Childhood Obesity

May 31, 2010

ABC news report highlighting childhood obesity & rising rates of type 2 diabetes in children. From KatieClarkNutrition Youtube channel

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lmp2 June 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

this is a very important issue for us as parents to address immediately. the lady was right monkey see monkey do. rarely do you see a set of fit parents with and obese child, but vice versa u will see an overweight child with obese parents. we need to take control over what we eat in our house holds. we tend to pacify our childrens wants instead of their needs. we are hindering them by doing so. this may cause your child to go through terrible things at school. lets face it kids are mean. we need to be active with our kids. i found it interesting to freeze your meals for the week great plan.

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TDS-2 June 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

If think getting help with issues that psychologically affect at a young age is very important because not doing so will have a major impact on health and nutrition. I also agree that it takes support from a whole family to put in to help someone with weight issue.
In the first clip the family would cook for the week and freeze the food. Its healthier than going to buy food from the freezer at the store because a lot of that food has high sodium intake. It also helps with time because a lot of people are too tired or busy to cook a healthy meal most days out of the week.

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MRC2 Melanie Cottrell May 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm

This video about obese children actually made me cry. The doctor’s office had to buy special weight machines just to be able to weigh some of these children who were over 300 lbs. Now that is very sad. I get so upset when my kids tell me about the foods their school is feeding them at lunch time. They give them junk like pizza, sausage biscuits, and donuts. Oh and they think they are giving them a healthy meal because they give them a very small salad which consists of iceberg lettuce and a slice of cherry tomato. Then the school cuts Physical Education down to one day a week????? Schools are spending to much time worrying about this “No Student Left Behind Act” that they are cutting out what is important, our children’s’ health. There should be more recess and more physical activity in our schools. Our kids are innocent and look up to us adults to take care of them and point them in the right direction. If you have school -aged children I challenge you to go down to the school and see what they are feeding your children. You may want to start sending them a lunch instead.

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TDS-2 June 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I totally agree with you. In middle school PE was an option, and high school I only had to take PE once within the 4 years and only for one semester. They do offer sports programs and outside school sports seem to cost a lot. My son such a picky eater, I perfer to send him to school with a healthier lunch that he likes.

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lmp2 June 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

i was watching a t.v show on how this british guy came to america to change how we eat. this program takes place in L.A. and he also has a store called the Food revolution. so he petitioned the school board to let him come into their schools and better their menu for the children. and of course they said no. i one of my earlier blogs i had made the comment on how my childs after school program was serving them bags of chips for snacks instead of apple and such. and then they wanna turn around and send a note home saying to the bmi screening they are over weight and need to see a doctor because this could be serious. this is insane. i started sending my child to school with her lunch and snack at least i know what she is eating.

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aak2 June 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I went to school in bismarck and we had to powerwalk everyday. If it was raining outside then we would go to the gym. Our class was soo small that everyone did it at the same time everyday. I think a p.e class should be required to take everyday, every semester. And I would not mind sending my kid to school with a packed lunch!

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ACR2 May 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I agree with the first video, it starts with parent involvement. Instead of eating fastfood, decide to cook a healthy dinner. Instead of sitting around and watching tv go out and have a bike ride or play ball. Be active with your children, it will make the a well rounded individual. The second video states everything in moderation, I think sometimes health finatic individuals get stuck on NO sugar, but a little sugar everyonce in awhile is needed.

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C-W March 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm

The first video really hits home. My brother is over weight, and the comment about an early grave really makes me stop and think. I dont understand how this problem has exscalated this much. I am just out of highschool but lookin back i dont remember this being a problem. Now, looking at my brother, this video opens my eyes because our family has a history riddled with diabetes and obesity that led to heart problems and death.

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J-H February 16, 2011 at 12:19 am

That first video really made me stop and think. I do not want my kids to end up like that they are still young enough to learn the right way so it is my mission and goal in life for now on to be a better role model to healthy eating habits. That was a major wake up call.

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R-E February 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I think parents should make the children these days eat correctly because its gonna be worse for their children. My son is giving a special treat if he eats all his food and veggies, more parents should try this.

