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Children, Treats and Obesity. What is the link?

February 16, 2012

I truly believe, that as parents it is our responsibility to prepare our children for their future. Their future, not ours. To help them be independent, capable and healthy. It is our responsibility to lead by example. From my experience with my own children and in the classroom, I can tell you that children do best in an environment that has set boundaries. I am not talking about taking away all freedom. That would be plain silly. Children need some degree of freedom to learn to make their own choices along with the consequences of those choices. That freedom however must be set within a boundary. A loose boundary, but a boundary nevertheless. When it comes to health, children need to be taught the difference between healthful, nutritious food and food that has very little or no nutritional value. It’s all about education and as adults educating ourselves first so that we can be positive role models.

When I was approached by Teach to share the info-graphic below with all of you, I could not refuse. These are shocking statistics. I am sorry to be so blunt as to say that parents are partly to blame for this.  If the future of our children is to be a bright one, we simply must take care of their health first. Sadly, the advertising agencies are not making our jobs as parents any easier. As if we didn’t have enough on our plates we also need to educate our children about the power of advertising and why it is important not to give in to it.

It is time that adults took their responsibility as parents more seriously. We are not our children’s buddies. We are their care givers. We need to care and we need to make changes in their lives even if it makes us unpopular. Clearly the statistics speak for themselves.

Am I being too harsh? What do you think about these statistics and what can we as a society do to change them?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2012 6:12 PM

    The other day I was having a chat with my 4 year old about food and I told her that anything that comes off a plant is better than something that comes out of a packet…I know its simplistic but her eyes lit up at this simple distinction- as if she got what mummy is always on about. I am happy to report that we have almost fully cut out biscuits and sugary treats from our diet and the kids thankfully seem to have a pretty short memory- they don’t ask for things when they know we don’t stock them. So i guess the first step is to shop right….

    • February 18, 2012 10:32 PM

      This is fantastic. Kids are not stupid. I find when you explain things to them, they get it. It definitely also helps to shop wisely. Out of sight, out of mind. Well done to you both!

  2. March 9, 2012 1:50 AM

    Hey! Great post and very intesesting graphic. Certainly something we should all be paying more attention to rather than just ignoring. Also – just wanted to let you know that it looks like you’re link back to is broken!

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