A recent report on MSN Health stated that Families that eat together at least 5 times a week tend to develop better eating habits. The University Of Minnesota did a research study that assessed the eating habits of 677 youths during their pre- and early teen years and then they filled out a questionnaire again 5 years later.They found that kids that eat with their families often eat “ more vegetables, calcium-rich food, dietary fiber and essential nutrients.”
This is completely understandable as kids that eat away from home normally consume fast food and junk food because it’s convenient and tasty. We all know that convenient and tasty is often unhealthy. Under little or no guidance kids will eat what they want and whatever is available.
This sparked another thought in my mind. Often times I see kids that are obese and their parents are obese as well. Not only adolescent teens but pre-adolescent children and sometimes even toddlers. I would like to think that it’s a hereditary chemical imbalance and the parents and children can’t help it, but more times than not I feel that it’s just bad eating habits passed on from parents.
This really bothers me. It’s not my place to tell someone how to raise their children but I think if this is the case than it is just irresponsible on the parent’s part to let their children follow the same unhealthy path that they are already on. A child’s health is ultimately the parents responsibility and they are leading their children to an early grave through poor eating and activity habits. If parents eat unhealthy and don’t do much more than sit on their butts and watch television than their kids will follow suit.
I think it is very important for families to have meals together, but it’s a monkey-see-monkey-do world. If children see their parents eating unhealthy then they think it’s okay to do the same. Obesity is an epidemic in America. An epidemic that can be controlled through practice and responsibility. Unfortunately the world sees us as a fat and lazy nation. How can we argue that when studies like this one from John Hopkins states that by the year 2015 75% of American adults will be either obese or overweight?