February 08, 2011

I Guess My Child Is Destined To Be Obese

I absolutely hate, let me repeat, HATE the studies that have been featured lately about how formula fed kids and now, how mothers who work are more likely to have obese children.

I feel like I should just accept that my kid is going to be obese. You know... because I had no choice but to formula feed and have a freaking JOB. What a horrible mom I must be!

I guess I can buy into the word "likely". I'm sure there are plenty of parents who find it a lot easier to stop at McDonald's or Papa Murphy's on the way home because it is late or heck, because I forgot to thaw some meat out of the freezer. Is this really just working moms or, could it be ANYone who has a busy schedule?

I read these articles and get angry. I feel like at every turn, there is something written or some new study that makes me hang my head in shame. But I'm done. No more shame. I AM A GOOD MOM. Since the day we brought our little person home, we have done everything we can to ensure that our son will lead a healthy, happy life. Yes, we formula fed, but not by choice. I followed the guidelines set by our pediatrician in terms of how much formula he should be getting. Jack has been consistently in the 50th percentile for weight (even less than that when he was just an infant). He goes to an AWESOME daycare that is very serious about child nutrition- whole grains, fruits, veggies is what they serve. For the most part he eats his fruits and veggies very willingly and refuses sweets. Not kidding, our son has refused cake for both his birthday parties and has had little interest in chocolate or sweets (I'm not sure how this can be my kid sometimes...). He's a crunchy kid and loves his crackers. I'd be lying if we said he didn't get the "naughty" foods on occasion. He loves cheeseburgers and french fries but is lucky to get them once a month IF that. He likes pizza. I LIKE PIZZA. Again, it's a special treat, not a daily occurrence.

The only thing I can think to do to counteract these studies is to continually encourage the good habits. The fruits, the veggies. My husband and I LOVE to cook. As a matter of fact we make our meals from recipes nearly every night of the week. Jack doesn't always get to eat them (we have a rather spicy, exotic pallet in our house), but we always ensure he has a protein, veggie and a glass of milk. As far as activity, our kid is crazy active. 90% of the time, he'd rather be running around like a maniac than sit down and play video games or watch TV. We are hoping for this trend to continue as the more active he is, the less likely we'll have to deal with the obesity issue that seems to be increasing in this country.

I get it though, parents are busy people. Especially the working ones. Hopefully the ones that are too lazy after a long day of work to feed their kids an appropriate meal will stop giving a bad name to those of us who keep working hard to the right things with and for our kids after we get home.

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes I feel like we're darned if we do, darned if we don't. I guess as long as we try to do the right thing, we'll be ahead of the game!


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