Fat children

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Wed, 01-04-2012 - 3:48pm

"Being Fat Takes The Fun Out of Being a Kid"

Watching The Today Show this morning I saw a segment about childhood obesity.

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Registered: 12-12-2007
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 7:34pm
as a person that has never had trouble with her weight, I don't know that I'm the best judge of this. But saying this has gone too far seems like over reacting to me. I'm a very direct person and these adds seem very direct. The boy says, "I like to play video games by myself because the other kids don't pick on me". He was very direct and honest. So to me, it seems like it may be time to also be teaching tolerance of others. Our nation still misses on this in a major way. I don't think being over weight is good for anyone - adult or child - it is time for us to learn more about the proper steps to take to being healthier. School lunches do not help! So to me GA is just scratching the surface of what is happening. I hope they continue their campaign with what to do next and that tolerance of others is included.
KRISTIE
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Registered: 05-03-2007
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 11:03pm
I think the commercials should be about healthier eating.. choosing pedal cars and bikes not battery powered.. limiting video games.. taking kids to the pool.. ect.. ive never had a weight problem.. but understand healthy choices when it comes to foods and excersise.. my 12 year old son, in his class room of 24, is one of two kids who r NOT obese! I didnt beleive him till i went to school for thanksgiving stuffs..im in Missouri.. i make sure my kids get outside and play everyday.. aroind our housing area, i was unaware that there where even kids in it for a long time. They r never outside.. i believe this is why obesity is an issue now days.. but u also have to realize some of the problem also being both parents have to work longer, harder hours and are very tired when they r home...grabbing fast food because there r so many other things to be done...ect. so they choose inside activities.. things r different now days.. im blessed to be a stay at home mom so i have more time with my kids.. SAHM's is harder to do in todays world.. also i agree with the PP.. kids dont want to be outside because of being "picked on" and bad choices at school lunches, selling chocalate bars. Ect. I feel its combined issues all working agaist kids and parents.. the world is not the same as 50 years ago when one parent working was plenty... Just my 2 cents anyhow..
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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 5:34pm

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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 8:35pm
As someone who hasbattled weight issues sinc Jr High, I think they are stupid. Overweight people know that they are overweight. Being told to eat right and excersize?? Yeah, we know. I used to ride my bike over 200 miles a week, but still had a belly on me. My legs and butt were rock hard. But, without working out my arms and such, I was not fit. I was not fat either, but not fit But as a kid, I knew how hard I worked on my bike, and trust me, riding at least 20 miles in January in Chicago is tough!! And having your doctor, grandmother, etc.. ask if you are working out is the worst! I never had that bad of diet,my cholestrol, blood sugars, etc.... have always been in the good zone. My doctor used to tell me I ate the right stuff, but too much of it. So, to me singling out kids, telling them to go out and play, etc...is just making them feel worse.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 12-24-2005
Mon, 01-23-2012 - 10:18pm

At my advanced age I don't want to pull one of those, "When I was a kid I use to (whatever)" bits, but in this case I'll chime in since there are definitely many differences between then and now.

When I was a kid the rest of the kids, teens and adults came in all sizes and shapes, - but never 'fat' unless someone had a true medical issue. Why? We lived in a different enviorment with different lifestyles during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s and there wasn't any of the 'politically correct' limitations on our

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Tue, 01-24-2012 - 4:19pm

When I was in elementary school we had recess twice a day!

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Wed, 01-25-2012 - 11:21am

We are dating ourselves. I too remember Saturday morning cartoons being a BIG deal because that's the only day we could watch them. I also remember fruit being the only snack after school. A candy bar or cookies was a really special treat and we got TWO cookies, and that was it. We divided a giant candy bar between us six kids (your talking a couple of squares,) popped popcorn and shared an equivilant of a litre of coke between ourselves and our parents for the Disney movie on Sunday night. Potato chips were for parties, like Christmas parties or birthday parties. They were served with dip, another HUGE treat. We palyed outside after school, riding bikes, skateboards, playing Red Rover, etc.

I too was unaware there were other kids in my neighbor hood until I got home the same time the kids got off the bus stop. I was amazed that there were kids, albeit, every single one of the getting off the bus was chubby to obese. They must go home and stay inside. With my dd, unless the weather is horrible, we kick her out to ride her bike, play with her dog, play on her play set or one of us goes with her out to our pond. We have a couple of acres and while she complains that it's boring with no other kids aroud, she still has to play outside.

I was the parent that weighed and measured kids in the Kindergarten class. It was really sad that at the end of the year, two of them weighed over 100 lbs. The boy was really PROUD to weigh over 100 pounds, but then again, both his parents are extremely overweight. Moms got to be tipping 200 and Dad 300. It was really sad.

Don't think I can't empathize about being overweight. After dds birth my thyroid shut down and I weighed over 200 lbs. I hated the way people treated me. They didn't even look me in the eye when they talked to me. One checker at the grocery store always treated me like I was an idiot. Once I lost the weight the people who wouldn't look would look at me again. The checker (idiot) actually flirts with me now. I have no pictures of me with my daughter as a baby because noone took any of me. Theres all these pictures with her dad and other family members, but it's like I was non existant.



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Registered: 12-12-2007
Wed, 01-25-2012 - 2:32pm
Yes, we are dating ourselves!! I too remember Saturday morning cartoons and Sunday night Disney. I used to tug on Mom's skirt after church to hurry and go home so I wouldn't miss any Disney!! LoL!!!

Your experience with being overweight is exactlly the reason we need to learn tolerance of other people in many areas of life not just weight. We don't have to agree with what we believe is wrong, but we do have to have respect for people. I used to teach HS and a fellow teacher was an overweight woman and I was pretty much shunned for being friends for her, so I understand a tiny bit. This was part of the reason I left the school. I didn't want to be a part of such a narrow minded organization. She was an excellent teacher!!!

Did any of you have a garden growing up? We did and we didn't purchase a lot of veggies from the store. I'm super excited to try a garden this year in our green house! It's been a long time, but I'm hoping that in the next couple of years I will have a good handle on it and it will help the grocery bills.
KRISTIE
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Thu, 01-26-2012 - 9:20am

You just brought back more memories.....Friday nights was homemade pizza nights where we made our own pizza.....2 cookie sheets of pizza for 7...or more people, and we were permitted to have Pepsi then.

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Thu, 01-26-2012 - 9:27am

Oh yes....more memories!

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