Much attention has been directed at the story of Alexander Draper, the 14 year old weighing in at 555 pounds (see the article). Because of this, his mom is being investigated on claims of child neglect. This brings up the point – should obesity be considered a form of child abuse? It’s up for debate.
Unfortunately, some parents tend to just “give up” when it comes to nutrition. Before a child even tries something it is assumed that he or she won’t like it because it’s healthy! While it’s common for children to be fussy, new foods need to be introduced. A nutritionist at a children’s hospital stated the importance of presenting foods over and over even if the child did not initially care for it. They may eventually try it again and it could become a favorite.
It is a fact that children will eat what is visually appealing. On a recent episode of The View a woman named Susie Cover was sharing recipes for healthy and appealing meals for children. You can check out her website at www.susiessupperclub.com
So the next time your ready to head out for the fast food, why not try something new? The cookbook called Deceptively Delicious is full of great recipes children love. Go to www.deceptivelydelicious.com for more information. It may even improve your eating habits too!
– Jackie & Jo-Jo