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Johnny - posted on 06/27/2011

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I think people have also lost sight of what "in moderation" really means. My parents did not feed me junk food at all growing up, no candy, no pop, no McDonalds, etc. But they served me large portions (because they ate large portions) and forced me to eat it all. I've always eaten very healthy foods, but I've been eating way too much of them. Until I went to a dietician for help, I had no real understanding of what a portion size is. I was shocked by how small it seemed. I do not think I have ever seen a proper portion size in a restaurant except occasionally in what they call "half size" orders. Frightening.

I see people make comments like it's okay to have junk in moderation, but it is so hard to know what that really means. Is it a cookie once a week, a bag of chips a month or a can of pop a day. It means different things to different people and I think it is rather a dangerous phrase we throw around too often without having defined its meaning.

Rosie - posted on 06/28/2011

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i honestly believe it has ALOT to do with poverty. of course there's going to be obese people of all income levels, but healthy food is expensive. plus, sugar is addicting, who wants an apple when you can have apple pie? so when your mother is feeding you unhealthy refined carbs because they are what is cheap, well, that's what you want and crave all through your life. it's really hard to change, that's why its so important to start young. i wish i would've been more passionate about health when my kids were younger. i am finding it hard to transition them to healthier foods.

Kate CP - posted on 06/28/2011

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I have the reverse problem. My daughter has been 40 pounds for about a year and a half now. She's gotten taller, but she hasn't gained any weight, which is odd to me. :P But anyway, found out the other day that her school was limiting her portions which is why she was so damn hungry. I told them that if Samantha is hungry she's allowed to eat as long as it's healthy choices like veggies and lean meats and not crackers or chips or junk food. The administrator was like "Well, we didn't want to over-feed her!" Over-feed her? She's FIVE!! Five year olds don't over-eat healthy food! They eat until they are full UNLESS some one has TAUGHT them to eat too much!

Teach kids about healthy food choices and portion control from an early age and that's something that will stick with them forever.

Jenny - posted on 06/27/2011

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It won't stop until the point comes where we have decimated the earth to the point that we CAN'T get a burger at the drive thru.

People care more about convenience than health. They really just don't give a shit. Every dollar you spend is a vote for what you believe in. Let's start believing in something good people.

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Sharon i am not saying America is the only country that may do this.I was just saying from my first travel experience, i was comparing the two.Since then my travels have broadened lol..it is the one country were i can say gives more than many of the other places i have gone.



Its not rude i feel nor was it intended to be.I do apologize America if i have come across that way.



My salad was an definitely an appetizer.They also never wrote on the menu a soup was also with it before the main meal.



They food was fantastic and the restaurant was suburb but the portions were so much more from what we give back home.That goes for our chain restaurant's too.



I had a good few meals out while on my visit which we wouldn't really do at home.It was generally the same in all.I don't mean that rudely i am just stating the facts.I am sure many restaurant's etc do smaller portions .I just didn't visit one while i was there.

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It was not a chain restaurant i was at.That is why i was so shocked.I was expecting the gourmet size portions.Which is what we would give here in our fancy restaurant's as we call them lol.Yes i so agree skinny does not mean healthy.

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Dyan and Sharon, I disagree to an extent about healthy food being more expensive. I agree that it can have the appearance of being more expensive. But when you get down to it, it IS very possible to eat healthy on a tight budget. My own experience proves that. Since switching over to a more whole foods diet, I've actually spent LESS on groceries than when we were eating the 'cheap' packaged foods (and using coupons). The catch is, we now have a vegetable garden, and I now cook almost 100% from scratch. I understand that not everyone has the time to commit to a garden or cooking from scratch...but it proves that eating well doesn't have to be expensive.

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She's got a strong back. She's no longer allowed to carry anyone heavier than me (about 100 pounds) now though cuz I don't want her getting injured. :) Her arms aren't quite as strong though cuz she complains about carrying her brother (31+ pounds). I don't blame her for that one though... that kid is solid!

