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Stop the Abuse!

I know that this is going to be a controversial post, but I feel that it needs to be said. Over the weekend my family and I were staying at a hotel in the city and while watching my 4 year old in the pool, I was astounded to see at least half a dozen children under the age of 10 or 12 who were obese, some perhaps morbidly obese. It was both saddening and infuriating.

Working with weight, and counselling people with weight issues, I understand the problems. I understand the personal conflicts, the esteem issues, the addictions, the emotionality of over-eating. I am aware of chemical and hormone imbalances and how they effect metabolism. I get it. I honestly do, I get it and I am dedicated to working with people to overcome them all to live healthier and happier lives. But what I don’t get is why any parent, would perpetuate all of that on to an innocent child. Unless the child is the one buying the groceries, cooking the meals or choosing and paying for the restaurants – it is the parents who are responsible for and to blame for their child’s weight. 

You don’t need to be a nutritionist or a specialist to understand what types of foods are good and which are bad for your children and that 8 hours a day of TV isn’t as good as playing outside. As a matter of fact with the media coverage and national campaigns for health it is easier than ever to get the information and help that you need to make better choices for your family. I don’t understand why it happens or why more parents are working to correct it when it does,  is it shame? Laziness? Apathy? 

Whatever it is – it needs to stop. Our children are our future, they will take care of us, lead our country and perpetuate the future – things they can’t do if they don’t live to be 30 or can’t get off their couches. We owe it to them to give them the best chance we can and that starts with a healthy beginning. If you don’t want to take care of you – can’t you at least take care of them?

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