Wednesday, August 19, 2009

You don't say

Guess what, folks? There's something that can be done to help curtail childhood obesity. In fact, there are a number of things that can be done. And there's even a group that can do many of those things.

That group? Parents.

Crazy, right? Who would have ever expected that parents might have some control over the development of their children? We certainly didn't think that a mother or father could do anything more than simply contribute genetic characteristics. After all, it's just crazy to think that something like activity levels, concepts of nutrition, moral character, and other positive things could possibly originate with the people who are responsible for raising children. Especially when you take into account that apparently, if you believe the stories about video games, music, movies, and television, parents can't possibly be held responsible for any of the negative things that children do. We just figured that there's no way that the good could possibly be affected.

Seriously, this is something that people aren't aware of? After all, when you look at the developmental years of a child, the adult figures that spend lots of time in their lives have a direct impact on the things that the child is bound to do, learn, and emulate. If they see an adult eating poorly, and making a point of avoiding exercise, the child is more likely to do the same. If the adults in their life are active, and setting a good example, again, the child will generally follow suit. Admittedly, things get a little skewed when you start reaching the teenage years, but that's largely due to children struggling to establish their own identities.

Of course, we didn't realize that this means that the parents of so many of today's celebrities didn't believe in underwear, but we do suppose it was a different time.

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