Why Fitness For Families Is Important
We weren't allowed such luxuries as Rola-Cola! My mum was a single parent with too many kids and we didn't have money to waste it on something to drink when there was council pop in abundance coming out of the taps!
But then I started school, and my best friend was a taller, bigger girl than me and she was always wanting me to come to her house for tea, which I hated. I would go, however, and eat the burgers and those really skinny fries with zero potato in, all washed down with Kwik-Save's finest Rola-Cola.
But despite our poor upbringing, we were brought up to be polite. So if this meant eating food, when I really didn't want to, then by-jingo I had to take it for the team! Before I knew it, I was wishing to go to my friend's house all the time. Afterall she had food that we weren't allowed at home. And I started to love that feeling of being full to burst! It wasn't a good meal unless I felt sick afterwards!
So I started to gain weight and my hair is fine now, i'm pleased to say. But then I couldn't stop gaining weight!
It wasn't a good meal unless I felt sick afterwards!
So my yo-yo dieting started at a very young age, i'm afraid to say. And since then it has always been a battle to maintain a healthy weight. Don't get me wrong, we walked everywhere- and I mean everwhere- in horizontal rain sometimes (that's what it's like being from Huddersfield!). I was never in the house in summer and almost never in the winter.
I used to stay with my Auntie Ann in Bradford a lot and she would take me to Morrisons and I was allowed to have whatever I wanted; Chocolate yogurts with fresh cream on the top; a full multi-pack of crisps just for me and whatever else my tummy desired! And I would eat it all within a weekend. Not because I was hungry, but because it was there!
It's not just the home where the children get food from. Therefore if we educate EVERYONE how to be healthy and set a standard then there will be a "norm" across the board. The child will not receive mixed signals or distorted ideas of healthy and unhealthy. Being overweight is the norm today.
Although many studys have a direct correlation between childhood obesity and deprivation, I think thats BS. Sorry it is! My mum raised us on a shoe string most of the time. I mean, I've never seen a bag of tatties go so far or cooked so varied! It can be done. It's just laziness or families being stretched. We have become so used to convenience. But where "stay-at-home mums" would make sure they cooked a nice meal every tea time when the kids got home, convience food is, well...convenient. It's not their fault really, they are addicted too.
Junk food IS addictive! It's no a coincidence that food manufactorers spend millions to scientists who are paid to find "bliss point" in food. They are finding the pefect balance of fat, sugar and salt to make the taste so amazing that it sets off all these chemical reactions in your body that make you want to have it again (read "Salt Sugar Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us" by Michael Moss). I've said it before, don't be a sheep. If it was the Water Authority drugging us through a water supply to make us drink more water, and therefore make them more profits, would we be drinking it or going for bottled, uncontaminated water? And we would probably be up in arms. But every day, we do it buying food that they WANT us to buy. Even the supermarkets are at it where they design their shops, music, displays and offers on what they want us to do, not what they think we will want!
So I think it's about time that we all work together to try and educate our children, be better role models and be a better version of ourselves!!
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