Sunday, 15 April 2012
How do we keep our kids healthy in a society where 12.5 million of our youth is obese? There are fast food restaurants on every corner and our lives our so hectic we usually don’t get home in time to prepare a healthy meal. Not to mention that it is just easier and cheaper to get fast food or stock our pantry with canned food, and our freezer with frozen foods. We spend so much time in the car going from one activity to another that it seems we can’t even find the time for physical activity.
My son started to have weight issues around the age of 4, and I realized that we had to change our lifestyle or he was going to have a really hard time. He always had feeding issues so I became used to giving him easy to eat processed foods. It soon was the only thing he would eat. I became complacent. I didn’t want to hear him throw tantrums so I gave in. It hit me one day that I actually allowed my toddler to dictate what he was he was going to eat. He has no knowledge of what is healthy for him, so why in the world did I let him control his diet. Needless to say, I woke up fast.