Thursday, March 10, 2011
Food for Thought Thursday - Are Children the Victims of our Vices?
Most parents wouldn't even consider letting their young children ride in a car without a car seat or play in the middle of a busy street. Everyone knows it just isn't safe. In my opinion, food is no less of a safety issue. For some reason, however, our culture doesn't see it this way, helped out no doubt by the persuasive marketing of junk food manufacturers.
Recently, I ran across this interesting article entitled Are Children the Victims of our Vices? It outlines a number of ways that our children's nutritional choices are affected by our own bad habits. I mean, who hasn't ever let their kids eat something less than healthy because it occupied them for a little while - or because we wanted some ourselves? But making those moments a lifestyle - rather than rare occurrences - certainly has long-term repercussions.
Regardless of whether the blame falls on parents, food manufacturer or our culture, there's only one group who can fix it - parents . . . because it's our children who will be affected if we don't.