Kids On Diets. Are Children Too Young For Dieting?
Kids On Diets. Are Children Too Young For Dieting?
Now if we are talking about being 9 years old, running on a treadmill everyday, eating nothing but wheat thins and carrot sticks, and having a ‘fat complex’ in their brains, I say absolutely they are too young for dieting.
If it’s a child who is just having their nutritional needs better met by their parents making healthier dishes and cutting out a bit more of the junk food and fast foods, I see nothing wrong with that, but not true dieting. Not as a child and young teen.
When I personally think of diets, I think of the ones I myself have been on. Atkins, the ever so stupid Cyclone diet, the Colon Cleanse, Slim Fast, just to name a few. Not to mention unhealthy diet pills, but that was a very long time ago.
Yes, I have been heavier before in case you didn’t know and I’ve also battled anorexia with a little bit of bulimia going back many moons. Meaning I didn’t eat much, more so then I would purge. Thankfully, I was able to put an end to it on my own by realizing the illness. Some however, are not as fortunate.
All I know is this generation is A) Too beauty obsessed at too young of an age and B) Increasingly overweight or obese at much younger ages, that can lead to heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, just to name a few health issues. Is it a concern and rightfully so? Yes.
But the words ‘dieting’ and ‘diets’ are very difficult ones to put in the same sentence with children, aren’t they? I think unless there are medical issues invoved that cause the child to be heavy, the fault does many times lie on the parents shoulders. If all they feed their child is McDonalds and ice cream, odds are not on the child’s side at having a healthier physique.
I have the opposite problem. Getting my child whom I think is too thin to put on weight. It’s sad that starting at 5 she was worried about weight. I certainly never talked about any issues I have had with my appearance with her. That actually mortifies me as the loving parent that I am, sometimes needing to force feed my skinny child ‘good for her’ foods.
Kids are talking about weight and looks in Kindergarten apparently. That’s more than scary…it’s SICK! Some child told my daughter she had a fat face and we have had eating issues with her ever since. It’s amazing the impact that words from one child have on another, and so young now.
I just think we as a nation are too obsessed with the superficial aspect of people, when it should be more about the health aspect when it comes down to the whole weight to height ratio thing. Both in adults and most especially in children.
Kids need proper nutrition to grow, thrive, have better concentration in school. A double cheese burger is not really fitting that bill though do we get fast food sometimes? YES, but certainly not every day and if my kids want too much junk I have learned to just say no, even though I’m kind of a spoiler by nature, I know it’s for their own good. I want them to live long lives.
There is a new controversial book on the market geared towards children. It’s called ‘Maggie Goes on a Diet.‘ Here is a photo from the book I’m speaking of below. Looks like it’s telling kids to go hard on the exercise and while yes kids do need exercise, I believe running with friends, playing wiffle ball, going to dance lessons, and playing tag is enough to give them what they need as their metabolisms are faster then ours.
This isn’t a proper impression for kids to have about exercise. Exercise for kids should be fun and not really thought about.
We adults age and need to work harder, sadly. It should be more about food then exercise, unless of course the problem lies with your child being in front of the boob tube 24/7. Again this is the parents fault. I’m totally for the get out and play an hour a day. I personally enjoy playing for more then that 😆 .
What are they going to do, open up gyms for children? Too much exercise can also be harmful. Why can’t there just be a happy medium? It does seem like they talk about changing food choices to healthier alternatives, but the end result worries me as the story says that this girl Maggie loses weight, loves herself more, and becomes a soccer star at school.
Does that mean heavier children should feel worse about themselves then the thinner kids? Does that mean losing weight will make them a soccer star and automatically a happier more successful person in school and beyond?
Does that mean that heavy kids are worthless and being thin is the key to all happiness? Let me assure you that is a total mistruth but is severely implied in this book! That is my big problem with it.
This book to me, with THAT kind of message, will make children feel badly about themselves and could potentially trigger a rise in anorexia and bulimia, but among a much younger age group then ever before. I’d personally never buy such a book for my child. I think it does more damage then good.
What do you think about the subject? Do you think this causes harm to the egos of children or is a positive thing? I watched a friend of mine nearly die from going from slightly heavy to way, way too thin. She was hospitalized for months and was 14 years old. They force fed her with tubes and she always complained she was still fat. That was so young as is. Is 5 or 6 the new 14? It certainly seems like it.
I know we have got to care about our children’s health..NO doubt about it. But I have looked at beautiful, heavier women with envy before when they are confident and happy. Some at the gym I go to are quite athletic and can keep going the distance when I’m ready to drop to the floor. Another common misconception. Being thin does not mean being automatically healthier anyways. Read here.
Is this book to say that children should not be confident in themselves for who they are, just what they weigh? Moms need to take their child’s nutrition into THEIR hands and not the childs. Kids beg I know, but we don’t have to give in to them all the time.
Play with your children outside more for activity, no gym membership required. Let them have play dates and take a break from video games. Limit sugar and unhealthy snacking. If you don’t buy junk they can’t eat the junk in your home anyways. Why should it need to go further unless there is an underlying medical problem that needs to be addressed. I say..why create a problem?
**This book is about a 14 year old, but I don’t know too many 14 year olds back in my day even that would read a cartoon book. To me this is geared towards those younger then that.**
This coming from a former child who was HORRIBLY bullied in school, who hated herself and everything about her looks and was pencil thin during it. Being thin does NOT equal being happy. Sorry, just one mom’s opinion!