Sunday, December 14, 2008

Day 259- Nutrition Bite

"Many families attach undue importance to food: they talk about food, cook special foods, and eat too much. Food is often used as a reward for good behavior—for not crying, for going to the doctor or for making one’s bed. Food is also used to express love. Some working mothers make a big effort to cook special dinners to make up for not being home during the day. A child is encouraged to eat poorly in an environment where lots of sweet desserts are available and snack foods are left around the house.

One of the easiest and surest ways for a child to become overweight is to teach bad habits by example—eating every place we go or while standing up and moving around, while watching TV or reading the newspaper or at all times of the day. Other bad habits include not engaging in an exercise program, watching sports activities exclusively instead of participating in them, and spending most of your free time watching TV and eating. Parents can also reinforce the overeating habits of fat children by placing special emphasis on their eating behavior.

It’s sad to note that 80 percent of overweight adolescents face obesity in adulthood. It is important, for that reason to help children develop food habits that will protect them from becoming obese in the future."

-“Staying Healthy: LDS Welfare Services Suggests How,” Ensign, Jan 1981, 10

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