RE

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N-T February 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm

it is our own fault kids are sooo fat these days when i was a kid i never wanted to come inside i played outside alll day i was very physical and i never ate that much bc i was soo active i played more than eating and today kids sit inside watch tv and playing video games and eating

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R-E February 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I am really glad that I do not let my children eat junk food nor do they drink carbonated drinks. I buy lots of fruit and veggies for them. My youngest son does not like many veggies but I tell him if he eats all his veggies then he gets a healthy snack that he likes, yes it does take him awhile to eat them but to me it is worth the weight. My family and their fathers family are overweight and heart problems and diabetics but thanks to my choices of having my children eat health hopefully they will not have those problems later in life.

R-E

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E-A February 2, 2011 at 12:09 am

i think food choices and eating habits are build into a child.Most children learn by examples.They pick up the smallest bad habits from parents.As parents it is our responsibility to introduce healthy foods to our kids so that they can grow healthy and be able to make better judgemnts when it partains to food choices.Childhood obesity is at an increase and if something is not done really soon,i wonder what the future holds towards the health of our obessed kids.It is up to us to do something and do it now!!!!!!!!

EA

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MIA February 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm

When i was a child i dint grow up eatting veg and i dont eat very many today. I have a terrible diet and really wonder how i am survive ing? lol I am going to start being aware of all food options and watch what I eat. M-S

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S-G February 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I, like you have a terrible diet. As a child I had vegetables, but they were always fried, or cooked with lots of butter or bacon grease for seasoning. As a result I can not stand the taste of fresh vegetables. I literally get sick if I try to eat a salad. This in turn is how I cook. Very unhealthy and I do not purchase many fresh vegetables because I do not like them. I know that for my family I need to offer a more nutritious meal. Hopefully with the help of this class I will learn to eat healthier and cook healthier. Good luck to you on your healthier voyage.

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CS February 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Childhood obesity is definately at epidemic levels. WHen I was a kid you hardly *ever* saw an obese person, much less a child. I had one obese child in grade school. Now I look at classroom pictures of my kids, and half of them are overweight. Kids do not play anymore outside. They do not play sports. Parents are too busy. Kids used to stay outside from sun up to sundown. And would hardly eat anything unless your mom MADE you.
Now kids snack all day and are sedetary.

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Salvador V. October 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I had no idea child obesity was such a large epedimic. The information I learned from the video is very sad and unfortunate for my generation. I hope to see a decline in obesity in the near future.

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ACR2 May 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I do think in the next generation their will be a decline because people are becoming more aware of the consequences. And if nothing changes then shame on our society.

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Tyler B October 8, 2010 at 12:17 am

I agree totally with the 2nd video when i was younger i would always want to eat what my parents ate or always wanted what they had. I also agree that obestiy in kids today is a serious problems its sad to see 10 year old kids so big that they cannot walk right. Its very upsetting too know that they will not have a normal life, something really needs to be done

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Salvador V. October 8, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I couldn’t agree with you more. I also had the same issue with my parents. By the time I was 13 I weighed aproximately 240 pounds! My parents and the eating habits I got from them caused me to have a very unhealthy childhood.

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Laken Teague October 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Today the obesity with children is a very known problem. I mean hello people look around there are 10 year olds the size of a highschool lineman. This is alot to blame on the parents for not encouraging their children to exercise and eat healthy foods. Today American families are lazy and do not want to cook a healthy meal for thier children they give them a bag of chips in place.

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D Beard September 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I think parents play a major role in influencing healthy eating habits. Kids pick things off of the parents. Sometimes parents do not look at the behaviors as unhealthy. I am guilty of this also. I find it easier to run to get fast food than cook. My mom cooked every night when I was a child. She also did not work or attend college. Today most parents are single, working, attending school, and running a home. Times and situation are changing. I can understand some things but for parents that dont work or go school. That sit home all day have no excuse for not cooking at home. Just my opinion

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Lacey H. September 25, 2010 at 11:57 am

The first video was great to watch and to see a few families in the world fixing their weight issues. I work at a grocery store and I very rare see healthy foods getting bought but I know there are some out there that do eat healthy and if only more people did. The saying “Monkey see, Monkey do” is so true in that kids mimick everything you do. I try my best at making home cooked meals but there are those times where I am just to tired and so I usually go and pick something up but I enjoy making different meals and trying not to cook the same things over and over. Hopefully when I have kids they will enjoy cooking like I do but I will have them in the kitchen learning just as I did when I was a child.

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Glen L September 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Childhood obesity is a huge problem in our world today. kids these days are not like they use to be. I remember when i was a kid in the summer time i was in a hay field or swimming at the lake all day long, or in the winter was hunting. Im not saying kids haft to do this as a life style because everyone is different, but all kids do today is play video games or facebook. What happened to sports and being outside?

