For Father's Day, my mother and I took my dad out to eat at a local restaurant. While there, I observed a girl that could have been no older than 10 years old sitting at a table next to us. This poor girl had to weigh close to 200 lbs. There she was with her obese mother, both chowing down on a gigantic plate of buffalo wings.
I'm not writing this post to insult the poor little girl. You can't blame a 10 year old for being obese. The blame solely falls on the parents for facilitating the child to eat that way. Now I realize that not everyone is naturally skinny. I realie that some people are just genetically bigger than others. However, this girl's case went beyond genetics. No child her age is naturally 200 pounds. She got that way through a very poor diet, and since a 10 year old is not generally responsible for feeding themselves, once again, I blame her parents.
I think it's almost criminal for parents to allow their small child to gain so much weight. If you think about it, it's like the child is being slowly poisoned with food. Beyond the physical problems associated with childhood obesity, it has to wreak mental havoc on a child. No one wants to be the fat kid in class because other kids can be brutally insulting. Moreover, habits picked up in childhood tend to follow a person into adulthood. There's very little chance that this girl will grow up suddenly realize the importance of eating balanced meals and proper portions. Thirty or Forty years from now, she'll most likely be on a ton of medication to treat her health problems (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, possibly diabetes). It's sad because these problems could most likely have been avoided if her parents taught her better eating habits.
People who become obese after they've become adults have no one to blame but themselves for their weight. After all, and adult has reasoning power to understand that eating 10 Big Macs per day is going to make them fat. I don't feel the least bit sorry for these people. It's the kids that bother me because they don't know any better. Their parents allow them to become obese, and they're the ones who suffer from it.