Constance - posted on 06/29/2011

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Theresa, Anybody who wants to pick that apart is rediculase. Nobody gets everything everytime. Hell I can't even pick up anything over 10lbs Kudos to her:)

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I'm a good example of someone who is skinny and unhealthy. My kids are good examples of skinny and healthy. Granted, their diet is lacking a bit and they eat ALL the time, but when a 60 pound girl can carry a 150 pound boy on her back (just one example, so don't pick it apart please).... I'd say she's doing pretty well for herself. ;)

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Elizabeth, you beat me to it. I was going to mention that yesterday but got busy and forgot.

Skinny doesn't automatically equal healthy.

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These are just some of the reasons i love calling Australia home. The government helps in a big way for me to support my 3 kids. I have a car payment, I pay full rent, i have the net and home phone plus a mobile and also 2 dogs 2 cats. It's tight being single but i manage and some weeks i can even manage to save some money. I don't have to turn to food banks and what not. I am extreemly greatful for the life i have even when it does suck arse.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/29/2011

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Hehe. My food bank donations are always whole grain pasta or low sodium canned goods or no-sugar-added applesauce cups. Stuff like that. I hope somebody appreciates it. It ain't fresh, but I'm sure it beats the hell out of KD and Mr. Noodles.

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I agree with a lot of moms, but I say theres also a "skinny fat" . its about nutrition, not size. Also, does income have to do with it? We buy a lot of organic food and its expensive! Not saying you have to buy organic but fresh produce costs have risen. We even started a garden to help cut costs. Next time you hear of a food bank, see what foods they are giving out. Its not fresh produce or even frozen veggies. Its canned food high in sodium amd fat. Dont get me wrong im not saying you have to be rich to be healthy but when the choice is a $1 canned speghettios or $15 to fix a healthy meal, some people cant afford it.

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My kids get to choose whats for dinner. Every time it's me daughters choice she asks for meat and vege's and then goes on to tell me what vege's she wants that night. I'm so proud and she will also choose fruit over lollies.

The soup example bugs the crap out of me. I make the best home made pumpkin soup. A tin here costs about $2. For me to make a 13 litre pot of it it costs me about $10. We pretty much live on pumkin soup for a week after i make it and then there is the frozen stuff that we eat later as well.

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I agree with Dyan. There has been numerous studies to show the higher proportions of obesity in lower-income families, and stretching that almighty dollar is just so hard when not taught properly. A can of vegetable soup for $1.29 versus buying the fresh veggies needed to make a 6 quart pot of veggie soup! There is a huge difference. Even if you shop at local produce markets where produce is generally cheaper, it still adds up!

Lady Heather - posted on 06/28/2011

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Yes, I was going to add that it is really only chain restaurants that do the massive portions for the most part. Our local Italian place does proper Italian-sized servings of pasta and you never actually eat too much there. And the pasta is homemade. Nom.

Half sized portions appear to have fallen out of favour here though. Everything is huge at the chain places. Oh man. I got these enchiladas at Moxie's once. There were three MASSIVE enchiladas with a big pile of chips and salsa and sour cream and guac. It tasted good, but I got sick just looking at it. Could not eat even one. Just...unnecessary. I'd hope most people know they shouldn't eat the whole thing, but you really have to wonder why they give you so much in the first place.

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BTW- in many restaurants you can order half-sized portions. It's been a popular alternate for many years!

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Ashley, it's not really fair to base an entire nation's portions based on your 1 experience in the states. Granted, larger chain restaurants do tend to over-portion. That's quite well-known. But it;s not accurate to lump ALL of American restaurants the same. There's a local Greek restautant that we love as well as several family-owned places that have much smaller and singular portion sizes. Or, you might have ordered a dinner-sized salad as opposed to an appetizer/garden size salad. In any event, please don't lump the entire country as such. Trust me, we KNOW we're the fattest nation around.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/28/2011

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Never had pasta in the US, but here in Canada I generally eat what I want and it still looks like I haven't touched the plate. If the restaurants only knew how much money they could save by making smaller portions. I know pasta is cheap, but it would add up. I would probably be happy to pay the same amount for half the pasta.

