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Old 01-16-2013, 05:36 PM   #22
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Re: Let's talk childhood obesity....

Originally Posted by DesertRat View Post
I think it's a general lack of understanding nutrition. Because of a couple medical issues with my children I read a lot of labels and I've learned a lot over the last few years. My biggest concern is sugar. Our bodies take the carbohydrates we consume, turn them to glucose for energy and then store what's leftover as fat. And sugar consumption has gone through the roof in recent decades. Plus, eating lots of sugar and refined carbs makes us crave them even more. I think a lot of the obesity epidemic has to do with sugar and refined carbs (as opposed to healthy fats like butter and whole milk). We need to get back to eating whole grains and fruits and vegetables.

A lot of people consider yogurt, fruit snacks, granola bars, etc to be healthy, when they are mostly (or loaded with) sugar. So much of what's in the snack aisle has little to no nutritional value.

Also, people don't cook as much anymore. And everything that's processed (or mostly processed) is often loaded with sugar, preservatives and lacks the nutritional value that fresh foods have. We've traded convenience for health.

I don't know what the answer is, except that I think we need to be pro-active and learn about nutrition for all our health's sake. We can't buy into the marketing "low fat" and other crazes, when really the food isn't healthy anyway.

I'm not perfect and won't deny there's plenty of junk in my pantry. But I am proud of the fact that my kids love fruits and vegetables and they will snack on them when offered. I try to limit the processed stuff so that they will choose healthier stuff by default.
I agree with this. And don't forget the idea that juice is healthy. Even WIC gives it out to kids. My son gets 128 oz of juice a month. We are supposed to give it to him alone. No way am I letting my 19 month old drink that much juice.

Schools I think contribute to the problem. My daughters school had the school nurse talk to the parents about childhood obesity and the rising rate of type 2 diabetes in younger and younger people. At the same time they were serving danishes, donuts, coco puffs, sweetened chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla milk to the children for breakfast and cuttng P.E. class down to twice a week and cut the recess time in half. When recess was inside due to the weather instead of playing in the gym the children were told to watch a movie.
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