Here’s a newsflash…

…food that is high in fat makes you, well, FAT.

Nothing annoys or saddens me more than overweight children. Let’s get tough here: allowing your child to become over-weight is at best neglect, and at worst, where children are allowed to become clinically obese, it is child-abuse.

I am sick of hearing pathetic excuses from people about why their child is over-weight (or even worse, denying the fact). I have just read a post on a forum that had me shaking my head in disbelief: a lady was asking advice about how she could get her over-weight child to eat something healthy. She went on to say that her youngest looked ill, and it was probably because he never ate any fruit and vegetables (hey, no shit, Sherlock). She claimed that her kids always refused to eat anything healthy and that she couldn’t deal with the fight that ensued when she dished up something which wasn’t quite to their liking.

Hmm….yes, okay then. Give them food that is crap, just to save you an argument. Sounds good to me.

As parents, we take on a job that will push us to our very limits, try every ounce of patience and generally want to make us pull our hair out. We’ve all experienced picky eaters, refusal to eat and down-right horrific meal-times, but we don’t all lie down and give in to the demands of little people that really do not know any better.

If you want to eat and eat and eat food that is unhealthy, go ahead. But do not force that rubbish on innocent kids. Be the one in control. Be responsible. Be the parent. Most countries in the western world are in crisis, with more people over-weight than ever before. Gone are the days when people sued McDonalds for making them fat. Unless you live in a large, deep hole, you know  what is good for you and what is not. Don’t get me wrong: I am not a crazed salad-wielding, cabbage-crunching lunatic, I let my kids eat a whole host of junk food, but the most important thing is that they also eat healthy food – they eat a balanced diet.

So, parents, if you recognise yourself in any of my words: wise up. Quit making pathetic excuses and do the right thing: teach your kids how to eat sensibly.

You owe it to them.

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