Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Children's Body Shapes

a Biblical thought...
May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers. And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day's need, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other. (1 Kings 8:57-60)

a Book thought...
Intellectual laziness has nothing to commend it, yet the very busyness of Christian service can sometimes appear to encourage it. (p61)
a Dave thought...
This picture shows the way children’s body shapes have changed over the last 50 years in Australia. Here are what some of the experts are saying about the growing dilemma of child obesity.

Fifty years ago we didn't have fast food and we didn't have the range of high-fat packaged foods that you see on supermarket shelves today. Children are eating too much of the high-calorie foods. The average school lunch box is basically a party and parents and the community have to realise that it's not being nice to give children so many treats. It's setting them up for major health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. (Clare Collins)

The culprit is the late 20th century and early 21st century. We live in a world where the default mode is to sit passively and overconsume food. We have to choose to be active and we have to choose to make healthy decisions regarding our diets. In previous generations, we didn't have those choices. We ate what was available and we weren't all driving around in cars. (Louise Baur)

After agreeing to take my six year old son to Macca’s if he came to Church with me on Sunday night I realise I’m certainly not helping the situation. But for me healthy parents results in healthy kids, so whatever I choose to model is also a choice of how I want my children to value exercise and diet. Let's hope I get it right.

Just a thought.

1 comment:

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