The December 5, 2011 Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine reports a troubling study. The known fact is that 30% of children are overweight, but only 25% of the parents of overweight children ever remember their pediatrician discussing it with them.
The study concludes that one of three scenarios are occurring: 1) pediatricians aren’t screening the kids for overweight and obesity, 2) pediatricians are neglecting to have the very important conversation with the parents, or 3) the parents aren’t listening.
I often times say that there will be an entire generation of parents in their 70s who will experience their 40 or 50 year-old children having their limbs amputated due to late stage diabetes – and they will have to share much of the blame.
That sounds cold. That sounds cruel. It isn’t politically correct, but it’s the truth! If you are fat, and your child is fat, you must do something about it.
You need to learn to exercise the right way. You need to learn the difference between good fats and bad fats. You need to understand how devastating sugar and refined foods are for you and your children. It’s poison!
Childhood obesity is serious. Parents need to be parents and take control of their own health and the health of their children. It’s not going to be a pleasant day when they start losing their limbs.