Childhood Obesity

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EricaG - March 1

Does it scare anyone else that childhood obesity and subsequent health problems are such a problem now? There is such a differerance now in activity and food than there was when I was a kid and I'm only 20! I remember when I was little, food portions were smaller, now and "individual" bag of chips is like 3 times bigger. And gone is the day where the neighborhood kids meet at one persons house and play kickball into the evening hours. Now kids sit at home playing video games or sitting on the computer in their darkened rooms. This is just something that I have been worrying about lately because I've been trying to change my households eating habits to be more nutritious. What do you all do or plan on doing to prevent childhood obesity?

 

LisaB - March 1

Augh childhood obesity is so unnerving to me. When I was a kid we ran and played and were outside in summer from sun up to well after dark even in the winter too. Now kids are set in front of the tv and left to veg we will not have that in my house. I think the parent has a huge responsiblity to be a role model we take my ds for walks all the time whenever it snows and is warm enough we are out with him sledding and playing (although he refuses to walk in snow boots) we have the tv on but we play, play, play all day no sitting on the couc eatin ofcourse hes only 15 months but I wont let my ds become overwieght its so unfair to him. We eat healthy and have our snacks. Lead by example be active and involved and limit the amount of c___p thats brought into your childs world. Limit fast food and dont reward with food sends a horrible message. That is our plan I really think the parent has a great responsiblity not to allow our childern to become obese it takes such a toll on their health and when they are larger as childern it is harder for them to lose as adult. UGH I could go on and on...

 

EMBERBABY - March 1

Healthy food is important but in my opinion moderation and portion size is even more important. Growing up my parents were pretty active and I usually go to the gym 6 to 7 times a week. I think dd will see that and learn the importance of having an active lifestyle. I agree with Lisa in not rewarding with food, that is just a bad idea IMO.

 

Emily - March 1

I loved to play kickball, softball, or tag in our front yard on summer evenings. My mom had a hard time getting us to come in at dark. We didn’t have video games. (they were availbale, like nentindo, I am only 27, but we didn't have them.) We didn't have a computer till I was in junior high and it was dos. The only thing we had was wheel of fortune and Carmon Sandeigo. (I loved that game) We didn’t' get windows till I was in high school and didn't get the internet till I was in college and only then cause I needed it for school and the public library's computer was worse than ours…gotta love small towns. My dds are only two and 8 mos, but we do not and will not have video games. I don’t mind if they play them at grandmas (my teenage sister has X-box) but my mom won't let them play all the time, only on occation when it is too hot or cold or wet outside. We will probably have computer games, but the computer is in our bedroom so they will be closely watched. My 2 year old loves to play outside. We plan on helping her to continue to do so. Family vacations to the zoo and camping instead of inside things. My little girl is very active, and her sister is following in her footsteps (No literally, she can crawl (fast) now ans follows her eveywhere) Anyway I am concerned about the epidemic as a whole but I think parents need to take a stand. I remember my mom kicked us outside every day after lunch. She would clean the house and relax, and we got exercise. The only time we got out of it was if it was way too hot or too cold (although on cold days we were usually in school) or raining. We even went out in the rain sometimes….do kids play in the rain anymore, that was a blast. The next time it is warm and raining (but not pouring) I think I will play in the rain with my two year old…...

 

Kara H. - March 1

I was talking to our Ped about how skinny my 7 month old is (10 persentile) and asked if I was feeding him enough. She said he was a little underweight, but she would much prefer dealing with that problem that all the obese children and babies in her practice. Childhood obesity is such a big problem, that the Ped's office is telling parents to cut calories (or ounces) out of infants diets who are above the 90 percentile. She said about 50% of those babies will go on to be obese children

 

Mellissa - March 1

We had 8 kids in the family.. so that automatically limited our food intake. lol. But we were so active when i was younger. I encourage my kids to be active, and eat healthy. I also don't force them to eat all of their food at dinner time. I figure if they're hungry, they'll eat it. That's just my take on it..dh thinks they should eat what we give them. But I tell him "do I make you eat all your food? no.. then I'm not going to make them!"

 

mamagoose - March 1

Its so true... I remember as a kid, all the kids were at the playground from sun-up to sun-down! This is something my dh and I have discussed quite a bit... I think so much of it has to do with the family lifestyle. Dh and I have always been health-conscious, eaten well and exercised... and we intend on raising our kids the same way. I think we'll have strict time limits on how much tv per day, we'll have them enrolled in at least one sport of their choice per season, and we intend on buying lots of outdoor activity toys, like bikes, road-hockey nets & sticks, b___s, etc., and going out to play with them. Some of my best memories as a kid were when my mom and dad came out to play road hockey, go bike riding or fly kites with us, which is something I really want to pa__s on to our kids.