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Madge C September 23, 2010 at 12:11 am

I was a chunky kid who grew up to be a grosly fat adult. I stand 5’2″ flat footed on the ground and at my heaviest I weighed 309 pounds. I let my emotions rule my food intake. If I was happy I would eat and if I were sad I just ate more. It was such a vicious cycle. Almost 9 years ago my doctor recomended weight loss surgery because my joints were getting to where they couldn’t stand the pressure from the weight. I only lost about 90 pounds from the surgery but I am a more happy person today because of it. Junk food is not your friend!

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Lindsey E September 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I agree with the second video! We should encourage our youth to be more active and to eat healthier! If you start teaching them while they are young to eat healthy then they will more than likely stick to it as they get older.

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sarina m. September 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

i did know that 2/3 of family was overweight

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vera, A September 13, 2010 at 12:43 am

being a good model is the key to modifying eating habits for our kids.i think every mother who loves her family will make sure they eat healthy.

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Taylor B September 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I knew that obesity was a growing issue, but had know idea it was too the degree it is now. I feel as if it cant all be blamed on the parents because kids know whats good and bad for them. Every child has heard “eat your veggies” or “apple a day keeps the doctor away” and T.V. commercials make it ever more clear. In the childrens defense whats put on the supper table, in the pantry, or refrigerator falls on the parents. As well as making sure the child is active and involved in activities other than video games and T.V.

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Jessi R. September 9, 2010 at 11:10 pm

I found the second video to be very true. I remember when I was younger if I went out to eat with my mom I would usually end up eating food off of her plate instead of my own. This just goes to show that children really do want to be like their parents so if parents would do as the video says and eat healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains kids would definatley follow in their footsteps. I was lucky and my mom always made us meals at home with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Her saying was a colorful plate is a happy plate so she would always try to have at least a green and a fruit on there for us.

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Krysten A September 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm

i totally agree with marcie as well though because it is the parents responsibility to make sure they eat healthy. I know some parents who just give their kids ice cream and cookies before and after dinner just because they don’t want to listen to them complain about not getting any.

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Lacey H. September 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I know people like that as well but honestly we have the choice to give it to them. My child will know the word NO and if I don’t feel they should have it then they aren’t getting it and I just wish more parents told their children they couldn’t have stuff.

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Krysten A September 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm

obesity in children is common because they are not as active anymore…with all the technologies now-a-days kids don’t do much anymore except sit there and keep gaining weight.

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Debora M September 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I agree with the monkey see monkey do, as a parent of grown children, I see now what I should or shouldn’t have done. I always cooked healthy meals but I also always cooked too much and if it was there they were going to eat it. So far they are not obese but they are still in their 20’s, we have sat and talked about eating healthier and about what we need to be doing as far as exercising more and watching the take out foods. I am a diabetic and don’t want my children to go through what I have had to. This class has helped me tremendously and I am excited about the rest of the year.

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Lauren D September 9, 2010 at 12:50 am

I try to be a good role model for my son. We do not drink cokes or eat a whole lot of candy. Life is just so hectic right now that I usually cook something quick and not as healthy then a full-course meal would be.

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vera, A September 13, 2010 at 12:37 am

Good job Lauren! at least quitting the cokes is a great positive move.

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Marcie G September 8, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Many kids are not at fault it is the parents. When a kids says they are hungry give them healthy snack not junk food.

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Taylor B September 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I agree 100% any form of snack other than candy or other sweets.

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Holly Bean September 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Wow there a lot of overweight children. I didnt realize that childhood obesity was that serious. I knew that more children were overweight because it is so common to eat things like pizza and fast food all the time. Sodas are a big problem because if kids are watched they will drink a lot of sodas which are bad for them.

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Lauren D September 9, 2010 at 12:47 am

That’s exactly what I do not do is give my son cokes. I never will. I’m not always the best when it comes to feeding him the healthiest things but I do not feed him junk food. His snacks are like crackers and yogurt. I wanna try to raise him as healthy as possible.

