I just read a news article about an 18 year old boy in San Antonio who underwent weight loss surgery. He had been overweight for his entire life, and according to the news article, had numerous failed diet attempts.
At the risk of sparking a fiery debate, IMHO this is absolutely ridiculous. Sure, many people out there have health issues that cause weight gain; but children who are overweight are the responsibility of the parents.
Look at the following Maury excerpt as an example. These parents piss me off! Basically, the parents give their children pure JUNK to eat, whenever they want! Chips, cookies, cakes, donuts, sodas…and the kids are allowed to eat this junk whenever they want. Then they call Maury and say “Help me, my child is fat!” Seriously, do these parents have brains in their heads???
I can’t imagine that there is anyone who truly believes eating lots of cakes, candies and other junk foods is a healthy practice, even without the unhealthy additives like high fructose corn syrup and refined sugars. Once you add those factors in to a situation where the parents are not giving their children healthy foods to begin with, it’s a recipe for disaster!
It’s even worse when you have children who decide to go in for weight loss surgery. Dr. Michael Seger of BMI of Texas was quoted by WOAI (a Texas news station) as saying
“why would you wait? If you came to me and had a diagnosis of diabetes or cancer, I wouldn’t tell you to wait until you’re 18 or 20 to start treating it.”
Hmmmmm….what’s wrong with this picture? Why aren’t parents dealing with this??? I have 5 kids; they get 3 nutritious meals per day, plus an afternoon snack. Our pantry is not full of cakes, candy, or cupcakes…no, our children get healthy but yummy snacks. Apples with peanut butter is a traditional stand by; or celery with peanut butter. Peaches, plums, or carrot sticks are healthy alternatives.
The other thing parents need to do is get the kids off the couch! With all of the technology that kids have nowadays, they aren’t as active as they were 20 years ago. When I was in school, “fat” kids were the minority…now it seems that thin kids are the minority. Take them to the park, go for walks, put them in sports…whatever it takes, but make sure your kids are not filling up on junk food and keep them active.
With negligent parents allowing binge eating and encouraging laziness, is it any wonder that the next generation is riddled with obesity?