Obese kids, who's to blame?

@MeNme1 (125)
United States
September 4, 2010 12:45pm CST
I observe that there are a lot of kids who are obese specially in US. Obese is a health hazard. Kids that are obese are likely to be candidates for diabetes. Who are to be blame with this obese kids? The school with vending machine that cater sweets and sodas. Parents who's giving kids money to spend? Kids himself because they buy all the food they want without being aware of what it does to their health? Media that introduce those sugary stuff?
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@m_perez (506)
• United States
4 Sep 10
I really think it's the parents fault for having their children in healthy conditions. Kids don't really know how to make good choices so the parents have to help in that. If you look at an obese kids then at his/her mother you will see that she too is obese(well not all the time). Parents are the one's who provide their children with food. They take them out to go eat to places like mcdonalds, burger king and other fast food restaurants. I had a neighbor who would take their children every time to mcdonalds after she picked them up to school. Her excuse was that she didn't have time to make them food(she could have just made her husband do the cooking). Anyways the two kids ended up gaining a lot of weight over time and still to this day they keep gaining. I haven't seen them recently but I saw them two months ago in the store and they were obese. It upsets me how some parents can't take responsibility of their own chil'd health. Either that or they just don't care.
@MeNme1 (125)
• United States
5 Sep 10
Yeah, that reasoning for parents is unacceptable. I think they are just become exhausted to take care of their kids in the right way.
• United States
5 Sep 10
I think we all are forgetting the big picture here on a possible reason why our youth is so obese. We are forgetting that our world has become a two income household where both parents have to be in the workforce to make ends meet. This leaves the children to fend for themselves for a few hours and since there is no time to prepare healthy meals,parents are buying these prepackaged meals for quick easy choices. And it is this type of food that our children are eating as snacks and dinners. I agree this has lead to parents being exhausted when they come home and trying to educate thier kids about healthy eating habits have flew right out the window.
@m_perez (506)
• United States
11 Sep 10
There is meals out there that are healthy and can be made in a couple of minutes. If both the parents have to work in order to get money well don't you think they should spend less money on fast food since it can get costly if the parents keep purchasing it. I doubt parents would leave a child all be her/himself. I'm sure they would ask a neighbor or hire a responsible babysitter for the kid. Though in some circumstances a parent has no choice but to leave their child alone, but like I states before there are easy healthy meals out their. Another solution could be that the parent could make the meal ahead of time therefore the child would just have to heat it up or just take it out of the fridge. Parents should just stop buying less junk food and more fruit. If their is no junk food to eat around the house a child will resort to a fruit as a snack. Kids will eventually eat something. Besides fruit is more cheap to buy.
@rosegardens (3043)
• United States
4 Sep 10
I think it begins at home with the parents, in most cases. Now there are some children who have an eating disorder and get around the parents by sneaking food at night and getting it from other places, but a majority of the time I believe it is the parents who are at fault. Many kids get money for their lunches, instead of mom or dad packing a lunch for them or having them make their own to take to school when they are old enough. Of course they are not going to eat the healthy things available when they are given money to buy their lunch; the fat-laden and sugar filled foods will usually win out with a child. Eating properly is too big a responsibility for a child who is not monitored and given too many bad choices. I myself would have difficulty choosing good food over bad if I had to depend on the lunchroom instead of bringing my own and leaving money at home. I can't tell you how many times in the grocery store a child whined and whimpered and threw a fit until they got the snack they wanted. My parents would have taken me to the car and spanked me for that, and certainly there would be no 'reward' for my behavior from the store. It just drives me stark raving mad to see a child controlling the parent and getting something that is not good for them that should be a special treat and not an every time we go to the grocer thing. Why do they get rewarded for merely going to the store, most especially if they are throwing a tantrum? I don't see many children outside playing enough. Most of the time they are cooped up in the house playing a game, watching tv, on a cell phone, on the computer, etc. In my opinion, a child should not have access to these things unless it is for school work, and the tv needs to be limited to one or two hours a day and no more, unless there is a special on for the holidays or something. They should be made to go out and play, to run and get exercise and learn valuable social skills interacting with other children.
@MeNme1 (125)
• United States
5 Sep 10
Good point rosegarden. Giving the kids money to buy their own lunches is a big contribution why they become obese. "Mommy and Daddy are not watching, so I can eat what the hell I want," kids said. Also, kids are lacking physical activity.