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I went to America at 16 years old.I could not get over the HUGE portion sizes.I mean Huge.I ordered a salad and got it, then i got soup that apparently came with it before the main meal.I could barely finish the starter salad.I couldn't even touch the soup, that was a dinner in its self.As for the pasta dish i had to take most of that home.Way to much food.If Americans came to Ireland they would be so disappointed with our food portions in restaurant's lol.I agree portions sizes need to be smaller.Its never to late to teach kids all about healthy food choices.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/28/2011

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Shannen - Probably about 25 cm diameter? I'm just estimating. Anyways, there's 190 calories in one soft taco shell. Adding all the other stuff on to it would probably bring her meal up to 500 calories or something. That to me is too much for a 27 lb kid. If she wants more food after she's had her half, she gets more veggies.

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Kate, my almost 7 year old nephew is the same way and he is about 42-44 pounds! He was actually found to have a very high metabolism and he NEEDS to graze practically all day long. Yes, healthy snacks. The kid is skin & bones and so far his teachers have been accomodating. He might even just tell his teacher he needs to go to the nurse for his snack and he'll get an applesauce, or some apple slices, or a half a banana. It's beyond irony that this nephew HAS to eat all the time, yet his older brother is obese and follows the same genetic disposition and body structure as his father did. So sad.

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For us on some days, a healthy meal is a turkey, or PB & J sandwich on wheat bread, some carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and a glass of milk before we need to head off to karate or basketball. Sure as hell beats the drive-thru bags that other parents show up with! I agree, it takes just a few minutes to prepare a healthier meal choice. But in the busy hustle and bustle of the day, sometimes it doesn't work out that way.

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I have always been so understanding.I tend to offer my help before i judge anyone.

This makes me so angry.As parents we are 100% responsible for our children.That includes there nutrition.We need to wake up and cop the f**k on.

I know i sound very rude there but stop killing your little ones.

We need to educate parents about what there feeding there children.What there feeding themselves for that matter.

You can make healthy meals in minutes so don't tell me you don't have time.

At the end of the day you are responsible for your children.If you as a parent don't like what you see when you look at your child.Just know your the reason there like this.

It may sound harsh but its true.

If you love your children, put down that junk food in there hand and start a new chapter of healthy eating for longer healthier lives.Please.It saddends me so much to see obese children.Parents have the power to change this all around.The have to be willing.Do it for your kids.They will thank you for it.

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"Last night he tried to give her a whole regular sized soft shell taco. It was whole grain, lean meat, lots of veggies, my own spice mix - all around a good food choice. But a whole one for a 2 year old????"


I'm not sure how big it is so a link would be good. But I'm in Aus and my 2 almost 3 yr old boy will eat 2 maybe 3 soft shell tacos. Lettuce, cheese, tomato, avocado and whatever else i decide to throw on it. I must admit i make one and see if he asks for more. I don't deny or give my children certain portions and say thats it i let them decide how much they eat within reason but it's all healthy food that they have to choose from.

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I always said that if I wasn;t a teacher, I'd be a nutrionist. But, I honestly don;t have an all-that-great diet! My family & I are on the thinner/slimmer side. We eat, for the most part, healthier meals. But yeah, we do the crap food too. I know my schedule is beyond crazy during the school year. I can definately do a better job for my family. Just because we are all on the skinner side does not mean we are not at risk for other health issues.

