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Old 01-19-2013, 03:30 PM   #113
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Re: Let's talk childhood obesity....

MamaNae, I think I love you. I agree with so much of what you've said. Though while it really bothers me that the government subsidises so much crap, I think that if consumers demanded healthier products, companies would be forced to comply. So I put most of the responsibility on parents.

Originally Posted by JennTheMomma View Post
I also think some problem is that baby food is pushed on to parents. Baby food has the same texture and many don't taste like the real form of the food. So it's no wonder that some kids won't try veggies, the look and the texture are so different. It's little things like this that create a much bigger problem.
"Baby food" as we know it is a recent phenomenon. Until recently, babies nursed until they were big enough to take bites from mom's place and then transitioned into real food. You look at other countries, for example, where they eat spicy foods and the babies happily eat it. Yet we think we have to start out with Gerber jars and feed our kids those little puffs and other crap that the commercials tell us are good for our babies. It's all about companies making money. Truth is, babies can eat a lot of the stuff we do (I mash my baby's food up) and they love it. Rice cereal is not even necessary!
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