June 5, 2015

Why Are Kids Obese?

This "lovely" image popped up on my Facebook the other day and I am amazed how many people agree with this because it is way off in my opinion.

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I do not know where you can get a bottle of coke for 99 cents. At all the stores I have gone to, it costs over a $1. This is still a dumb comparison because water is free if you drink from the tap or a water fountain. If you want a bottle, buy a water bottle and reuse it! Bottled water tastes no different than tap water. You can even buy 1-gallon jugs of store brand water at the store for 99 cents! If you want filtered water, then invest in a Britta.

I am sure where you can get a 99 cent burger either, McDonald's does have a dollar menu, so maybe that is what they meant in this image? However, a salad does not have to cost $4.99 if you make it yourself! Grow your own veggies or go to the store and get a head of lettuce for $1, that is enough for four to five salads!

Eating healthy is not as expensive as everyone thinks, it is just a matter of convenience and time. People are lazy to take the time to grow a garden or cook healthy meals. They turn to macaroni, ramen, frozen dinners and other easy to make processed foods.

It has nothing do with cost, but everything to do with time. I love to cook, but even I have those long, busy days where all I want to is pop a frozen pizza in the oven. The problem is when you eat these unhealthy meals every day, rather than just once a week. We need to teach kids to eat healthily and we need parents of those kids to be willing to take the time to prepare healthy foods rather than resulting to a box of macaroni.

Next time you go shopping compare the costs of vegetables to your processed packaged foods, maybe that head of lettuce, spinach, and carrots cost more than that box of hamburger helper, but remember those veggies usually come in bulk and make more than just one meal unlike the box of helper. In my opinion, the costs even out, and money is just an excuse for the lazy.

So why are children overweight? Here is what WebMD has to say:
Children become overweight and obese for a variety of reasons. The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these factors. Only in rare cases is being overweight caused by a medical condition such as a hormonal problem. (source)
So it is not just eating healthy, it can be due to not enough exercise. In today's world, everyone is on their phone, their computer, or watching TV. Children play video games instead of going outside and running around.

I wanted to lose weight without changing my diet too much so I started running, already I have lost ten pounds. I am not willing to give up chocolate or cake, I believe in enjoying foods every now and then and pity those who won't even allow themselves a cupcake on their birthday. A slice of cake is not going to instantly add on five pounds. There is a difference between having a treat every now and then versus eating cake every day.

There are a lot of factors and the only way to prevent obesity is through education and good parenting. Parents need to provide healthy options for their kids and also limit screen time so they get out and get exercise. Schools also need to encourage kids to choose healthy foods by providing healthier lunches, and to exercise on a daily base, especially since parents can't always be trusted.

Here is a great Ted Talk about the need for educating children about food:


Attribution: Image used in blog post photo does not belong to me and was found on  Canva.

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