Thursday, May 19, 2022

Part 3 - 3 Overlooked Facts in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity


3) Make wise decisions regarding the children's diet.

You're probably wondering...

What Does Food Have to Do with Finding Identity in Christ? 

Well! Everything! 

The mere fact that what the children eat affects their mental ability to function is cause for concern. When the food they eat causes their body to malfunction that's because the brain itself is malfunctioning. 

And if the brain malfunctions they cannot discern spiritual things. 

White (1864) states, "The health of the mind is dependent upon the health of the body.  [Tweet "As Christian parents . . . in order to strengthen in them . . . the love of spiritual things, we"] must regulate the manner of our living, dispense with animal food, and use grains, vegetables, and fruits, as articles of food" (p. 20).


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Reference:  

White, E. G. (1864). An appeal to mothers. Battle Creek, MI: Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association. 

Part 2 - 3 Overlooked Facts in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

 

2) Team up the right people (home and school).

Who Should Care?

Childhood obesity should be every caretaker's concern. 

Wise decisions need to be made regarding children's diet in order to remediate the issue. Schools, in their effort to solve this problem, have only worsened it. 

Many families, as well, are concerned about the quality of the foods they provide for their children. Apart from each other, home and school have not been able to resolve the issue of childhood weight gain.

However, a collaboration between the two may help children make wise food choices. The partnership will also eliminate every opportunity for conflicting choices if healthy choices are consistently provided at school and at home. 


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Part 1 - 3 Overlooked Facts in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity



1) Saturate the children's environment with good food choices.

Influence:

Intelligent food choices made by parents and school officials can prove beneficial to helping children make wise choices themselves. Under the care of their elders, children mimic behaviors, whether right or wrong. 

When adults make dietary decisions, it is important to note that the children are watching and are ready to model their behavior. Our decisions drive their decisions. 

For instance, children should never be presented with the opportunity to choose between "carbonated drinks . . . [and] healthy fruit juices" (Karnik & Kanekar, 2012). 

At least not during childhood as it puts the children in a compromising situation. The mere fact that they are presented with carbonated drinks, in their minds, means it is acceptable. 

Children presented with a range of healthy choices from the start will not have to be forced to choose unappealing healthy foods which can lead to avoidance behaviors (Hanks, Just, & Wansink, 2013).

Effortless Effort:

Without the right people (at home and school) teaming up to reduce childhood obesity, every effort made by a single influence will not work. 

Policies made at the school "level of influence" (Williams et al., 2015) without parents on board will not succeed because after all is said and done at school, children will go home where poor food choices are potentially available. 

As the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) teams up with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) "to improve students’ nutritional intake," parents should also be a part of this team since they are responsible for their children's dietary needs outside of school (Taber, Chriqui, Powell, & Chaloupka, 2013).


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References:

Hanks, A. S., Just, D. R., & Wansink, B. (2013). Smarter lunchrooms can address new school lunchroom guidelines and childhood obesity. The Journal of Pediatrics, 162(4), 867-869. 

Karnik, S., & Kanekar, A. (2012). Childhood obesity: a global public health crisis. International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 3(1), 1-7. 

Taber, D. R., Chriqui, J. F., Powell, L., & Chaloupka, F. J. (2013). Association between state laws governing school meal nutrition content and student weight status: implications for new USDA school meal standards. JAMA Pediatrics, 167(6), 513-519. 

Williams, A. J., Henley, W. E., Williams, C. A., Hurst, A. J., Logan, S., & Wyatt, K. M. (2013). Systematic review and meta-analysis of the association between childhood overweight and obesity and primary school diet and physical activity policies. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(1), 1.