I woke up this morning to this sad and distrubing article...
If you don't care to click on the link and read the (very short) article, here's the scoop. An 8 year old child was removed from his parents because he weighs more than 200 pounds, and the parents were allegedly not doing enough to try to control his weight.
How do you feel about that? I'm inclined to agree with the decision to remove the child. However, the article doesn't state what kind of intervention had been tried prior to the removal.
Were the parents given educational intervention? Nutrition counseling? An exercise program? We may never know the whole story.
I'd say that 95% of people who read my blog are folks who also suffer from the disease of Obesity, most of whom have had surgical intervention. So, we know that obesity is a serious, life long issue. Therefore the story of the 200 pound child probably hits home to anyone reading this. You know what it's like to grow up fat. Do you want the same life for your kids?
I was not a 200 pound 8 year old, but I was a heavy kid who didn't exercise and watched way too much TV. I drank Kool Aid and ate mayonnaise sandwiches on white bread. I don't blame my parents. We were poor and they were doing the best they could with what they had.
However, I'm doing things differently with my own children.
Believe me, I'm no perfect Suzie Homemaker of a mother. I know my kids watch way more TV than they should. I feed my kids boxed macaroni and cheese for dinner about twice a month. During soccer season I make frozen pizza on game nights because it's fast and easy. I know I could do better.
BUT, I cook a real meal more often than not. We never (I mean NEVER) order take out. We rarely go to restaurants. The kids are both involved in a sport AND take swim lessons all year long. We spend a lot of time at the park, almost every day in spring and summer. We ride bikes, go for walks and occasionally play the Wii Fit or Wii Sports. . We have fruit and/or veggies with every meal.
And the three things that are most important to me as a mom trying to raise healthy kids:
We eat dinner at the kitchen table as a family. We call it 'no media time'.
My kids drink water or skim milk. Juice is an occasional treat.
My kids have NEVER tasted a fast food meal. Ever.
So after I read the above mentioned article, I read this blog entry over at Weighty Matters...http://www.weightymatters.ca/2011/11/are-you-feeding-your-children-properly.html
Dr. Freedhoff directs a medical weight management program, and offers some wonderful insight on the subject of childhood obesity. I'm not sure if he even saw the article about the 200 pound kid this morning, but I thought it was great timing that his article addressed the same issue.
It's such a simple message but makes so much sense.
I'll leave you with this. As parents, it's up to US to lead our children down the right path. We are their first teachers. Let's lead by example.
Have a great and healthy day!