Over this past summer we went on an awesome vacay with the fam-jam. A four-day road trip to Toronto and Niagara falls, where we took our offspring to places like Canada’s Wonderland and The Great Wolf Lodge. It was a whole lot of fun, but I couldn’t help but feel sad for some of the kids and families we encountered on this trek.
You see, I have no problem with grown ups eating themselves into an early grave….they chose that path. HOWEVER, seeing neckless, ankle-less toddlers waddling around jonesing for their next sugar fix breaks my heart. It’s one thing to read about how childhood obesity is on the rise around the world, but it’s seeing it in our very own backyard that hits the hardest. I saw children, barely a year or two old, that outweigh my two kids (4 and 6 years of age) put together. Children cannot buy groceries alone and they didn’t make the choice of eating massive amounts of sugar and deep fried food, its just what their parents have taught them and allow them to do. And yes I will say it… I believe that letting your child consume more food in one meal than a grown up should eat in an entire day is child abuse. Some of these kids could barely walk they were so plump!
Don’t get me wrong, we indulged in treats too! Ice cream, snow cones….but in moderation. We also ensured that our kids got their helpings of fruit and veggies while many children barely had a speck of colour on their plates (it was all brown, refined, deep fried crap). Even at restaurants, the kid’s menus always had the option of steamed vegetables for sides and we chose those for the kids. But a single glance around said restaurant would show that we were one of the few who made that choice. We packed lunches (which not only ensures a balanced meal but also saves a couple dollars) and had granola bars, apples and loads of water on hand.
Kids are not born picky eaters, picky eaters are created! Parents are the children’s only hope to form good eating habits. Amusement parks and tourist attractions do offer healthier food options, but I do understand that they also push a lot of the junk food that kids crave way more of. That’s why its up to the parents to filter out the junk. This problem doesn’t only fester in theme parks, but in your kids’ school cafeterias as well!
One of my favourite people on this planet has to be Jamie Oliver…. He is a passionate father, chef and food activist who is constantly fighting against childhood obesity by approaching schools and they way they prepare the children’s meals (Jamie Oliver’s appearance on TedTalks is definitely worth the watch!!!). He is in Canada at his very moment to help spread awareness by reaching out to our very own Prime Minister, Mr. Trudeau!
Best of luck, Jamie!
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