News just in from Australia…if you thought it was the poor food choice by parents and/or their kids that was causing this childhood obesity epidemic, think again. Apparently, it is the fast food COMMERCIALS that are making us fat. A group of politicians are trying to pass legislature that would ban fast food restaurants from running advertisements because they make kids want to eat fast food, which in turn makes them fat. Apparently it has nothing to do with the fact that parents don’t know what the word “NO” is when Junior sees a commercial for a McHappy Meal which comes with a toy they so desperately want and need. I think we all KNOW that a whopper or double cheeseburger is not good for us. But in knowing that, we still make the choice to eat it. So it should be up to us to make the choice not to eat it. And I gotta tell you, seeing a McDonalds commercial doesn’t make me want McDonalds…knowing how good its going to taste when I have it makes me want McDonalds. The minor fact that it makes you feel like absolute CRAP about 15 minutes after you’ve eaten it tends to escape my memory until, well, about 10 or 15 minutes after I’m done!
Seriously people, is this what we are coming to? Blaming the fast food restaurants for our kids being fat? As a parent, you have a certain control over what your kids eat up to a certain age. Make healthier choices for them, and while you’re at it, healthier choices for yourself. I’m not saying you can’t have the odd McDonalds burger every now and then, but it shouldn’t be a staple meal in your diet. Stop blaming everyone around you, and ask yourself what groceries you’re buying? How much exercise is your child (or you?) getting? It shouldn’t be that difficult to say no to something that is seriously debilitating our youth, especially when its your own child. You don’t have to deprive them of treats, but you do have to teach them the benefits of eating well, and quit blaming everyone else but yourself.