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Ashley M September 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

“Monkey see, Monkey Do,” this phrase is 100% correct when it comes to childern. Parents really influence how a child develops and grows. Everyone struggles with their body. It is to be said that “Childern are eating themselves to death,” due to the choices that guardians are making. Diabetes, joint pain, heart diease, high chelestrol and etc. are all problems that involve obeasity. The truth is, being healthy is all about what you eat and being involved with fitness.
Obesity is due to the average lifestyle, emotions, and etc. Dont let childeren “crosswire,” determine their weight. By being a role model, having healthy available choices, and letting childern chose is the way to a healthier life.

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Terrie H September 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Great examples of our current situation. Fast food and no exercise. With the high demands of work and more and more companies having one employee do the work of 3 to save money, parents don’t want to cook. They pick up junk food for dinner. Feed the family then sit in front of a video game or a tv for the rest of the evening, generally snacking on something until bed time.
I was fortunate to come from a family and time. Where we left the house at 8am, checked in throughout the day and came home at dark. We got exercise and used our minds creatively. We ate three good meals a day. And fruit was the snack. We did not have cookies and junk in the house. Those were used for treats. EX: If you are good all week we will go to Baskin Robbins Saturday. And that was for one scoop.
I do like the preparing food ahead idea.

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JHR July 14, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I knew a lot of kids in school who’s parents let them be lazy and eat whatever they wanted whenever they wanted. And now most of them are overweight and a few have already been diagnosed with diabetes. If parents would just teach their children at a young age how to eat healthy, maybe there wouldn’t be such a problem with obesity

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SDS July 9, 2010 at 9:23 am

I knew for a fact that kids today were larger. When I was in high school we the ate foods and beverages of our choice and of course none of what we decided to eat was considered healthy. We ate exactly what was on the video which was pizzas, French fries, and nachos and the “occasional” salad. Not to mention, a large majority of high school students had part time jobs so we had extra cash to buy the junk food and the sodas. To be honest the fact that the economy is in shambles does not help not just childhood obesity, but obesity of all ages. I mean, you can buy a whole combo at Taco bell for $2 and the company sent out coupons for free limeades. I mean, who wouldn’t be tempted. …lol.
I also didn’t know childhood obesity was that serious, on the video the Dr. stated that her place of employment had to purchase 2 additional scales that had a greater capacity of 350lbs., which is horrible. Another Dr. also stated that children today, are taking the same medications as their parents or grandparents due to excessive weight. I honestly think that is a shame.

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RTP June 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm

A friend of mine is babysitting and she told me that one of the kids she’s keeping didn’t know what cherrios were. She said she asked him what kind cerial he normally ate and he told her “sugar smacks” and “fruit loops.” To me, the blame at that age is mostly on the parents for allowing their children to develop poor eating habits. Rather than kicking themselves, though, they should work together as a family (like the family in the video) in order to make a positive, long-term, healthy lifestyle change for everyone.

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MRC2 M Cottrell June 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Yes it is the parents who are to blame. Children do not know how to make the proper nutritional choices for their own little bodies. Of course, a child is going to go for the fun-looking cereal box instead of the healthy one. I do not buy those high-sugared cereals for my kids. They will test me when we are at the store though. I get them granola, Life, Cheerios, and raisin bran. They really like the healthy cereals too. I see problems with parenting when I am in the store. Problems like kids telling the parents what to do and the parent actually listening to them just to get them to not act up in public, I am going to tell you people who are like this something, it’s called a belt so buy one and use it. Same with choosing food, the adult has the authority to make the decision not the child.

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CET June 6, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I like healthy foods, but I also like a lot of junk. I have found out though, that it is hard to really eat healthy when you have roommates that eat your groceries, so the simplest thing you can do is eat out, grab something from a vending machine at school, or not eat. I think that since I’ve started college, just with the whole lifestyle change, I have become a lot more unhealthy due to my eating habits. Lately, I have become more aware of myself and the way I feel. Most of my insecurities about myself come from my weight. I am very committed now to making myself feel better by eating better, and not being so sedintary. Extra pounds really do make you self-conscious, as well as at risk for disease/complications.

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ARB June 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm

This video was extremely true. There is a serious problem with childhood obesity. My mother teachers high school in our home town. The other day I visited her at school. Walking through the halls and seeing all the heavier set children it didn’t take me long to realize that we have got to change something.

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SDH June 3, 2010 at 1:41 am

MEL, I sound just like your fiance, I eat Mcdonalds and all kinds of different junk food all day long! However, im pretty athletic and thin. I need to strive to eat more healthy so later on down the road i hopefully wont have any health risks!

