by Maggie Vink (Subscribe to Maggie Vink’s posts)
Jul 15th 2009 12:00PM
Categories: Diet & Weight Loss
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So you have your mother’s eyes and your father’s nose — but could your extra pounds be attributed to a parent, too?
Recent research has found a link between obesity and parents. Specifically, obese mothers were 10 times more likely to have obese daughters; similarly, obese fathers were six times more likely to have obese sons. But, like hair color, eyes and height, is obesity passed down through genes? Researchers think that’s highly unlikely. Instead, they feel children are more likely to follow the behavior of their parent of the same sex.
You know how your kids are — very little escapes their attention. Kids pick up on cues from their parents and, often, they catch on to the less-than-desirable habits. Most parents can recall a time when they let a swear word slip and the next thing they know, their toddler is repeating that word all over town. The same holds true for eating and exercise habits.
When you develop an active lifestyle that includes family-based exercise time, as well as solo exercise time (that your kids are aware of), you’re setting a positive example for a lifetime of physical activity. Serving healthful meals and selecting nutritious snacks for yourself goes a long way, too. Not only are you giving your kids healthy foods — they see that your personal choices are nutritious as well.
Childhood obesity is caused by eating too much and exercising too little. The solution is eating healthier foods and increasing physical activity, but it’ll be tough for your child to do it alone. The most effective way to treat — and prevent — childhood obesity is to adopt healthier habits for the entire family.
Growing Up As a Baby Boomer
I am retired and have the time to look back at how we grew up. I can now see that while keeping a busy schedule and eating often myself, my brothers and sister never had to worry about any weight problem.
At home we had a big garden which was a pain to take care of. First off having to till the ground with a shovel and plant all the seeds.
Then pulling the weeds, carrying the water to water the plants. From barrels which were placed under the rain spouts to save for the garden. Then picking the beans, peas, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, beets, and digging up the potatoes was a chore which we all hated. Never any accelerated weight loss thoughts at that time of our lives though.
But as with cultivating a corn or bean field the grass and weeds growing in the row still had to be manually pulled or cut off. So we would walk the fields to rid them of what the cultivator missed. This task provided the kids some spending money. If we helped the neighbors it turned into much more spending money for us. It also kept us busy all day exercising without having to go to a nonexistent exercise gym at the time. We never had to do any diets to stay slim or lose weight.
By now the hay fields were ready to harvest, attach the mower to the little John Deere and head for the field. Mow the hay down and hope for no rain for 3 days of good sunshine to dry it out which would cause the garden to need more water carried to it.
Then rake the hay into windrows and hire the neighbor to come and bale it. He pulled a hay rack behind the baler so we would get the pleasure of stacking the bales on the moving rack. This turned out to be my job as I was the only one with balance enough to throw or stack the bales on a moving platform or hay rack. The gopher holes and uneven soil made for a bumpy ride, not to mention the hill sides. Which challenged our ability to stack the bales in a manner which tied them selves together so they would not slide off the rack.The neighbor liked my style so he hired me to ride the hay rack all summer long baling that he done. I got a penny for each bale which earned me a whopping $5.00 a day to the highest day we had was $44.00 for me. Not bad pay for a teenager, I stayed with it until I graduated from high school.
It was only when we set out on our own that weight became a problem. Eating more junk food because it was easier to prepare or more readily available to us. The fact that mom made us eat what was on the table seemed cruel to me. But looking back now was a lesson well learned by me.
I have never had any health or weight problems. Even today 50 years after getting out on my own I don’t really watch what I eat, I eat from a habit I learned earlier in life. I like the fruits and veggies I had to eat when still living with the folks (moms eat whats on the plate idea or nothing) idea drove me to unwittingly acquire a taste for the healthy foods.Unlike my siblings whom are still fighting weight and health issues. When they left home they thought they knew more of what was good for them so they changed their eating habits. In a very short time (compared to a life time) they became obese and have been struggling with weight loss ever since. They jumped from one fad diet to another, sometimes over eating, sometimes starving them selves only to have their immune systems messed up.
They are now fighting with diabetes, stroke, and weight problems. While our parents (92 years young) and I are still healthy and slim. I do not have to take any medications at over 65 years young.
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