It’s nothing new but it gets under my skin every time I see headlines like this: Kids’ weight increases when moms work more.
If it weren’t for the fact that this headline came from CNN.com, it probably wouldn’t have stayed open on my browser for 12+ days, waiting for me to do something with it. Well, here it is.
I work, and for those who have seen my kids, they don’t even come close to being obese. According to the study, because I work 50+ hours each week (between my day job and side projects), my children have a 5 to 7.5 percent increased risk of being obese.
Oh, wait. The research didn’t take into account that I’ve been educated on nutrition and informed on the consequences of not feeding my children a well-balanced diet on a regular basis. I enjoy cooking from scratch, and know how to prepare healthy, quick and easy meals around my busy schedule. I have tools, resources, and a stay-at-home dad to help make this all happen.
And it’s a priority for my entire family to be healthy.
This and other studies don’t look at important factors: education, values, information, resources, skills. And moms get guilt from so many places these days, including ourselves, that it’s pretty easy to blame us. Right?
Not so fast. I’m not convinced any “one” factor is to blame for the significant rise in childhood obesity. It’s not working moms, it’s not McDonald’s (they’ve been around since 1940), it’s not video games or computers. There are a lot of contributing factors and not one of them alone cause, or can solve the epidemic.
So, here’s an idea: let’s stop laying blame and give parents the information, products, resources, and tools that can help make impact. When it comes down to preventing and treating childhood obesity, it’s really about calories and movement – two areas that we, as parents, have a lot of influence over, at least for our younger children.
I’ll do my part to share information on nutrition, tips on stretching your grocery budget, recipes that are healthy, kid-friendly, quick and easy, along with fun tools, helpful resources, or great products that we find. I hope you’ll continue to share Feed Our Families with friends, let me know what’s helpful or what you want to see more of, and tell the rest of us how you’re making healthy meals happen at home.
What do you think?