Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Constant Eating

The "snack culture" has led to childhood obesity rates increasing by 16%: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100302/hl_nm/us_obesity_children_usa

We're making our kids sick by feeding them a consistent diet of junk. They get heart disease at younger ages (http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20100302/hl_hsn/futureheartdiseasemaybeinstoreforobesekids) and they're more prone to broken bones (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100301/hl_nm/us_obese_injure)

What is it going to take for our culture to stop damaging our children with food? Kids do not need to eat constantly, they need more exercise, and the only result of not eating a healthy nutritious dinner should be that they have to wait until the next healthy, nutritious meal is put in front of them.

Our children are our responsibility. No body else is putting junk food in their mouths.


  1. It isn't that heart disease MAY be in store for overweight kids. It's almost a given: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0815/is_n8_v23/ai_21155460/

    I first read about this over 10 years ago. I'm not sure that all the children they autopsied were overweight. Just eating the standard American diet.

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  3. My daughter snacks a lot --and she's a skinny 9 year old. The difference is that she never watches TV, doesn't like movies (too long, she says) and doesn't play video/computer games. I don't think it matters that much when you eat as long as your day includes lots of moving.

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