Time and time again I have seen advertisements on why today’s children are obese. I was sitting here watching HBO and there was a commercial about some program coming on discussing children and obesity. Then, as I am doing my usual social media addiction work, I find something someone shared that totally makes sense.
Sure there are reasons why anyone struggles with obesity. Could be health problems, depression, chemical imbalances, lots of things. The post that was shared though was based on something that cannot be argued.
Let’s face it…kids don’t have a lot of money usually unless their parents are just handing it out left and right. I came from a family where I worked for my money. I had my first job when I was 16 and worked since. I bought every car I have owned, despite the first one I only paid $700.00 for. I am thankful for this because I have learned to appreciate things so much more.
I try to avoid fast food myself at all costs because I have struggled with my own weight. Seems everything I try doesn’t work. Avoiding fast food has been a big help, though. As you look at the menu these days, the salads on a menu are $5-6, while you can get a burger combo or even just a burger for a buck. Not only is fast food convenient but the worst things for you are the cheapest. Now this makes total sense because you shouldn’t have to pay for garbage that you are putting in your body but a kid could eat four times having a dollar burger than having a healthy salad.
A lot of blame goes to the parents for letting their children eat whatever they want. While I am sure a lot of that goes on, there are way more evident reasons for children making the decisions they do. When I was a kid, I didn’t like salads so probably no matter what price they were, I wouldn’t have bought one anyway. Back in those days though, salads weren’t usually something you could order at a fast food restaurant.
So this all boils down to is it really a child’s fault for their obesity? I feel that there are some poor decisions that are made by children sure and their parents and whoever else is to blame. I can so see the reasoning behind any child that would make a decision to go a cheaper route for a meal, especially if, to them, it achieves the same thing.