Little Rock, AR. A four year old boy that weighs 101 pounds. He is so addicted to food that he cries and throws tantrums for more food. His mom wants to say no, but has a difficult time saying no because it breaks her heart for her son to cry for food, even though she knows for his health she should say no. At night this precious child sleeps with a mask to help him breathe because he has sleep apnea. The doctor said if this doesn't change by time he's twenty, he'll be 500 pounds!
Durant, MS. A twelve year old girl that weighs 347 pounds. She eats all the wrong things at home and at school. At home her mom prepare "soul food"...mac 'n cheese, potato salad, friend chicken,and more, and at school hot dogs, french fries, chocolate milk, etc. This sweet girl has been bullied and has been called vile names, which attacked her self-esteem. This child faces diabetes, CVD, which can cut her life short. She wants to know how she can weigh this much since she is only a kid. I lost it at that point because she is absolutely right in wanting answers, but the answer is at home. This girl is morbidly obese. Her mom said she prepares food the way she was taught and doesn't know how to shop for or prepare healthy food. The only food she buys in the form of fresh vegetables is cabbage which she fries or boils so the nutrients are lost. I believe if someone taught the mom how to shop and to explains the perimeter of the grocery store, and the things to stay away from, change will happen because when you know better, you do better.
When you are morbidly obese you have the threat of:
- type 2 diabetes
- heart disease
This young girl will be a success story. She is determined to get the weight off and has started exercising. She went to her first dance and was beautiful! She has a long way to go and she will WIN her battle of obesity. She is doing it for herself!
The Cooking Channel's: The Food Hospital UK - An eighteen year old young lady, had to have gastric bypass surgery so she wouldn't die. She now knows what she can and cannot eat, and she is ready to lose weight and eat healthy.
All of these stories touched me in a very private way because I lost my brother due to complications or morbid obesity, and years ago I was obese. Children eat what they are given, but as adults, we can make better choices. If this culture doesn't change, parents will bury their children instead of children burying parents.
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