It seems like every day on the news there is a story about the obesity problem in America, especially among children. I heard just the other day that now teenagers are beginning to have gastric bypass surgery to help them control their weight. I find it interesting that this has become a national problem as opposed to an individual one.
A news story I saw last night focused on how a school is helping children combat this problem by creating games that include the names of the fruits and vegetables that children should be eating. I believe the idea is to make healthy foods "fun." What the program did not appear to do is to provide the students with these foods to actually eat and learn to like. After watching the news story, I was left with the impression that the kids would know about games to play and know the names of the foods they should eat but that their eating habits would not really change. Wouldn't it be more effective to educate the parents so that they can begin providing their kids with healthier food choices?
It's no wonder that people no longer know what food to eat. There are constantly news stories that tell us to eat one food, and then another story comes out to tell us not to eat it. One day nuts are good for us, and the next they are too high in fat. Mixed signals are also given in the commercials. Can you name one commercial for a fast food restaurant (or any restaurant for that matter) that includes people who are overweight eating the food?
This issue has become more important to me now that we are raising our own child. I want to make sure that she eats well and know how to exhibit self control with the foods that she does eat. I hear of so many stories of kids who will not eat a variety of foods that I wonder what our future will hold. I am trying to do better job of eating a variety of healthy foods now since I am feeding her breastmilk and I hope that she will develop a taste for the different fruits and vegetables.