Only babies are supposed to have chunky fat rolls on their arms and legs! That is not normal for adults. Why do so many adults have rolls on their arms and legs and have abdomens that protrude further than pregnant bellies? Recently, I have been noticing the prevalence of obesity among the adults around me in normal life and the lack of vegetables they eat at lunch.
Obesity in the world today cannot be blamed or fixed with one change, it is a multifactorial and now a generational problem. Children learn by what they see.
I had a client previously who knew she was not eating in a way that would be a good example for her daughter, so she never ate in front of her daughter and waited until her daughter went to sleep to eat her dinner. That little girl was not able to learn from her family how to eat healthy.
The USDA released new guidelines on Wednesday which doubles the fruits and vegetables in school lunches and limits calories. Although this is a wonderful improvement for America's children, I am a huge believer in the value of family. After working with overweight children and having the ability to control school lunches, I realized that what happens at home will always continue to have a much greater impact on eating habits than school parameters. This USDA change comes at a huge cost (3.2 Billion over 5 years).
How about mothers and fathers join and compliment these changes! Double your fruit and vegetable intake at lunch and dinner and let's see what impact that has on American children. Hopefully it will cut back on adults whose arms are chunky like a baby.
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