Tell me I should eat my wheaties, (you know what)
Hell to the no (Hell to the no)
Tell me I’ll come down with diabetes
Hell to the no (Hell to the no)
Back in the ’90s I loved Baywatch. The scene that stayed with me through the years doesn’t involve running through the beach in a skimpy red swimsuit. Instead, it was Stephanie Holden’s rant about about baby oil not providing protection from the sun which may lead to cancer which I haven’t forgotten. Ever since I tried to be more diligent about sunscreen and at least tried to avoid the sun from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. It wasn’t until Stephanie was killed off the show because of skin cancer that I started embracing my fair skin.
An interesting post by Sharon Tanenbaum reminded me of this scene and the effect it had in my life. She lists some of television’s accurate portrayal of certain illnesses, such as autism or diabetes, and how it raises awareness without being preachy. But even these celebrated shows drop the ball. Above you’ll find a part of the lyrics to “Hell to the No” which Mercedes Jones wrote as part of the ‘Original Song’ episode which aired this season. This is a picture of Mercedes:
Sorry to break it to you, but Mercedes, you are most definitely likely to get diabetes because of your weight.
Obesity is currently the single most talked about issue regarding children and teenagers. Campaigns, such as the government sponsored Let’s Move and Georgia’s Obesity Ads, have tried to raise awareness regarding the state of our kids’ waistlines. Lawmakers are also helping the cause by creating restrictions and guidelines for meals targeted for children, e.g. ‘Happy Meal Ordinances.’ One in three children is considered overweight or obese and don’t even get me started on the 136 pound Chinese toddler. Many people are calling for the prohibitions of sweet and fatty foods targeted for children.
On the other hand, Adam Roberts is arguing that allowing special treats for children will prevent binging>. He talks about children who are teased constantly because of their special eating habits and how it may lead to a very unhealthy adulthood. I consider imposing restrictive diets in children may end up hurting their health in the long run because their relationship with food hasn’t changed.
This is my example:
Britain’s Malissa Jones is currently an anorexic. At 17, Jones became the youngest person in the world to get a gastric bypass operation after her doctors warned her that her 473 pounds would end her life. Today she is a mere 112 pounds with a BMI of 17 which classifies her as underweight. She claims it isn’t possible for her to eat because she fears she might gain all the weight back.
Click here for Malissa Jones’ shocking before and after pictures.
Jones is an extreme case which illustrates my point: restrictive diets will lead to weight loss but it won’t guarantee health. I don’t mean that your child will be an anorexic because you refuse to let him have soda but maybe a treat once in a while could prevent unhealthy eating habits regardless of what other kids may. Television said it best once again: In Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The West Wing’, President Jed Bartlett says, “If fidelity to freedom of democracy is the code of our civic religion then surely the code of our humanity is faithful service to that unwritten commandment that says we shall give our children better than we ourselves received.”
Do you think that treats promote unhealthy eating habits? How do you promote a good relationship with food in your household?
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