They Ain’t Heavy, They’re My Grandkids

According to the CDC, more than 1/3 (35.7%) of all Americans are obese and the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past thirty years.  Making things worse, a recent study has shown that half of parents with an overweight or obese child think their kids are slimmer than they actually are, according to a new review of past studies.

In 69 studies of more than 15,000 children, researchers found many parents with an overweight child thought their son or daughter was at a healthy weight or below. Others with an obese kid thought the child was normal or just a bit heavy.

According to the study’s leader, Alyssa Lundahl of the University of Nebraska/Lincoln, when parents are made aware of their mis-preception about their child’s weight they will take steps to address the issue.

The question for us as Suddenly Solos is if we should insert ourselves into a situation where our grandchildren are overweight and our kids don’t seem to be addressing the issue.  To do so will risk impairing our relationships with both the parents and the children.  In may be better to set a good example.

Do your part by not encouraging obesity when with grandchildren. This can include making good food choices for them without making a big deal of it. Spoiling kids with high-sugar treats is never a good idea. Serve a fruit or vegetable at every meal and snack. Provide water or low-fat (or fat-free) milk more often than soda or sweetened fruit drinks and tea. Limit fruit juice to no more than 1 cup per day. Minimize high fat and added sugar foods Eat meals together, not in front of the TV.  Time spent with grandchildren should include activities and not video games.  Make these a routine without drama for the kids and see what happens.


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