Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Fatties

I want to do a bit of a rant about parents of overweight children.

Look around you, count the kids you see for 10 minutes…then do a ratio of overweight to non-overweight. Astounding!

As a kid growing up fat, I especially have a sensitiveness about overweight girls.

This may not be politically correct but I think there are too many parents and particularly mothers telling their little girls that they are beautiful no matter what size they are.

That may be true and it’s important to help them develop self-esteem but what about their health?

I get so sick of people blowing off their overweightedness and calling themselves curvy. You see the “memes” all over Facebook.

Curvy is Marilyn Monroe…not a young woman who weighs 250 lbs or more!

I don’t advocate for bone skinny people either. I advocate for healthy!

Can it be that hard to explain to your children that eating too much, consuming junk food and sitting around playing video games will cause them to be unhealthy?

I don’t think you have to make the overweight children suffer and never give them goodies, just limit them and explain it and guide them to healthier snacks.

Could it hurt to explain to them the importance of eating healthy food most of the time, sugar snacks within moderation and going outside and to play?

Another thing that pisses me off, the government trying to regulate school lunches to make kids eat healthier. That will never work! It’s the parents or adults in those kids lives who should teach, control and regulate what they should eat. Teach it not mandate it!

According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 children are overweight.

In children ages 2 – 19 years old

  • For non-Hispanic whites, 17.5 percent of males and 14.7 percent of females.
  • For non-Hispanic blacks, 22.6 percent of males and 24.8 percent of females.
  • For Mexican Americans, 28.9 percent of males and 18.6 percent of females. 

I was an overweight girl by the time I went to 1st grade. I still don’t know why because my brothers and sisters were not overweight. So I can’t necessarily blame it on what I ate because I ate what they ate….except more.

Truthfully, I am the pot calling the kettle black. I did not encourage my son to eat right either. His diet growing up was fast and junkie food most of the time. As he got to be a young teen, he cared less and less about exercise and playing outside. Video games became his past time. I am deeply ashamed of that. I wish I had a do-over. He is still suffering from that now at 35 yeas old.

I am happy that they are teaching my grandkiddies about healthy lifestyles. Daniel and Sadie will grow up understanding that junkie snacks are a treat and not part of their diet. 🙂

Weight problems and obesity in children cause health problems such as:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • bone and joint problems
  • asthma
  • restless or disordered sleep patterns
  • liver and gall bladder disease
  • depression and low self-esteem

Also, teens who are overweight are more likely to commit suicide than other teens.

Maybe I am being judgemental because I spent most of my life as an obese person so what gives me the right.

My rant stemmed from last night.

I was standing in line at a grocery store in the checkout line behind an obese woman with a buggy full of food and 2 very obese children standing beside her. This girl and boy could neither have been 10 years old. That entire buggy was full of junky food for that family to eat. I did not see one healthy item put on that belt. Her total food cost was like $160 of pure shit.

I looked at those little kids and my heart was breaking. I wanted so bad to ask that mama did she not love her kids.

I know what I wanted to say was totally none of my business and would be hurtful to people which is why I would NEVER say it and only write about it on my blog.

“More die in the United States of too much food than of too little” ― John Kenneth Galbraith