Jaime - posted on 06/27/2011

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I will be the first to admit that it's a bitch to break the nasty eating habits that I've grown up with. I am doing much much better with my son...but I won't lie...convenience often wins out with *me*. When it comes to my son though, I'm very good about making sure he eats a balanced meal. As of very recently, I've really started taking stock of what I am eating and when and how much. I have significantly reduced my portions, but the frequency with which I reach for junk foods is still too much for my liking. I agree that we definitely need to set our kids up for healthier futures because there is just so much out there to tempt them. Instilling those good eating habits I think is what will help to prevent kids from growing up to be convenience-led adults.

Constance - posted on 06/27/2011

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Parents need more education but more importantly they need to know that 15 mins a night you can have a healthy tasty meal. So many people think healthy food has no flavor or it will take an hour to cook dinner. People don't know how to use ingredients together. cooking healthy foods that taste wonderful and full of flavor. It takes some imagination I know that not everybody can pull it off. My mom and my sister can't come up with a recipe if it is written in a cookbook.
We just have to get people back in the kitchen and remind them how good a home cooked meal tastes.

ME - posted on 06/27/2011

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I wish I could say that I am wholly responsible for my children's slim physiques...I offer them healthy foods, but they can eat healthy fruit, veggies or a couple other snacks at any time all day long if they want; and, they get some exercise, but not every day. I don't let them watch hours and hours of tv, but they watch more than I intended to allow them to several days a week...I think my kids just got good genes...perhaps some of these kids just got "bad" genes???

Amber - posted on 06/27/2011

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I really wish that there were nutrition classes offered to people for free. So many people just don't understand what proper nutrition or portion sizes are.
I'm guilty of making bad decisions sometimes, but they are not the norm. My bad decisions usually come in the form of not wanting to do high impact exercise :) I usually make myself do it anyway...but some days I just don't want to, so I play tag/red light-green light instead lol

Lady Heather - posted on 06/27/2011

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I don't know. It's pretty scary. I think my daughter eats like a horse and she's a little string bean. Well, she's got big shoulders and ribs like her dad, but there ain't anything on them. I think portion size is definitely a big part of the problem. Sure, junk is bad. But like Johnny said, it's pretty easy to get too much of a good thing. I always have to stop my husband from giving the kid too much food. He was raised with big portions and he just has no clue. Last night he tried to give her a whole regular sized soft shell taco. It was whole grain, lean meat, lots of veggies, my own spice mix - all around a good food choice. But a whole one for a 2 year old???? And he was actually surprised when I told him that was too much.

Debby - posted on 06/27/2011

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Try to resist, Dana! Sorry--when I was preggers with my daughter, I couldn't pass a certain chicken fast food!

Dana - posted on 06/27/2011

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Damn. I don't even like fast food -AT ALL but, I'm pregnant and all of a sudden, seeing Debby mention McDonald's makes me want some french fries from there. Yuck...

Debby - posted on 06/27/2011

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Oh...girls, thanks! I will! I was ahead of the game with my own kids and they learned at my knee (we eat right). But still not a week goes by that I don't get a question...

September - posted on 06/27/2011

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Debby adequate nutritional information is out there. Our pediatrician did a great job providing the needed information as our son grew/continues to grow, sometimes you just have to ask for it if it’s not provided. There’s also great information you can find online just by using google.

Debby - posted on 06/27/2011

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I have seen many a parent bring in an ADULT meal from McDonald's as a treat for their 5 year old. Or be allowed to 'refuse' healthy options. We need to take control of our childrens' diets....not have the state do it!
That said, I have two grandsons under a year--neither mom has been given adequate nutritional info! Is it not out there?

September - posted on 06/27/2011

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Sad. I’ve been told I’m obsessive when it comes to our son’s diet, I think I’m being a responsible parent. Our son eats healthy well rounded meals (with a treat from time to time) not to completely deprive him, plays outside daily (he could never sit inside all day) and sleeps from 8 at night till 6:30 in the morning with a 1.5-2.5 hour nap each day. I think we’re doing pretty well. We see the importance of eating healthy, exercising and getting plenty of rest.

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