Despite that fact that this series has been about sugar, I haven’t talked about weight or obesity. Yet. Child obesity is a huge problem in America. One out of three of our children are either overweight or obese. Sugar is one of the leading causes of child obesity. Even if your child is not overweight or obese, do you ever wonder how much sugar they should have? And how much sugar they actually have? This is for you.
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Protecting Our Children From Child Obesity
As parents, we love our children deeply and do everything we can to protect them. We talk about stranger danger. We discuss “private parts.” We’re terrified of guns and school shootings. We can even worry when our children leave our watchful eye and loving arms. Some states prosecute parents for allowing their children to walk home from the playground alone. We are, bluntly put, afraid of all that’s “out there.” Please don’t get me wrong – I’m not discounting or minimizing in any way the tragedy of any of the things that I’ve mentioned above and I fully support educating our children about these dangers in age appropriate ways.
An Unintended IV Drip of Sugar Can Lead to Child Obesity
I’ll tell you why I decided that writing this series on sugar was so important. I
struggle wage war daily against sugar. I believe that one of the reasons I struggle so desperately with sugar is because as a child, I always had a bottle filled with apple juice. Never water. And on special occasions, Coke. Always. And my mother couldn’t bear to take “something that made me happy” away from me. So I had that bottle until about…age 6. Filled with apple juice. So I basically grew up for six years with an IV drip of sugar.
My mother was well educated (has a Ph.D.) and well intended; she loved me fiercely. I don’t blame my mother, she was taught that juice was healthy; it came from fruit. Otherwise, she prepared very healthy meals and our house never had junk food. In the words of the wise late Dr. Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” She did the best she could with the information she had. Now that I know better, I do better.
What Role Does Nutrition Play in Child Obesity?
We pay a lot of attention to the dangers “out there,” but what about what we’re feeding our children? What about what we allow our schools to feed our children? Statistically, what we do or don’t feed our children poses a much greater risk to their health and wellbeing than any of the atrocities I listed above. Jamie Oliver has been a champion for teaching children about nutrition, cooking, and whole foods for years. His TED talk is definitely worth the twenty minutes. Wait until you see what happens at 12:50. Just wait…
As I hope you can see, this is personal for me and I am passionate about it. I’m going to spend most of this week writing about children and sugar. Please stay tuned – this is just too important for all of us. I don’t want you to miss it.
Better experts that I have put together an amazing series of 27 talks all dealing with a specific issue of childhood obesity. It’s so much more complicated than eat less and stop watching tv as these experts are here to tell us. There are talks about the food industry, addiction, helping kids like healthy foods, food intolerances, micronutrients, the shame attached to being overweight and obese, low carb eating, nutrient dense eating, coordination, hidden sugar and how it harms our childrens’ bodies and brains, focus, movement and coordination skills, and so many more. It’s mindblowing. Learn more about the Child Obesity Project as it’s a wonderful tool for keeping your children healthy and happy.
TODAY’S PERSONAL SUGAR ADDICTION CHALLENGE:
Consider your family. How much sugar do you think your children eat in any given day. Do you think you need to worry about their weight or their health? How many servings of fruit and vegetables?
SUGAR ADDICTION ACTION ITEM:
Sit with your child and make a list of everything that they ate yesterday. Use a nutrition chart to calculate the sugar consumed yesterday. I suggest yesterday, because it was most likely an average day and you didn’t adjust what was eaten to reduce any of the sugar content 🙂
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