If you have young children, chances are you end up watching television. If you do, you will find it impossible to miss the advertisements. Companies are selling wares of all hues, targeting your children. These products have questionable nutritional value. Impressionable minds, children quickly learn to ask for the products. Reasoning with a child is hard. More so when perhaps your diet may not be the most healthy. Not surprisingly, there are now a reported 1.9 billion people, above the age of 18 worldwide, who qualify as overweight. Over 600 million of these qualify as obese. Even more surprising 41 million children worldwide qualify as overweight.
It’s hard to tell if childhood obesity translates into adults or obese adults cause children to become unhealthy. It is more likely an unholy dance of iterative influence. It would not be a surprise to anyone that over consumption is causing the problem. From a time when frugality was the only option; today frugality is a disease that needs a psychological solution. A box of any modern food sells you the notion that “sometimes you need a treat or extra energy. Sometimes you need an extra boost of energy. Sometimes you need to lift your mood. For all of the above, there is (you can fill the rest).” Almost any food would qualify.
It is one thing for you to be the target. Another, for a four-year-old watching Mickey Mouse to be the influenced. We already know that the unhealthy and the overweight tend to grow into unhealthy adults. The statistics evidence this. So do you ban television? There is perhaps a middle path. The first monkey sees, monkey does. You lead by example. Second, repeat repeat repeat. Tell your children what happens when they eat unhealthily. Surely your voice is more powerful than television?