So, there I was, sitting at a stop light the other afternoon. Waves of heat were dancing off of the asphalt. Crossing the street in front of me was a Dad and his child of about seven. Being the first or second day of school it had to be a very common sight. Dad was holding his child’s hand to keep them safe as they crossed the street. Something every parent has done, right? Dad was about 30 yrs old and just a little overweight. The child was slim, as children who play outside are.
My first thought was that it was wonderful to see the Daddy taking care of his child.
My second thought was a question: Is Daddy going to teach his children about nutrition and diet as carefully as he teaches them to cross the street? Is he going to teach them the possible ramifications of poor diet and lifestyle choices?
What are the ramifications? I certainly don’t know them all, but I do know one is Diabetes. The War On Diabetes just doesn’t start after you are diagnosed with Diabetes or Prediabetes. It starts before that. Years before that. It starts with choices, and the choices we teach our children.
Do you teach them that fast food is the right choice for food? Or, do you teach them that fresh fruits and vegetables are better choices? Do you teach children the effects of fast food on their bodies? Do you encourage them to lead an active life; one with exercise and activity? Or, is being in front of the computer or TV for hours an acceptable option?
How do you avoid fast food? It’s tough. Sometimes the best you can do is to limit exposure. Look, the reality is that you would not knowingly expose your child to someone who is ill. That’s pretty simple – you don’t want your child getting sick. Well, you are doing the same thing when you are giving your children fast food several times per week, except it doesn’t happen immediately. It happens years later when they are diagnosed with Diabetes or Prediabetes.
Once in a while some fast food just tastes great. It better – scientists get paid big dollars to make sure what they are serving tastes good – even though it’s highly processed and chemical laden. But a steady diet of fast food can only lead to poor health. Anybody see Super Size Me?
We can do better for our children. We have to begin the War On Diabetes for them today…now…before it’s too late. Please.
By the way, I watched Daddy and child walk into the McDonald’s on the corner.
As always, thank you for reading.