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• Bulgaria
4 Sep 10
Obese kids get addicted to fast food restaraunts,so much that they can't live without them.Just for example-watch the movie about big pun :(
@MeNme1 (125)
• United States
5 Sep 10
I think fast food restaurants have few healthy choices too. It's the way how they eat and what they do.
@offkey (313)
• United States
4 Sep 10
I think the Parents, parent's are the ones that are responsible for teaching healthy eating habit's. I think it's ridiculous to blame the media, people make their own decisions and some feel that they can blame others for what they've done to them selves. Schools have done a lot to put healthier things in vending machines, and they have the choice of buying sweets or opt for a healthier choice. I know my High School also had a machine with juice and a lot of teens choice that.
@MeNme1 (125)
• United States
4 Sep 10
Yup, its kids choice if they know what they are.
• Philippines
5 Sep 10
Blame it to the mass media!!! Mass media is one to blame why these kids today are obese. The exposure of the children most importantly in TV creates their curiosity to taste and indulge more without the consent of their parents. But parentsshould monitor their children what foods they should eat. Obesity, of course is not good to health and may cause to diabetes.
@atv818 (1988)
• United Arab Emirates
5 Sep 10
I'm sorry to say this but the parents are at fault. Kids will be kids. They oftentimes don't know what is right from wrong. I know they love their kids by giving them food that they want. Little did they know that they are harming them more than doing good to them. Unless they stop this kind of love, more and more kids will be obese by the time they reach their teens.
@oldchem1 (8144)
5 Sep 10
My four grandchildren - Here are the four sisters in Disneyland, you can see the difference in weight
I responded to a similiar discussion to this last week and it is a subject that gets me very annoyed. YES in many cases parents are to blame for obesity in children but this is not always the case. Anyone who reads my discussions will be aware that I have a fairly large family - three of my daughters all have chilren (the fourth is due to deliver anytime now!!) My eldest daughter has four girls - as she struggled with her weight as a teenager she is VERY carefulabout what her children eat - they eat good, healthy food with lots of fruit and vegetables, sweets and crisps etc are the very odd treat. Her eldest daughter is 14 and stick thin, her two youngest daughters are slim too - but Emily her 11 year old REALLY struggles with her weight - despite eating the same as her sisters and playing games , running around etc. I have enclosed a photo of then taken last month in Disneyland Paris - I'm sure that you can see the difference but it certainly is not the parents fault. My middle daughter has the same problem - she has three children - again all brought up the same way, fed well run around like all healthy kids should - two are slim but the four year old is a real tubby madam - she has difficulty finding clothes to fit her, again this is nothing to do with the parents and how they bring up, feed and educate their children. I do agree that ther is a lot of bad parebnting with regards to helath, weight and feeding with children. Before I moved I knew mothers who took their children to schpoolin the car when they only lived a three minute walk away. I think many schools also have a lot to answer for, the primary schoolthat my soin used toattend before we moved and where my three grandchildren now attend has headmaster with no interest atall in sort. When my son attended there were afterschool netball, rugby and football training and teams - he has got rid of all of these things - children need excercise and he (a fat slob himself) just can't be bothered to supply it for them. But please don't tar all parents of overweight children with the same brush - it isn't always their fault!!
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
5 Sep 10
For me the parents because they want that there kids is good looking and feel healthy not knowing that healthy only to look but inside is more cruel specially if they are in time's of 50-80 years of age it can suffer in cancer.
• Philippines
5 Sep 10
No to blame. Kids might be obese because of the genes they acquire from their parents, making them big
@redhotpogo (4400)
• United States
5 Sep 10
The parents and the media. The parents for not having the common sense to know that it's not healthy for their kids, and to teach their kids healthier eating habits, and they media for telling everyone it's okay to be fat, and it's healthy. You're beautiful just the way you are. No. There is nothing beautiful about being fat, and it's very unhealthy.
@pogi253 (1587)
• Philippines
5 Sep 10
All parents make every possible effort to give their best to their kids in every way. In effort parents tends to push their kids to over eat and thereby making them prone to obesity. Children always tend to pick up habits from their family members. So, it is essential that parents set a healthy living atmosphere for children to emulate. One example is involve kids while going for shopping for groceries and vegetables and assist them in picking up healthy food.
@tweetbird (161)
• United States
5 Sep 10
Who's to blame? 1. Food manufacturers who have addictive ingredients that aren't good for you. 2. Lack of physical activity 3. Genetics from parents or family 4. Bad eating habits 5. Stress (can make people gain weight) When obesity is genetic, it's really hard to fight it but it's possible. It just takes a lot more effort via diet and consistent exercise.