Are you consciously, or unconsciously, enabling your child to be obese?
A recent study in Childhood Obesity revealed more than three-quarters of parents of pre-school obese sons and nearly 70 percent of parents of pre-school obese daughters described their children as “about the right weight.”
That means those parents are either in denial or we have a widespread case of early onset myopia among adults.
He says some parents turn a blind eye to pleasingly plump offspring, hoping they’ll eventually grow out of it. Other parents, who also happen to be obese (and, ergo, serve as role models) aren’t about to change their dietary habits in order to slim down the kids. And, then, there’s the political correctness of the new normal which celebrates plus-sized women while decrying the waif-like appearance of runway models.
Besides the obvious, and very real, long-term damage obesity wreaks on the body, parents should also consider the image and reputation handicaps a hands-off weight management styles will cause their kids. While I don’t have any readily-handy statistics to support my POV, I do believe obese, and severely obese, children (and adults) will face additional challenges as they progress through life.
It’s tough enough to succeed in today’s celebrity-looks obsessed society. Why allow Johnny or Janey to fight image barriers while they simultaneously combat diabetes, high blood pressure and countless other side effects of obesity?