Here are some interesting facts. A child who has normal weight parents has a 7% chance of being overweight or obese. A child who has one over weight parent has a 40% chance of being overweight or obese. A child who has two overweight parents has a 70% chance of being overweight or obese. That is scary when you look at how many children today have two overweight or obese parents.
This is not only interesting it’s scary. For one thing, we see the close ties between parents and children. With food, the child will be eating what the parents eat. If the parents are eating fattening foods, then the children will be. If it is lots of fast food, the children are eating their share of it.
I’m an observer. I watch people. I believe these statistics prove out in actually seeing families. If the parents are overweight, most times the children will be also. If you see overweight children, you look for their parents and it’s not surprising to find them fat.
In addition, this occurs later in life as well. I don’t know the statistics, but of all of us that are fighting our weight, our parents probably did also. My dad never had a problem with weight. I don’t think he varied a few pounds his whole life. My mom has had to watch her weight. Although when we were growing up, neither one of my parents had a weight problem and my sister nor did I have a problem. I didn’t have to diet until after I turned 28.
As parents, we set the example. Our children need to see us eating healthy and exercising. What we do speak so much louder than what we say. We can’t just say, “Don’t eat that.” We can’t eat that.
Parents have a double responsibility to stop this statistic. Parents need to eat carefully and teach their kids to eat right also. Since the parents direct the eating at home, they must have healthy snacks, as well as nutritious menus. It is on the parents not to allow obesity in the family. It’s important for the health of the children.