It seems that I’m constantly hearing about childhood obesity..childhood obesity..childhood obesity. And ‘what is the cause‘ and ‘why is it happening’ and blame this and blame that.
I think there’s too much focus on it, to be honest!
What message do our children get when they hear those words all over the place? I don’t know. But these constant obesity messages may lead to eating disorders in their teenage years because they are just being bombarded with the ‘don’t be fat or else’ message. Aren’t they just being pushed in the opposite direction?
When I was growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, I don’t remember a lot of overweight kids. Maybe a couple, but not many. I think there are a couple of reasons why this is so:
- Most families in the 70’s couldn’t afford to eat out at fast food joints more than once in a great while.
- Kids in the 70’s and 80’s spent most of their time outside running around, biking, walking, climbing… There were no ‘playdates’, kids just went out and played.
- There was little inside for a child to do in that era. There were very few shows on tv and there were no video games. Pretty much the only way to have fun was to head outdoors.
- In school, gym was concentrated around learning a ton of different sports.
- There was recess in schools.
- Few families could afford school lunches, so most brown bagged it.
Even though there were a few fat kids, nobody harped on them, did they? They may have gotten picked on ~ sure ~ but we didn’t have huge campaigns constantly pointing them out and telling us all how not to get there! It was dealt with by families ~ or not ~ and it wasn’t a big production.
It was a different time, I suppose. We can’t really replicate it because life for kids is different now. But no matter how different it is, kid’s bodies should be the business of individual families. It starts in the home and they shouldn’t be barraged with all of these “obesity” messages.
Families ~ play together!
That’s one of the major points of this site. It’s healthy and bonding and has the potential to set everyone up, young and old, for a healthy body and a healthy body image.
Stop childhood obesity? I say, stop SAYING childhood obesity!