Is Coke to Blame for Obese Children?

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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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Is Coke to Blame for Obese Children?

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (with just ONE bathroom mind you) on a farm - with tons of animals of course. One day, due to her sheer aversion to shoes and her immense lov ... More

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7 comments

  1. Zaiynab says:

    I think it depends on the kid. I drank pop/soda all my life, not more than one a day and probably only a couple a week, and I played outside nearly every day. If a kid drinks it every day and doesn’t get off the couch all day, then yeah they’re probably going to get fat.

  2. Tara says:

    Ya finally an article that may make parents relize it is their own darn fault that their kids are fatties. McDonalds and coke did not twist your arm and make you buy a happymeal.

  3. Angela says:

    I usually keep a bottle of soda in the house for me, but my children drink milk in the morning and water the rest of the day. I agree with the article. It is a real pet peeve when people blame McDonald’s and Coke, and other companies for their mistakes. I take my kids to McDonalds every once in awhile, and I let them have a soda then, and then we go to the park and run around. Sweets and sodas aren’t evil, but we have to teach our kids moderation. And making good choices. Besides, water filters aren’t that expensive, and makes drinking water soooo much cheaper in the long run.

  4. There is no one to blame for fat toddlers except the parents. If sweets aren’t a regular part of your child’s life, they won’t make it one.

  5. Sarah Murphy says:

    finally someone who gets it. It is all about choices and what we as parents chose to give to our kids and put into our bodies.Are these things cheaper yes, that is a problem whether it is pop, candy, chips, or other junk it can be much cheaper than buying organic or fresh foods.learn to budge better on the groceries, check out your local farmer’s market, etc Sometimes you can find good deals that way

  6. PeeTz says:

    One Of My Biggest Pet Peeves Kids & Soda! Kids Have Enough Energy Without The Help Of Soda..

  7. I agree moderation is key to being healthy, start teaching young children this, even if they pitch a fit. Sugar and unwanted chemicals are in so many products in the market. Even meat, so many Hormones…farmers want bigger chicken or meatier cows and pigs…well this is what we eat and those steroids dont leave the meat when you cook it. Cook healthy for your families sake, just remember moderation.

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