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SDH June 3, 2010 at 1:38 am

My parents had a huge impact on what i ate as a kid. So i believe that adults play a huge part in the foods their kids eat. However, i believe that eating junk food isn’t bad as long as u exercise the certain amount of time to burn of the calories!

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CET June 6, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Same here. My parents always made sure that I ate really healthy when I was younger, but always let me have “junk” sometimes, too.

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QAL June 3, 2010 at 12:58 am

Childhood obesity is a growing problem that needs to be taken very seriously. I know that many would like to blame the schools for not promoting more activities for kids at school or the less than healthy food that is served at the schools. The schools may be responsible for the food that is available to the kids there, but parents are more responsible to the overall well being of their own child. Parents need to take a more active role in the fitness and nutrition in the child’s life. Parents have to set a better example for the children. If a child sees a parent who is active and eating healthy nutritious foods I think that child would be more inclined to do the same.

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admin June 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm

QAL
You are right. Parents’ way of eating and their life style have more influence then they think. I have been frustrated many times when overweight parents bring their overweight children in for counseling. The changes must come from the parents first then the children will follow. The earlier this occurs the easier it is for the whole family to make the healthy changes.

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MEL June 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm

My fiance is the perfect example of someone who eats too much junk food. He isn’t overweight, infact he is really really thin because he is athletic, but while he isn’t overweight, it is still bad how much unhealthy food he consumes in a day. I’ve already got him trying to eat healthy, however he doesn’t really like it. lol but I’m determined to get him used to eating and living a better lifestyle especially after we are married. When I was younger I struggled with weight and I’ve lost alot and I’m so used to eating healthy and actually enjoying. At first it can be hard and most people hate it but the longer you stick with it the more you enjoy the results.

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admin June 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm

MEL,
When you are young and active it seems you can eat anything and get away with it. The danger is with this unhealthy eating habit will follow you into your 40s and 50s. Your body does not process the calories you eat like when you were younger and it’s much harder to make dietary changes.
I know this since I was a competitive swimmer for 6 years. Those days of eating a whole 12 oz bag of potato chips and get away with it are long gone.

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RLM June 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

I can relate completely to Rachael. When I’m sad,hurt,or angry..grab some food and get buried in a book but during adolescence hormones are always flucuating so it was easy to overeat and overweight. This class has helped me tremendously! Thanks!

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ARB June 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I can agree with you on the emotional aspect of eating. The worst time for me is when I’m bored or doing school work. I t never fails if I sit down to read something for school there will be a coke and some candy bars present too.

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RTP June 8, 2010 at 8:38 pm

It is pretty helpful isn’t it? Just in the first few chapters I’ve already learned a lot of things about nutrition and weight management that I didn’t know before.

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AAA June 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I’ve always been “healthy” (not in the good way). My mother was overweight and a majority of my family. This really makes you think because I don’t want me children to repeat this cycle which can lead to so many health issues. I guess it has to start with me!

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Cassy Tucker June 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I really understood how that girl felt with eating when she felt sad or bored. I’ve done that before but i’ve noticed that i’ve started to do it even more now that im pregnant as well. This really showed me that im going to have to set a good example for my kid if I want them to eat right and not pick up my bad habits. This video defiently motivates me to be a good example and be a healthy eater and maybe even take some cooking classes.

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Jessica Brinsfield June 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I found this video to be right on target. Fast food has really taken a toll
on familes lives because no one has time any more.
I liked the idea of preparing meals and freezing them for later. It’s all to easy to say “I’ll pick dinner up on my way home.” or we can stop on the way out. and it’s never healty. (Burgers,Fries,Hotdogs,ect.)
I liked the way they pointed out that the Children follow the parents example. Do they ever. I think that one thing that would help is if families were more in tune with one another the parents would know what was happening in there childs life and if they did’nt use the video games or t.v. as a babysitter I think this might help our children. Short Example: “I was at the lake with my family it was memorial day so of course it was busy, there was a little boy there that was playing a ps2 or game boy or something like that his dad told him that he did not play electronic games while at the lake.” I think we need more of that family spending time with one another this will also encourage eating at home which will cause it to be a little healthier than fast (Junk) food.

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QAL June 3, 2010 at 1:05 am

After a long day of work or school the last thing that you want to do is try to cook something at home. I think that we are all guilty of that, but you are right when we cook instead of eating fast food burgers, or some other type of take out , we tend to eat healthier.

