/her eating habits? It can be very hard to accept any imperfections in ourselves, especially when it comes to parenting.
That said, I hope to teach my son that exercise is important and that he should pick a favourite activity to do (a sport or something physical) at least once a week. We've been changing our eating habits in hopes of teaching him to use good judgment when choosing his foods as well.
Oprah had Dr. Oz on recently and a woman in the audience asked about her daughter, who was showing early signs of puberty - at age 7!!! Granted, the age for first menstruation is going down, but Dr. Oz asked the woman if her daughter was overweight, because that is the number one reason for early onset of puberty. It was an awkward moment. But it goes to show that overweight young girls face more complications than just tight jeans.
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