JP1 wrote:Its just so important to look after your kids health though and unless its a medical condition theres just no excuse for some of our kids to be overweight especially once the education is in place.
Umm... I think you should know, that attitude you've got there? That's an attitude that has caused some really terrible lives.
Some kids are fat. Full stop. And it's not what they eat, how active they are, whatever. Some kids are just fat. Adults maybe have a say in it, they can change their bodies. But the way the body develops, some kids end up fat before they grow into it.
I have a very close friend who was a fat kid. She ate no different from the rest of us, was no less active than the rest of us - and of this I am CERTAIN. She also had to deal with well meaning adults who assumed she just didn't know any better and was stuffing her face with cake at every opportunity. Things like teachers checking her lunch box for 'bad foods' - the same teachers that turned a blind eye to the multiple chip packets and chocolate bars in the skinny kids lunch boxes. Adults encouraged her to diet and try and look like the skinny kids - this has destroyed her self-image. The fact that adults picked on her also made it okay for other kids to pick on her, and oh how they did.
It wasn't a medical condition (but how could those well-meaning adults have known if it was?) - it was just how her body developed. And if she hadn't had to endure what she did, she'd probably be no different from normal now. But because of what she endured, and because she began dieting and trying to loose weight at 7 years old (a time when you really shouldn't deprive your body of food), she's now far more overweight than she should be. She's also got the self-esteem of an ant.
Please remember, everyone, that fat kids have feelings too. They're intelligent, they know you're talking about them, and they know the world hates their fat. Encouraging them to diet makes things worse, and makes them feel like c***. Also, be careful of what you say around normal sized kids - the more they hear about how fat is bad, the more it becomes okay for them to harass fat kids. Whether they mean it to be bad or not. Kids don't live under rocks - I've heard 8 year olds tell other 8 year olds they need to go to Jenny Craig.
Some kids are fat. Let them be fat. They'll loose weight when they're adults, if they need to. But for now, just let them be fat.