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Bukharin: Sugar is gradually making a comeback over corn syrup.
hobnail: The propaganda is working. My already skinny first grader is now obsessed with eating "healfy" even though he has little grasp of actual nutrition beyond what his mother and I have taught him.
Gulper Eel: Eventually it dawns on people that they don't want to be 29 and diabetic any more than they want to be 34 and a grandparent.
thurstonxhowell: How is that surprising? Most parents I know are obsessed with feeding their kids the healthiest food they'll actually eat. I don't remember it being like that when I grew up.
meat0918: I've even been seeing skinny kids with obese parents. The parents might realize they're farked, but maybe their kids also are getting the message about being careful to not get fat.
LesserEvil: Dress their kids in mumus?
LesserEvil: What I don't understand is.... my son isn't fat (he's not skinny either, just normal). A couple of years ago, we'd go into Walmart to buy clothes, and there'd be kids weighing twice what he does, and shorter... but we were unable to find pants to fit him. WTF? At Walmart, no less. You'd think they'd have their target customers down pat, and feature husky sizes that were, well, husky sizes. We'd have to buy pants that were 2 inches longer on the inseam and hem them up.What do parents of truly fat kids do, anyway? Buy shorts and call them pants? Dress their kids in mumus?At least now that my son is tall enough, he fits mens' sizes, which work out fine for him. I just wonder why the same proportions aren't available in kids' sizes. Even "husky" sizes expect kids to be skinny.
LesserEvil: meat0918: I've even been seeing skinny kids with obese parents. The parents might realize they're farked, but maybe their kids also are getting the message about being careful to not get fat.It's not that... it's that their parents are eating all the damn food in the house. Hard to get fat when hover-round Mommy is scarfing up all the Doritos and Mountain Dew.
meat0918: //Or it could all be related to the hunger problem America has, and the number of families without food security is growing. Thanks trickle-down economics!
JohnTuttle: hobnail: The propaganda is working. My already skinny first grader is now obsessed with eating "healfy" even though he has little grasp of actual nutrition beyond what his mother and I have taught him.My son has autistic tendencies, though the docs won't formally diagnosis him as such. Very OCD, worse than me. The school forced all the kids to attend an anti-obesity rally, and he became obsessed with not getting fat. He was already badly underweight, so much so that his doc said he was a few weeks away from hospitalization and forced feedings. After that, it got even harder to feed him. He read all the labels, rejecting stuff with too much sugar... you know, "bad for you" stuff like bread and juice. For a while, all we could get him to eat was mac&cheese and chicken noodle soup (and he'd leave the chicken bits behind). Thankfully he finally started eating, if not better, then at least more. He's still blow-away-in-the-wind skinny, but has learned to love Mom's chicken and roasts.
cryinoutloud: I don't believe it. Stopping it at "they're only 30 pounds overweight when they're 13 now" is not really stopping anything.
Warthog: Hmmm. Companies reduce trans-fats from their products, and HFCS starts getting replaced with natural sugars. Obesity starts to go down. Surely there can't be a connection.
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