Food revolution–is it our battle?

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on ABC was an interesting reality tv show.  The reality was not confined within the walls of one family or one couple. It was a reality show about how one town’s consumption of processed food and poor eating habits was impacting the health of  many of the town’s residents.  The shows primary focus was on school food, but showed families and individual’s eating habits too.  The reality of it is that the problem is not with one small town, but it is an epidemic all over America. It is our battle. 

If you have watched the series, you may have realized that Jamie does really care about people and is incredibly moved by what children eat.  His meme is that this generation of children is the first to have a lower life expectancy than their parents.   This should be very disturbing to all Americans.  This celebrity stranger cares more about these people and their children, than they care for themselves. 

I share in Jamie’s passion for food and family.  I missed the episode on last Friday, but watched it this morning at www.abc.go.com.   I actually started crying while watching.  This man, a chef and complete stranger to most of the individuals on the show, cares more about some of these children than their parents care for them.  Instead of allowing the children to eat his wholesomely planned lunches, parents were sending their young children to school with potato chips, pop, pop tarts and candy for lunch.  Other children stated they had pizza for breakfast, chicken nuggets for lunch, and chicken nuggest and fries for dinner.  The obesity was evident and related to lifestyle and eating habits.  UGH! 

The parents just don’t get it–you are what you eat.  Your children are obese, because you allow them to eat poorly too.  In this immediate gratification world, parents would rather throw convenience food at the kids, because that is what they like and that is what is cheap and came out of the freezer.  Parents spend more time searching for that flat screen tv, the new pair of shoes for mommy, which vacation to take, which accent pillows to buy, or which manicure to get than they do thinking about their family’s food choices. Can’t they see they are making decisions detrimental to their children’s well-being.   Pediatricians equate continued poor food choices and obesity to child abuse.  What do you think?

The food choices should not be a battle  — just a way of life.

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