Our children are shortening their precious lives without even knowing it. If a child is overweight before the age of 12, he or she is almost guaranteed a lifetime of suffering with obesity.
I started to gain weight when I was 8 years old. Interestingly enough, this the “age of reason” for a child. Unfortunately, this is when children are less oblivious to the stressors around them. Kids start to realize some of the family dysfunction and may react to it by eating. Eating comforts and soothes from the moment we are born. It distracts us momentarily from our pain. It is a primal response to stress.
By the time I was 21 years old, I had emotionally eaten my way to 285 pounds. A very painful 13 years of obesity.
Our children are watching us daily, witnessing how the adults in their lives handle the stressors of everyday living. If we moan or complain about the enormity of our issues, as if the issues were “bestowed” upon us and not upon others, we are teaching our precious children to moan and complain.
Do we want to moan about our problems or solve them?. Do we want to teach our children to solve them?
Discipline is the basic set of tools we require to solve life’s problems. ALL problems. Teaching our children to delay gratification for anything is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasures of life in such a way that we enhance the pleasure by meeting the pain first and getting it over with.
Childhood obesity is a family system issue. Children model their parents behaviors in many ways. we are our children’s most important teachers.When you really love someone, especially your child, you will not jeopardize their physical, psychological and spiritual wellness in any way. Obesity effects the wellness of all three.
An overweight kid is troubled by their overweight status, every minute, of every hour, of every day.
I am here to teach entire families by word and example. We CAN overcome obesity in this nation. We owe to our children and most certainly ourselves. Parents need to provide the necessary discipline to overcome this childhood “epidemic”. Discipline is love.
I will lead the way.