I've been watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and it really points out some major issues we need to address as a country. How do the kids have a chance when all of the adults in their lives are overweight? Parents, teachers, nurses, doctors...right on up to our Surgeon General are overweight if not right out obese!
As a parent, I know that kids learn what they live. If they see their parents playing sports, they're going to want to play sports. If they see their parents reading or working with computers, they will probably have interests in those activities. But "do as I say and not as I do" doesn't work.
I am overweight. I've been overweight since I was 6yrs old. I've improved my eating habits immensely but it is more difficult to get the pounds off once you have them than to prevent gaining them in the first place.
My husband is not overweight. I can tell my kids something about healthy eating or exercise and they pay no attention...until their dad tells them the same thing. Why is that? Because dad isn't fat. I don't blame them a bit. I sure don't look like I know what I'm talking about!
I kind of get the same feeling when a nurse who is obese tells me that I need to lose weight. If you're job is health management, why shouldn't you be expected to be healthy? How many people would hire an obese personal trainer? How many Weight Watcher consultants are overweight?
Our leaders need to start walking the walk instead of just talking the talk!