Is Coke to Blame for Obese Children?
One of the most prominent and most modern problems plaguing children today is childhood obesity. According to kids health dot org, one out of every three children in the United States. And with childhood obesity being one of the First Lady's most prominent causes – there is certainly a lot of controversy about why our children are so fat.
Most recently, Coca-Cola came out with a commercial that reminds people that they have low calorie options. A few months back, an obese adult tried to sue McDonalds for serving unhealthy food and making them obese.
Where does the shrug off responsibility end?
When it comes to obese children – especially those that are suffering from complicated childhood health problems (which will eventually lead to adult health issues) that disrupt their quality of life, I become extremely frustrated.
Why is it that parents, and organizations are so quick to blame companies like Coke, or Hostess or McDonalds for making people fat? Last time I checked, each of us had a choice of what foods to put in our refrigerator, and which foods and drinks to allow our children to drink, and what to purchase when we grocery shop.
Today, soda, energy drinks and other sugarfied liquids are being handed out to kids without much discrepancy. Should a toddler really be able to down a sippy cup full of soda? Is it necessary to give a kindergartener a 20 ounce bottle of coke?
The bottom line is that these drinks are not appropriate for kids, and should simply be provided in moderation. If your child has teeth problems, or is gaining weight a little too quickly – then making a simple switch to water (which is essentially one of the best fluids for our body), will help to recitfy many of the health problems associated with overweight children.
Your children deserve to have a healthy environment to live in. This healthy environment, includes having limits and boundaries on the junk food that they put into their growing bodies. Sure, treats shouldnt be kept under lock and key. The occassional soda is not going to harm your child beyond repair. Yet, parents should be proactive (As well as good examples) when choosing foods for their kids.
I find it reprehensible that companies such as Coke, or McDonalds are coming under fire for their products when it is us, the consumers, that make the ultimate choice.
There will never be a fat free world, where only healthy foods exist. We have to be able to make choices, and we have to be responsible for the things that our children are putting into their body.
Do you allow your child to have soda or energy drinks on a regular basis? Or do you believe that these are only appropriate in moderation?
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