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Feeding our children a healthy diet should be easy. Right?
We live in the world’s richest nation. We like to think we are health-conscious. We have an endless supply of *seemingly* nutritious options at the grocery store– things that appear to be the correct choice when trying to be healthy. Things like reduced-fat salad dressing. Skim milk. Whole-grain waffles.
Yet these things seem to directly contradict the facts that: childhood obesity is increasing at a startling rate AND that this will be the first generation of children to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents’ generation.
Last week I watched a documentary called “Fed Up,” about the abundance of sugar in processed foods. Sure, maybe you would assume that. But I don’t think you know just how much and just how damaging it is to our country’s health.
And guess what? All those years of hearing that fat is what’s making you fat? It’s not. It’s sugar.
I truly feel this has been the most important, eye-opening film I have ever watched. I went from sad, to angry, to inspired. (Video below is the trailer to “Fed Up.”)
Immediately after watching it, my mind was buzzing with so many ideas. What can I do? How can I fix this?
On a personal level, I can make the decision to stop serving my family sugar-laden products. I can sign us up for the 10 Day Sugar Free Challenge (which we will be starting a week from Sunday).
But my outrage about this issue goes beyond just wanting to solve the problem for my own family.
What about the people who are not informed about the childhood obesity crisis and what causes it? How about the school cafeterias that have vending machines full of soda and contracts with fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Pizza Hut?
Shouldn’t the schools be serving our kids healthier meals? Oh wait, I forgot they do require fruits and vegetables to be an option…unfortunately, after pressure from the food industry, both french fries and pizza are now categorized as vegetables.
I could go on and on about the injustices that our nation’s children are suffering at the hands of the food industry and the government that should be concerned about the health of its future generation.
But instead, I urge you to watch “Fed Up” for yourself. It all starts with being aware, and you owe it to yourself and your family to know what you’re up against every time you walk into the grocery store.
I’m planning to take the Fed Up Challenge and go 10 days without sugar. If you watch the movie and are inspired to join along, I will have some helpful resources next week…a list of foods you can and can’t eat, plus a sample meal plan for families.
Learn more about the documentary at the “Fed Up” website.
See how we did on our 10-Day No Sugar Diet!