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Will you continue to let your child eat junk food even if it's addicting?

Posted by on Oct. 18, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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Oreos Are Addictive, But Good Parents Will Let Their Kids Eat Them

by Mary Fischer 

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Ugh. If you've remotely been paying attention to the news for the past couple of days, then I'm sure you've heard about the study saying Oreos are addictive -- to the point that researchers are comparing them to cocaine. (Seriously?)

Apparently the super-delish cookies stimulate the pleasure center in the brain the same way drugs do. That means we aren't hallucinating by thinking that our kiddos are hooked on them.

But even though Oreos are junk food and may turn our children into junk food junkies -- who really cares? Is this really supposed to make us paranoid enough that we won't let our kids have sweets anymore?

Ever since my son was a toddler, I've had no qualms about letting him have junk food. Want to know the main reason why? Because he's a kid and kids love treats and quite frankly I think they deserve them too.

It's not like I'm saying they shouldn't eat healthy most of the time, but honestly, what's the harm in letting them have dessert every night? Or a fast food kids' meal every week every now and then? They're just kids, for crying out loud. They have their whole lives to concern themselves with every single morsel that goes into their mouths and what sort of negative effect it may or may not have. Shouldn't we cut them a little slack while they're in preschool?

But maybe I'd feel differently about allowing the junk food if my kid weren't perfectly healthy, or if he were overweight or weren't very active. He's been a bean pole right from the start, so I've never seen any harm in letting him scarf down French fries, candy, or Oreos. I feel like he eats enough good stuff to balance out the junk.

On that note, I think I'll go ahead and add Oreos to my grocery store list for when I go out shopping later today. All we have in the house right now are Chips Ahoy, and it's probably about time to spice things up and throw a little variety into the mix. 

Will you continue to let your child eat junk food even if it's addicting?

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JDmommyJD
by the sauce is boss on Oct. 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM
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 So is that why, if eating oreos, I eat like ten at a time? Lol.. Good thing I dont buy them often.

And yes, my kids will be allowed junk food. As long as "everything in moderation" is taught at a young age, I dont see the problem- even in the long run.

zacmacsmomm
by Gold Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM

yup

fullxbusymom
by Ruby Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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Yes my kids will still most definitely be allowed a treat as they have always been.

WillowRayne
by Silver Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 9:57 AM
Fortunately, my kids enjoy eating healthy. I can't remember the last time I bought junk food.
SyllabaryBisque
by on Oct. 18, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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I want some damn Oreos now... and I'm stuck at work. I hate this post. I really do.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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I believe junk food is addictive, including fast food. When I don't eat it, I don't want it. However as soon as I do, I want it for about two weeks. It really is best to limit junk food.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Sure, occasionally. Alcohol is addicting, but I still partake from time to time.
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Blooming_Lotus
by Platinum Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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This isn't news to me. Studies have shown this for years and years. I think I first heard about a study on mice showing that junk food is as addictive as heroin at least 6 years ago.

We severely limit junk and processed food for health reasons and have since before these studies came out. They only get junk food on Halloween, weddings and other special occasions. Or when family friends give them some b/c it would be rude to take away a gift.
SpiritedWitch
by Froggie on Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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ANYTHING can be addictive. Doesn't take rocket science to figure that out. 

Bertha21
by Platinum Member on Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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I hate Oreos, so does my husband. My son doesn't care for them either, thank goodness! They are nasty.
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