 

Steph - March 1

My daughter will be 9 in July and Trevor will be 1 in July as well....one of our fave things to do in the spring/summer is take a family walk after dinner. Myia gets on her bike, Trev in the stroller and dh and I walk about a mile or so. Theres a park by our house, so we stop and let Myia play on the toys for a while as well. We also walk on the weekend to my parents house which is a good 3.5 miles round trip. We camp in the summer and go swimming at the lake a lot as well. Other than that, I don't really worry too much. My daughter uses the computer, plays on her Gameboy, and reads a lot. She eats healthy, which some garbage in between, but it's all in moderation. I'll probably be perscuted for this but occa__sionlly, in the summertime....I'll let her have ice cream for breakfast! Ahhhhh!! Moderation is key, and to let kids be kids, to have fun, play outside, and eat junk occasioanlly! Another thing that my daughter (and her stepsister do in the summer) is play on the swingset. We built them a wooden one last year and they stay outside for hours. Playing on the set, catching bugs, playing in the mud...you name it and the'll do it.

 

Emily - March 1

Steph I tend to agree. I don’t say no to junk food altogether, they will only want what they can't have, but limit it. I read an aritcle (can't remember where) that it didn't really matter what you ate, as long as it was balanced (like something from each food group, even junk) in moderate amounts and you exercised you could stay fit or lose weight. So go a head and eat the choclate bar, but work out too. Also I agree with Mellissa, if the child is hungry she will eat. I do not force Mary to eat anything she doesn't want although I do push her to try new things. I do make her finish a certain, small part of her meal on the rare occation that we have dessert or go out for ice cream. A little isn't going to hurt. The key is moderation and exercise. Let kids be kids, just let them be active kids….

 

bradylove - March 1

I think the biggest problems is prepakaged and refined foods as well as the 90's low-fat craze. All this artifical c___p that companies feed us are killing us. I think moderation is definitely important, but the amount of packaged products around is scary. Grocery stores look nothing like they used to. First of all they are HUGE and second they lure you in with music, fake smells etc... I say go for foods that look like what they would in nature and eat things that you know your body can process like b___ter, not margarine, yuk...I'm not saying the occasional box of KD (that's Macaroni and Cheese for those is the US) is bad, but there are just way too many c___ppy boxed foods out there. Diabetes is scary too, look at the labels before you buy low-fat dressing for example, they put tons of sugar to replace the taste from removing the fat. And articial sweetners are terrible, what the heck is Splenda anyhow??? a tsp of sugar is only 1 calorie, seriously! That's my vent!!!

 

mandee25 - March 1

Leading by example would be number one in teaching your child healthy habits. I think most parents are becoming more aware of this problem now. I am definitely worried about this as I was a little overweight as a child growing up and I was teased mercilessly. I DO NOT want my child to have to go through that. It's cruel. I really don't understand how parents can let their children get obese because, hello, they are the ones buying the food and they have the responsibility to feed their kids properly. I am against giving no junk whatsoever because like it was mentioned before, what they can't have they will want it even more. Kara H, I was interested in what your Ped had to say about obese babies. My son is in the 95th percentile for his weight and he does not look that chubby. He is only 14 weeks old and my doc says he is perfectly where he should be. I have to strongly disagree about cutting calories/ounces for young babies. Once they become more active they will slim down and get taller and lose that baby fat. But that's just me.

 

ash2 - March 1

I have been struggling with this with my neice. She is 8 years old and 125 pounds ! My sister tries to ignore it and it makes me sooooo friggin mad !

 

sahmof3 - March 1

I agree Mandee... that's just scary about cutting babies' calories. If they are older babies and are being fed c___p... definitely that needs to change, but limiting formula if a baby is still hungry is crazy. I've known plenty of babies who were really big for the first year or two and had no weight issues later when they wee mobile and active. Also, I think they need to take into account length, too, as some taller kids are also going to weigh more and be in a higher %.

 

EMBERBABY - March 1

Maury Povich usually has has the really obese children on his show it s so sad. The moms can't even carry their toddlers anymore. The excessive weight sometimes damages their growing bones and they have no neck. Oh and also I saw on Dr. Phil that a mom lost custody of her child for that same reason. She said there was nothing she could do. Hello? Who freakin buys the twinkies and brings them home? The ex husband go custody and the kid went down to healthy weight in the course of a year. The custody was only temporary but I really ho[e the kid doesn't go back because he would probably gain it back. The mom was a big woman too. Ash, I think sometimes parents are in denial.

 

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