Monday, September 19, 2011

Toddlers and Belly Fat





I am all for teaching the family about healthy eating.  I am not exactly doing it, but I am definitely all for it.  I am all for introducing new foods to my kids, knowing full well they will likely turn their noses up at it.  I insist that they at least try one bite of something new so they can truly decide if they like it or not.  I understand this news piece.  I do...and the article that goes with it, which can be found here.   My problem is presentation:  TODDLERS AND BELLY FAT.  WHAT THE FRENCH TOAST!?  Toddlers are supposed to have sticky outy bellies people!  And that woman talking about her daughter in the video!  About how she can SEE the gain of a couple of nights sweet treats in her daughters belly!!  What the heck!?  Is she trying to create an eating disorder in her child?  Am I overreacting?  And I love the doctor.  I actually commented on the site, "How many children does she have?"  She doesn't talk like she has she any.  I know my kids well enough to know that they will not give in eventually to foods they don't like.  What kid does?

That being said here is my two cents on how this article should have gone down:  First off all, that woman should be slapped for practically calling her baby fat.  Second, the article is called TODDLERS AND BELLY FAT.  Let's call it:  TODDLERS LEARN ABOUT BELLY FAT.  Then they could have launched into the story about teaching our kids about healthy eating.  And the doctor?  Well...she needs to spend about a month with kids before advising what to do with them especially if she truly doesn't have any of own.

What are your thoughts? 

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8 comments:

Emmy said...

I can almost see her belly get fat--the way she said it-holy cow. I think she just wanted her 15 mins of fame.
I didn't find anything too offensive with what was said though-the lady did annoy me though

Shell said...

I kinda want to punch that one mom.

The info was good- for parents who need to know what their kids should be eating, but the intro was really annoying!

MiMi said...

the way that woman talked...I wanted to smack her!!!

Christina Lee said...

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!!!

mormonhermitmom said...

It's called "boot the kid outside to play".

blueviolet said...

There's a way to talk about healthy eating without creating eating disorders. What is wrong with these people?

Nicole said...

Ok so what's sad about that is the parents who themselves aren't obese will probably be the ones who would put their kids there... if that makes sense. The obese parents wouldn't take their kids there to gain anything... well the parents who aren't that way themselves, more than likely won't allow their kids to get that way anyway. And not that any parent wants their kid that way, but still. And I have no idea if I made any sense. I think it is however stupid to teach your toddler's about nutrition... seriously, like they have a choice in what they eat... really?

I did read somewhere that it takes 12 times of eating something before you can officially say I don't like this b/c our tastes are constantly changing, especially as kids so at our house, we have a rule with my {step}daughter... she has to try something (at least a bite) 12 times (not in the same sitting) before I'll let her say, I don't like this and not eat it again :) I'm trying to broaden her horizon's b/c I don't think she gets that with her mom... maybe I'm mean...

Amy said...

HA! That mother. She said what she said (complete bunk, by the way) and then did you see the food she packed for her daughter? Really? If she is that concerned about her daughter's weight gain, maybe she should give her healthy food for lunch?! Just saying. At any rate, I have to say, teaching toddlers about nutrition is awesome. I have been doing that with my son, and he impresses me. Quite often he will turn down the cookies because he says they are not good for his body, and he wants to grow healthy and strong. I guess basically, I am saying I disagree with Nicole. Little kids, toddlers even, are at a wonderful age to learn about nutrition. And a trick I learned from my mother to help kids eat more veggies... give them the choice. "Do you want to have beans or carrots with dinner tonight?" and then have them prepare whatever they choose. They will feel empowered, in charge, and proud. And since they made it, they will want to eat it. :)
Wow, nutrition really is a soapbox for me. Thanks for letting me add my two cents.