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Beth Mcraven June 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I am an overweight, 40 year old woman married to an average sized, wonderful, loving, accepting man and I have a gorgeous, healthy, physically fit, little boy who turns 6 this fall and who loves me unconditionally. I come from a family who, on both sides, have people who have struggled with their weight. I am the female version of my father and he has always struggled with his weight. I think about my chidhood and the fact that I was always “chubby”, but when I look back at pictures I see a little girl who was a little too heavy but very active in sports, cheerleading and ballet. As I grew older, into high school years, I had thin years and fat years, but in my head I was always a fat girl…still am. To tell the truth, I wish I was as “fat” as I was in high school! I was so hard on myself.
As for childhood obesity, I have a heightened awareness in regards to my son, and I am certain that the best thing I can do to combat it in the future is to handle my own battle with obesity and role model the lifestyle I want him to have. Going through life as a fat kid is emotionally painful, very painful in addition to unhealthy.

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Jessica Brinsfield June 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I wish you were not so hard on your self.
the past is past but you now have a reason to conquor this battle.
I know you can and I think this class is going to help everyone.
So when you get discouraged look at your son and keep moving forward. :)

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Beth Mcraven June 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Thank you, you’re a sweetheart!

admin June 4, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Beth,
Just the fact that you are aware of the effect of being overweight on your physical and emotional being is one step ahead of many. And the fact that you want to take action towards prevention for your child is another step ahead. Remember being magazine cover thin does not guarantee happiness. Start where you are, work with what you have and build up to your goal gradually. When it comes to making “life style changes” nothing that comes fast will lasts.

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SAF June 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I can relate to this some what. I know when I was in Highschool I was always in the at risk stage for obesity, but I’m 5’3 and have always been really muscular. But since I’ve been in college I’ve let myself slip and have gained weight I shouldn’t. Most is due to being bored. All I do is study and eat and thats what my days consisted of mostly this last year and I put on the pounds and it doesn’t help when the cafeteria doesn’t serve healthy food to pick from. It is something that is staring us in the face everyday.

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Beth Mcraven June 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Wow! I can’t imagine trying to control my weight if I were 5′ 3″. I am 5′ 9″ and super fat. I am greatful for my height! I too find that going through this past year in college has not helped my situation. Prior to returning to college I worked in management jobs that had me on my feet for 8 of the 10 hour shifts I worked. So I now spend hours sitting at a computer or reading and I know this is a huge change. It was welcome at first but now it’s just another hurdle. It feels great the times in my life when I have been active, so why does it have to be so difficult to get moving?

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MCS June 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm

You can snack healthy. That’s what I have to force myself to do. When I’m bored I always go running to the kitchen. But I’ve realized making something like a fruit salad or munching on wheat thins makes me feel less guilty later.

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JHR July 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I have to snack healthy. I’m the same way. If I’m bored im eating.

Lori Stacey June 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

This video was very upseting, but a reality thing that yes all of us need to pay attention to. Kids these days I feel are occupied with food instead of playing and family time. To me yes sorry it is a lazy world and people dont think that you can tell them anything. Healthy food choices need to be at the finger tips to these children and cook more at home.

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LMM May 31, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I agree that we as adults are a huge part of the problem. Parents have slacked on their role to “train” their child to be a happy, healthy and sucessful adult. We’ve lost touch with what is important. I think everyone overweight or not should have control of their eating habits.

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SAF June 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I agree, it is something that should happen and I for one know that when I was younger being a athlete I could eat whatever I wanted and not really worry cause even though I was really skinny I knew I would work it off. Now those habits have caught up to me and its hard to break. I wish I would have had help when I was younger so it wouldn’t be a problem now. Parents should have a more active role in the diet of their kids.

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MCS May 31, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I was so frustrated with my high school when they replaced the healthy options in the vending machines with junk. Obesity is so common and stares you right in the face wether you like it or not. Eating healthy isn’t hard. But neither is being lazy. I just can’t understand why parents let their children put poison in their bodies. Makes no sense to me

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LMM May 31, 2010 at 10:49 pm

In highschool I loved having the junk food and vending machines. However, now that I’m a parent myself I’d rather them gone. Society has painted a big picture telling people that its “ok”.

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MIA February 1, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I agree its odd how the schools have to provide a healthy meal, but they also give the choice of fries or pizza everyday?? I think its ok to have junk food in moderation. I am very bad my self i eat way to much fatty foods. It always seems ok for one time !! M-S

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