Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Erm...Maybe it's the food?


from the BBC:

Professor (Terence) Wilkin said children's activity levels had no bearing on their body mass index - their risk of obesity.

So why are are children getting fatter?

Food portions may be a culprit, but I've a hunch it's as much or more WHAT we are feeding our kids as how much.

It's been my experience that, unless interfered with somehow, kids diets are self-regulating. As parents, you can screw them up with a variety of harmful practices - forcing them to clean their plate, using food inappropriately as reward or punishment, etc - but if you're offering the right kinds of food and limiting - or denying access altogether - availability of "junk" foods then chances are all will be well.

And while you're at it - turn off the damned TV.* Doesn't have much to do with the subject at hand, but TV is an imagination killer and all the garbage they push makes it harder to regulate their diets. Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs Cereal is not a fit breakfast food, but you'll have a hard time getting your kids to buy that argument if they see on the Boob Tube that it's part of a healthy diet.

* Parents who let any child under the age of three watch TV should be beaten with a wet diaper.

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