"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by Dogma which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become."
- Steve Jobs

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Who ate all the pies?

Worried doctors and Government ministers are not bleating over the state of our kids - they are all too fat! Fed on convenience foods and allowed to sit in front of the telly or the Playstation all night, they are ticking timebombs and a future burden on our already overstretched NHS.

I laughed my socks off when I read an article in the paper about this, and when the parents were asked what they could do about little Tommy's ever-spreading girth, they just said that "there was too much junk food advertising on the telly". Then the article details the story of poor old Samantha, who weighed 9 stone at the age of 8, and munched her way through 5 packets of crisps a day. She also loved McDonalds, hated sports, and had pizza and chips for tea most nights.

All I can say is "excuse me, Samantha's mum? ARE YOU BLIND AND STUPID? Do you not notice your eight year old is huge? Do you not think to serve her vegetables and decent non-fatty/sugary food? Do you not ever say "no" when she asks to go to McDonalds?" Yes, there IS too much junk food advertised on the telly, and it's all aimed at the "pester power" of kids. But you can't blame the telly for turning your child into a blimp!!! SAY NO! Don't buy the crap that is advertised! Don't take them to KFC! Don't feed them sugary crap for breakfast! Cook a decent meal with fresh veg instead of shoving something in the microwave! Encourage your child to exercise, go on bike rides with them, get them to sign up for some form of sports club??? Confiscate the Playstation and cut the plug off the telly!

Their entire future and the future of our NHS hangs in your ability to feed them carefully and correctly. In the next 50 years we won't be able to afford to support all the obesity-related problems that your microwave meals and McDonalds are causing. Now go and buy some broccolli!

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