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Debate question: Childhood obesity

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 They say that childhood obesityis on the rise and that we as parents are at fault because we don't cook or make our children go out to play. I agree that in some cases it is easier to take Jr to McDonald's and get a happy meal rather than cooking a healthy meal at home. I also know parents who rather sit their child in front of the TV rather than sit outside and watch them play.

Do you agree this a issue that is on the rise? Could it be that as a society that we are so use to convenience that we don't see it as a problem?

Your thoughts???

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by on Jun. 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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by Doll Baby on Jun. 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM
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 When I was little we were suppose to clean our plates because there are starving children out there and our parent would pound this message into our heads and it's stuck in high gear now...Parents are resposible....Making sure they eat the right foods is a clue....but we don't know what they are snacking while away from home...Making them go outside and BE kids seems to be a thing of the past and we have to change that as well....They have so much energy and playing was the best thing kids love to do....This generation of children are stuck in their rooms or family rooms playing video games and not putting in that outside playing anymore and as long as they sit we feed them....So parents have to get a grip and start over and bring this trend to an end....have dinner at the table....remember that place where the plates and glasses go?

Manners OMG I'll stop here and just be happy my family is following in our footsteps...we love our dinner table!! Its nice now that all the extentions or put away lmaoooo.....Love your babies they are only small for a little while....

beckycm
by on Jun. 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM

In highschool my son would question his friends and other students about whether their families ate at the table together or not. He couldn't find anyone who did. He thought it was really sad. When my mom was home we always had dinner as a family at the table, and that's what I did with my kids. It made them feel like they mattered, and that our family was in unity. Other than Family meetings on Sunday, this was the best way for us to connect and communicate. 

Quoting hau_siyoka:

 When I was little we were suppose to clean our plates because there are starving children out there and our parent would pound this message into our heads and it's stuck in high gear now...Parents are resposible....Making sure they eat the right foods is a clue....but we don't know what they are snacking while away from home...Making them go outside and BE kids seems to be a thing of the past and we have to change that as well....They have so much energy and playing was the best thing kids love to do....This generation of children are stuck in their rooms or family rooms playing video games and not putting in that outside playing anymore and as long as they sit we feed them....So parents have to get a grip and start over and bring this trend to an end....have dinner at the table....remember that place where the plates and glasses go?

Manners OMG I'll stop here and just be happy my family is following in our footsteps...we love our dinner table!! Its nice now that all the extentions or put away lmaoooo.....Love your babies they are only small for a little while....


DAHLONEGAMOMMY
by ASS QUEEN on Jun. 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I agree. We are a world of convenience and we convince ourselves its ok. Sadly, the health of our children proves its not ok. Its up to us to change ourselves as individuals and parents. Until we do, how can we expect our children to?

starlight1968
by 40ish hang out queen on Jun. 20, 2012 at 6:46 PM

 I don't think it's as bad as they say.... I know it's harder for kids to get out and play these days especially for safety reasons. I will NOT let my dd outside to play by herself, I can't always be there with her either so she stays inside and that's just life.. I don't want her to disappear (we live in the city where the little girl disappeared that started the Amber Alert), get hit by a car ( they zoom up/down the hill) and we go places so she does get some exercise (other than the pe class at school).

As for eating, I do see some people giving their kids junk food to "shut them up" at the stores now/then, fast food places are on every corner but they do offer healthy choices too...

I think it's mostly those few that do it make it look like it's become a perpetual thing when in reality most of us parents are responsible and only treat now/then...

kaffedrikke
by Sister on Jun. 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM
The main problem is.the parents. At my daughters school you can get free breakfast and lunch but theyre loaded with fat.salt and calories. Oatmeal with fruit and milk costs less than the schools breakfast of poptarts chocolate milk a cinnamon bun and sugar puffs. Excercise is free. Turn off tv and.video games.
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by Bronze sister on Jun. 20, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Ok that is your parenting not everyone. All I am saying is that back when I was a kid we live on a farm and was outside all the time. Now days kids have more things to keep them inside not saying every parents lets that happen. But it COULD be part of it.

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by Bronze sister on Jun. 26, 2012 at 8:26 AM

It's a multi-dimensional issue.   My guess is that it will keep rising until the foods that are currently available are no longer allowed to be sold.   When the candy coated cereals and sodas are obsolete, and fruits are the only "sweet" choices, etc. 

rojastarr
by Fang Slayer on Jun. 26, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Obesity affects 40% of Americans. It is a societal problem. When I was growing up the obese child was the exception not the rule....We did not have fast food, It was a rare treat to go to McDonalds when Lake Placid finally got one because it was 10 miles away. We spent the day outside playing not sitting in front of a tv. It is very sad and we, as parents, need to get our kids moving and avoid fast food like the plague. My kids were hooked on McDonalds because their father would take them all the time when I worked. After he passed away I cut out fast food unless there was no other choice. They prefer the healthy home cooked meals. My 8 y/o had gained more weight than I would have liked. She still is a little too heavy but is better. I do not use the word diet but rather say we need to make healthy choices. If they want to play video games they only get 30 min unless they choose one of the active ones on Wii....

PS. We are seeing huge increases of Type 2 Diabetes in kids. This used to be the adult onset type found in middle aged overweight people. We are also seeing build up in their arteries that used to only be seen in older adults. We are killing our kids with the current dietary practices we engage in.

So encourage the fruits ad vegetables and get out there and move with your kids. Your body will thank you and so will your kids.

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