Forget blaming schools, obsessing and fighting over healthier school lunches, or blaming the media or fast food joints. Forget suing McDonald’s for making you fat. It’s time for parents to take responsibility for raising their children, and yes, I am talking about in general. More and more, parents are pushing parenting off on schools, the media, video games, and other outlets, and then complaining that those outlets (and even other children) aren’t doing a good job of raising their kids. Really?
A PSA from the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta looks at mom, finally driving the point home without any apologies or reservations. It’s a 2 minute shot with a 5’9 foot, 300 pound man named Jim. He’s going to the emergency room, and they work frantically to save his life. Of course, with the weight and his young age, you wonder how that happened, and yes, one could blame the American obesity epidemic, which has spread even among children.
The flashback they then move onto shows poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and a mother who caters to this. The mother seems caring of course, even giving him an at-home treadmill. However, if you go back further, you see her encouraging him to be unhealthy, giving him unhealthy food, buying him candy, letting him eat sugary cereals, and giving him plenty of French fries. I’m not saying you can’t give your kids these types of foods at all, but they shouldn’t be major staples. When they’re cutting away his shirt for open heart surgery, it then ends with
Your child’s future doesn’t have to look like this. I could see this as them blatantly saying moms, you’re killing your kids, stop it. The hospital has released a statement to verify:
If you’ve never regretted a parenting decision, stop reading this. Now the rest of you, gather ‘round. As parents (and humans), we’ve all made decisions that didn’t look too good in hindsight. But today, right now, we have an opportunity for a life changing do-over. It’s true. We can rewind the future by doing something differently today, and literally change our story’s ending. Of course, we’re talking about making sure our kids are as healthy as they can be. And especially if your children are still children, it’s not too late. If we make the decision to guide them in a healthier direction right now, they’ll live to be healthier, happier adults—and thank us for it.
They are telling parents they’re wrong and it’s time to change, because the way you raise your children is your fault. However, the main idea they want people to get is not it’s all your fault. It’s let’s change this so that it doesn’t continue to happen. Pediatrician Robert Pretlow MD says,
Food addiction tends to start early in children because parents give food to soothe the child, ie, ‘Give him the bottle if he cries.’ Parents also give food as love to make a child happy, and they give food to obtain love back from the child. And parents give food as a reward, ie, ‘If you are good, I will get you some candy. There are plenty of factors, naturally, but these are some of the major ones.
Yes, there are
fat genes, and they can affect the way you are able to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Some people do have to be stricter with themselves or work harder, but these
fat genes don’t make or break you. They don’t actually make the kind of impact, leading to obesity, that people like to think. Even if you are one of the people who does have them, healthy diet and exercise can overcome (unless you have a serious medical issue). If you have certain serious medical issues, weight gain will be the least of your concerns.