Why Are Kids Obese?

This "lovely" image popped up on my Facebook the other day and I am amazed how many people agree with this because it is way off in my opinion.

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This is a really bad comparison because water is free if you drink from the tap or a water fountain. If you want a bottle, buy a water bottle and reuse it! Bottled water tastes no different than tap water. If you want filtered water, then invest in a Britta.

As for the burger and salad comparison, sure, if you got to McDonald's, but even a McDonald's salad is not healthy. If you want a healthy salad, your best bet is to make your own and it will come out cheaper. 

I don't think eating healthy is not as expensive as everyone thinks, it is just a matter of convenience and time. It's easy to say people are lazy, and maybe some are, but I think in today's busy world where many are forced to work more than one job to make a living, time is the bigger factor. It's easy to make quick processed foods like macaroni, ramen, and frozen dinners or just to go to a fast-food restaurant. However, there are many healthy meals that don't require that much time, but I think the problem is people are not educated enough to make those healthier options or they may lack the devices to make it easy, like a Crockpot or an Instapot. 

In reality, it has nothing to do with cost, but everything to do with time. I love to cook, but even I have those long, busy days where all I want to is pop a frozen pizza in the oven. The problem is when you eat these unhealthy meals every day, rather than just once a week. We need to teach kids to eat healthily and we need parents of those kids to be willing to take the time to prepare healthy foods rather than turning to McDonald's or Burger King.


So why are children overweight? Here is what WebMD has to say:

Children become overweight and obese for a variety of reasons. The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these factors. Only in rare cases is being overweight caused by a medical condition such as a hormonal problem. (source)

So it is not just eating healthy, it can be due to not enough exercise. In today's world, everyone is on their phone, their computer, or watching TV. Children play video games instead of going outside and running around.

I wanted to lose weight without dieting as dieting is proven to not work and can be harmful, so I started running, already I have lost ten pounds. I also have PCOS so losing weight is much harder for me as my body is designed to store more fat than others. 

There are a lot of factors and the only way to prevent obesity is through education. This can include parents. Schools and parents need to provide healthy food options for kids. Parents also need to make sure their kids are staying active. I'm not a huge fan of limiting screentime, but if it's all your child does, then restrictions may be needed.

Also, a bigger help would be increasing the minimum wage so people can make a living off of one job and have the time to make healthier foods and exercise. 

It's not cost that's the issue, it's time, and unless your rich, you don't get much time.

Here is a great Ted Talk about the need for educating children about food:



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