This is about the hardest thing I've ever done — for real. Taking away cake and cookies and goodie bags full of treats from my kids is like a bad man taking candy from a baby. There's a lot of guilt associated with taking the "good" bad stuff from your kids, but in the end, I know that I am on a mission to keep my kids from becoming obese adults.
And even more, I don't want a repeat of 2009 — the year when my 25-year-old stepson died from diabetes complications.
While many of us are thinking about our own New Year's resolutions to lose weight, I'm thinking about my kids, who are classified as slightly overweight according to their fitness profile at school. The profile is a quarterly report the school does in an effort to promote healthy eating and track the progress of students to ensure they are within normal health guidelines for their age. There has been some controversy over the "fat letter" given out by schools, and many parents are outraged about it. Bug instead of being angry, I'm using it as a catalyst to make some necessary changes in my children's lives.
Sometimes, it's hard for parents to control their kids' diet without feeling like they're making their kids feel as if they were fat. But according to the American Obesity Association, about 15 percent of adolescents (aged 12-19 years) and children (aged 6-11 years) are currently obese. These numbers are expected to continue to increase.
And we all know the negativity that comes along with the "f" word. There's bullying from other kids, unrealistic media images and the overall sense that there's a very fine line between your kids loving themselves and hating the way you're making them feel. So now begins the mission to help my kids become healthier without making them feel like they are fat or shaming them into submission. Because it's not about them becoming ultra-skinny — this is a mission to help them live healthier lifestyles so that diabetes, heart disease and other ailments don't become a part of their health profile.
No sweet stuff, no refined sugar and no deadly high-fructose corn syrup — these harmful foods are the first to get cut from our grocery list! I've started closely monitoring exactly what my kids eat. That means surveying the school breakfast and lunch to really see if it's nutritious. And no, a honey bun disguised as a breakfast roll doesn't exactly qualify as a healthy breakfast, no matter how much the lunchroom manager tries to convince me otherwise.
Eating healthy doesn't have to cost more. Use these tips and materials from the USDA to help you make choices that are not only healthy but also economical.
Obesity in kids is an epidemic, and it's one that I refuse to allow my kids to be part of. Moms, don't let other people run a guilt trip on you — and don't run one on yourself! It's OK to help your kids live a lot healthier. Try these tips to help you along this fitness journey:
By adjusting how you and your kids think about healthy living, you'll soon be on your way to being fit and fabulous!
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