CHILD ABUSE IS NOT JUST SLAPPING YOUR CHILD ACROSS THE FACE
Posted Aug 04 2009 7:28pm
I recently witnessed a vicious and appalling scene of child abuse. I was sitting in an outdoor plaza in MidtownManhattan. A mother and father sat down with their young boy who was no more than 10 years old. All seemed well.
The mother reached into a bag and pulled out at least a dozen fast food items and spread them about the table, completely covering the surface. She reached again for three, 32 ounce bottles of soda. The child eagerly ate two cheeseburgers and a very large order of fries. As the child finished his lunch, the mother pulled out an extra large bag of chips and the boy happily sunk his arm into the bag. Several minutes later the family finished their sodas along with all the food. The father methodically crumbled up each wrapper and placed them into the bag and then threw the bag into the trash. The child thanked his parents for a great lunch.
They walked away with smiles on their faces.
Where was the child abuse?
I just described it to you.
The parents were obese. So was the child. Clearly, this was not the first time this abuse took place. It is a life long pattern not likely to end anytime soon.
From where I sat I could still see the family as they walked away. The father’s legs were bloated and pink. Twice he had to stop and catch his breath. He was not more than 40 years old.
I though about what to do. If the child had been smacked in public I would’ve called 911 or confronted the coward myself. But what would I tell the 911 operator?
I just witnessed a father poisoning his son?
Because that is what he did. Processed junk foods are soaked with pesticides and other cancer causing agents. The containers and wrappers often contain the same toxins as the food. The soda? I call it the Devil’s Brew. If we just cut out soda (diet and otherwise), the global weight loss would be incalculable.
I’ve been told that I need to back off a bit on all this, that sometimes a treat is fine. I agree, a treat is fine. But unfortunately, treats are not what they used to be. They get more poisonous every day.
If adults want to gorge themselves to a slow and agonizing death, that is their right. But if you feed a child this food, or even if you are allowing a child to be influenced by your actions, then you are abusing your child.
Ray Salomone Personal Trainer and Wellness Activist