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Old 12-30-2004, 05:34 PM   #1
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Obesity Rising Among U.S. Preschoolers

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...ldhood_obesity

This Rots. You better watch what you give to your kids more.

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Old 12-31-2004, 08:56 AM   #2
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obesity is rampant. glad Mom ans Dad taught me good eating habits.
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Old 12-31-2004, 11:21 AM   #3
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know what? this makes me sad. parents are in complete control of thier preschoolers' eating habits. there's no excuse...
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Old 12-31-2004, 11:27 AM   #4
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I didn't read the link, but needed to comment - luvs, you are right.
I see it so often at son #2's elementary school. The parents send their kids lunches consisting of a 2-liter soda, a bag of chips, and a big sandwich (usually consisting of processed cheese with condiments)
No fresh fruit, no veggies, no meat, no whole grains, no milk....

don't they know they are affecting not only their child's size & medical health, but also their learning process?
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Old 12-31-2004, 05:36 PM   #5
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know what? this makes me sad. parents are in complete control of thier preschoolers' eating habits. there's no excuse...
Yes there is no excuse, but if some parents had more time at home they could cook more meals from scratch.
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Old 12-31-2004, 05:45 PM   #6
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I saw a special on this very issue recently. It seems that too many parents are in a hurry and feeding their kids drive thru burgers and fries for dinner because it is quick and easy. Not a good idea, according to the program. Also, no balanced diet, or control over the lunches at school when they give the kids cash for the lunch. It goes into the candy, chip, and soda dispensers rather than the lunch line. I always packed my daughters lunch, except once in a while she asked to eat at the cafeteria. To this day she still has excellent eating habits and is not heavy.
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lol,we had dinner from scatch, 2 working parents, nighgly....
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Old 12-31-2004, 05:51 PM   #8
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OK, got to comment here. While some of the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the parents who don't offer their kids good things, the other part of the equation is our sedentary culture. We watch TV, play video games, hang out in front of the computer...kids are not out being active very much anymore. And we are not giving them a very good example.

I am no better than anyone else when it comes to hanging out and vegging. But I am working on giving my kids a better example to follow. We go out tobogganing together, skating, and building forts and things.

These days kids hardly ever do any sport unless it is organized. Gone are the days of pick up football, softball or hockey. My kids had no idea what going out for a catch was when I suggested it a few summers ago. And now we are trying to educate each one of their friends that comes over. The kids love it. They all WANT to be active, but feel like they need to be Olympic athletes if they want to play. This way...they can just run around and be goofy and have fun. Ok, sorry...off my soapbox now... :oops:
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I need to respond to this:

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Yes there is no excuse, but if some parents had more time at home they could cook more meals from scratch.
I have a 2 year old, and a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. (for those of you who are not familiar with the breed, they are BIG and ACTIVE. :-)
I work between 45-50 hours a week.

My husband has recently(3 months ago) started a new job where he works long late hours, (often 2pm- 5am). When I get home from work I go for a run with the dog to tire her out, (and also because I eat a a lot and need to watch my weight )

Every single meal I cook is from scratch. It takes tremendous effort, I cook long hours in advance on the weekends, but it is absolutely worth it, as a mother, and a foodie.

I am proud of this as you can tell, but I also acknowledge that not every parent is able to do this. Parenting is a hard road, we all do our best at it.


As an aside, sometime my husband notices that our neighbours decorate their house more elaborately for Christmas, or I get "feedback" from my in-laws, that I am a bad mother because I didn't hire a dog and pony show, Bozo the clown, or Cirque de Soleil for my daughter's 2nd birthday. I always say to my husband: "Plenty of people have an elaborate birthday party and go into debt buying huge amounts of toys and other stuff all year around, but feed their kids McDonalds 3 nights a week. We are different, less toys, more healthy food and eating habits."

After that lecture, he always calms down and ignores what the "Jones'" are doing!

(Ok, sorry about the tirade, but healthy eating for kids is a real sore point with me. )

Thanks for listening/reading....
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P.S. to Kitchenelf......you knew I would be all over this topic!
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