So the main problem is kid's are taught very early that food should be fast and convenient, the second is they are taught that because that is what their parents were taught.  It all boils down to a lack of education. 

I think most parents think it's the job of the schools to teach nutrition but what many fail to realize is even if the schools are teaching nutrition it does not automatically lead to a healthy lifestyle.  Healthy children start in the home and MUCH earlier than most think.  Cooking at home, eating together as a family starts at infancy.

One other point about education is people have no idea where their food comes from.  How it got there?  Where did it come from?  How does a hamburger from McDonald's taste the same all over the world from Cali?  Why do baby carrots deceivingly look so small and cute? Be curious, ask questions, read labels.

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I've wanted to blog about this hot topic all week, but I had to really check in with my emotions so that I could identify what it is I was really feeling.  Angry, Disgusted, Sympathetic?

So here is what I came up with.  I had to ask myself a few questions:  Do you think the parents are doing this maliciously, meaning, are they intentionally trying to make them obese?  Is the government better qualified to take care of the child?  What is the best interest of the child?  Is it abuse?

I don't believe the parents of obese children are doing it with the intent to hurt them.  I think it just goes to show the LACK of education the majoirty of parents have when it comes to nutrition and feeding their child.  Furthermore, the biggest advertisers are the one's for junk food....Pepsi, Coca Cola, McDonalds's.  Corporations spend BILLIONS to entice people to eat their CRAP.  People have absolutely no idea what is in their food, in fact most of the "food" in their house is not "food" at all!  It's all processed chemicals.  I bet you can't even pronounce half of the ingredients of anything you find in your cupboard...because it's not really food!

I also don't believe the government would do a "better" job.  Foster care?  I don't think that's the answer.

So what is in the best interest of the child?  In this case, I think staying with the parents.  The thing that is missing is the education!  If you take the child away then everyone loses...the parents and the child.  If the child stays and everyone, together, learns about food, nutrition, and how the body's a win-win.

I think this is a tradegy.  Parents should absolutely be aware of everything going into their childs mouth and their own.  They're not though.  I know plenty of amazing parents that still give thier kids junk food day in and day out, but their children are not considered it's ok then?  Where do you draw the line?  How is that not abuse, when their children are not getting the nutrients their bodies need everyday either?  Does that mean the big, bad, government should come take them too?  Nope!  EDUCATION!

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