Thursday, August 11, 2005

Are We Responsible ????

While the pediatricians and nutritionists were quick to suggest to parents to start healthy eating habits early, my question still remains. From the start of a young girls' life we have other factors at work that encourage this kind of prepubescent obesity.

1. School and Daycare lunch and snack programs that are loaded so full of carbohydrates and empty calories with little of no nutritional value that we only encourage these young girls to become junk food-aholics. Soda and Vending machines located in schools and readily available to children.

2. School lunch programs devised by "nutritionists" and dieticians that are still working off of the FDA model of the food pyramid which is completely backward. These programs have usually three different food groups. A fruit, a vegetable, and a starch but all heavily slanted toward the higher carbohydrate containing members of that family.

3. Medical professionals (yes the same ones that may have been involved in writing the article and correcting you about your dietary choices at home) who prescribe various and assundry anti depression and mood altering medications that almost all list as a side effect -- guess what -- weight gain.

Lets get real here, there is a lot more at work than what is served on the tables at young girls homes in the USA every day.

4 Comments:

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Eban said...

Hi Doc, Eban Here, Angel's Brother-in-law. Glad to see you on the blogosphere!

Being a bodybuilder I see the agrivation that you must be going through looking at the youth of today.

Do kids even "Play" anymore? I mean play without a game controller.

As for #3, the word "Soma" comes to mind. Thank Huxley for that one. These days it seems that as soon as a kid shows any signs of acting like a kid such as a sense of wonder, a sense of adventure, a slightly rebelious spirit, they are drugged to the gills to conform. It is so sad!

Anyway, glad to see you around. Maybe you can be a voice of reason.

Later,
Eban

 
At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Eban said...

P.S. I am adding you to my blog links.

Have a great day!

 
At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Steve,

From an Alternative Healthcare Physician's point of view, what is the right food pyramid, especially proper nutrition for our youngsters?

Forever a Mommy

 
At 3:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you write about proper nutrition for children?

 

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