Too much sugar for kids is a problem, but is it child abuse?
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the concern I had for a child in my daughter’s class who ate a bowl of sugary cereal + two yogurts + a lollipop for his lunch most days.
I have never received so many comments in disagreement before on the blog! It was such an immediate and negative reaction, I took the post down.
I was accused of calling people bad parents, calling their parents bad parents, being judgmental against autistic children and children with behavioral problems and more….all things I DID NOT SAY but my post made people feel like I was saying those things. I was stating a fact – this kid eats a lot of sugar – and I was asking a question – “Should this be considered child abuse?” I think it’s a serious topic that deserves a real discussion.
Enter: Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk
I was relieved today to find out I’m not alone….I came across this TED Talk by Jamie Oliver on the topic of SUGAR killing our babies and how we need to take a stand to teach our children about food so they will be empowered to take charge of their health. That too much sugar for kids is detrimental for their health.
In some parts, this video is hard to watch, but I think it’s important that every single parent and child caregiver does! I could definitely teach my children more cooking and shopping skills, even at their young age (as opposed to just cooking their food and not teaching them the “why” behind my choices).
I’m taking the pledge. Who’s with me?
What I Am NOT saying:
- I am not saying if you feed your child yogurt and sugary cereal you are a bad parent.
- I am not saying if you ate sugary foods growing up you are fat or probably stupid.
- I am not saying children with sensory processing disorders are bad kids.
- I am not saying you are a bad parent if you send your child to school with sugar loops.
- I am not saying picky eaters are doomed.
- I am not saying I am judging you for sending sugary foods in your child’s lunch box (I do it, too!)
All I AM saying that we, as a country overall, eat way too much sugar in our daily lives and we need to take a hard look at our choices for the health of our children. And too much sugar for kids is becoming a rel problem.
I would actually like to apologize for bringing the phrase “child abuse” into this discussion. I think it is a bit extreme to say that but I am trying to be true to the fieriness of Jamie’s speech…there’s nothing sugar-coated (no pun intended) about what he has to say.