Do you watch what your children eat?

@34momma (13896)
United States
October 3, 2012 2:15pm CST
My son who is now 17 use to be so over weight when he was 7-12. I honestly feel so bad that I noticed, but didn't really notice. When we went for a check up and got a health scare it brought it to light how over weight he was. Since then I have been on a journey for myself, my family, and everyone I meet to get healthy. I started to watch what he ate, and prepared all of his meals a head of time. I stopped buying all junk food. He was already active with basketball and football. In about 4 months he lost 65 pounds. I know have a very heatlhy 17 year old young man. So do you watch what your kids eat? Do you do your best to make sure they eat healthy daily. Incudling fresh fruits and veggies?
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• United States
4 Oct 12
I think a lot of people are getting healthy because lets face it, fast food only gets you fat fast. My son also needs to lose some weight and we've been eating healthier but he's fighting us on it. He likes cheeseburgers and thinks he can justify them by saying he'll play Just Dance or take a walk. He only sets himself up to have a fight because he won't back up what he says he'll do. Our family is eating healthier because its better for us, its not a diet, its a life style change.
@34momma (13896)
• United States
4 Oct 12
It really is a life style change. I think if he has a buger once in a while that's not a big deal. but if it's something he is eating every single day, then you might have a problem. If he is active that is great too. What i have learned with my own son, the more you so no, the more they here yes... So instead of saying no, give other options... it's a work in progress and some have to learn in their own way at their own time
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
17 Nov 15
It requires an awful lot of exercise to burn off calories. And doing it can make you hungry!
@yanzalong (10151)
• Indonesia
4 Oct 12
My wife seriously takes care of what her kids eat. We have two kids, one of them is thin, and a younger one much fatter. What worries my wife is that our first daughter seems to put on no weight. She eats like a bird, you see. We've tried to buy foods that will make her fat but till now our effort has not showed good results yet.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
4 Oct 12
you don't want to make her fat. If she is thin but healthy then let her be. Skinny isn't always healthy and having a bit more weight doesn't mean you are not well. Allow the doctor to tell you if she is not doing well being to thin. Remember, she is the make up of you and your wife, plus many people before her.
@Anne18 (11036)
3 Oct 12
Well done. I watch watch my children eat very carefully. My children have three fruits/veg in there lunch boxes and they choose what they have, that way I feel that there is more chance that they will actually eat the fruit/veg. We also have at least three veggies with our main meal of the day. If they are hungry inbetween meals I tell them to have fruit, if they can't eat fruit then they can't be that hungry. Keep up the very good work.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
3 Oct 12
I do the very same thing. I allow them to pick what they like to eat. I keep all junk food out of the house expect on Sundays when my daughter likes to bake. They are so use to eating well they don't know any other way
@GemmaR (8526)
4 Oct 12
I think that it is very important to make sure that your children learn how to eat healthily, because these are lessons that they would be able to make use of in their adult lives. I was very overweight by the time I left home because I grew up thinking that the meals I was eating were normal, and it turned out that they were nothing of the sort. So then I faced having to lose over 100 pounds just to be a healthy weight. I did so, and now I am a lot happier in the knowledge that I am now eating a healthy amount and I will be able to carry that on throughout my life.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Oct 12
hi 34momma all the time mine w ere little and growing up yes and their weights were fine.we lost our little girl at 8 but our son had grown up to be a fun man,.bu t lately since he has got his owb one bedroom apt he admits he has been eating out too much a nd gained some weight, fa t ,salt, and sugare is what he says does him in and when he does his o wn coo king he is m uch healthier. Here I must at G old C rest retirement center take myh daily multi'vitamin and my fish oil capsu les as their menus are not always completely healthy no matter what that kid of a dietitician says. the three owners give them a b ottom line theres no getting arou nd that at all.the rules on a retirement center are not as stingent as o n nursing homes for t he elderly so they get by with tiny cups for w ater and beverages andnow they refuse to let us brng our own normal or large sized cups do wn so back to keeping plenty of w ater and other fluids in our rooms.I still try to eat a healthy diet but its hard when you cannot cook for yourself.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Oct 12
typo alert fine man not fun man drat.own apt. not owb my not myh stringent noi stingent
@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
17 Nov 15
I always tried to give them as healthy a diet as possible, with plenty of fruit and veg.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
5 Oct 12
I dont have kids, but when I was younger my parents watched us. We never really ate a lot of junk. But I know a few friends who use to get all junk, and even to this day. I must admit now I do eat a little more junk than I did growing up. But I was never overweight, even now I could spare a few pounds (I'm 150 pounds and 5 foot 5). But it's how you raise them, and teach them we always were raised on homemade food, and mixed meals. A girl I use to work with use to eat all junk, and she was well over 400 pounds. But her parents didnt watch or teach her how to properly eat.
• Philippines
5 Oct 12
I have a 15 year old daughter and I have problems with her weight and eating habits. I enrolled her in gym and also watch her food intake but I cannot watch her everytime especially when she is in school. Last summer she lost weight but she gained weight when school started. I even caught her sneaking at night and got food at the refrigerator. Hahahha. I just hope and pray that she will realize that she really need to watch her diet.