Mixed news, but a new study from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health has reviewed a large research set of healthy foods/nutrition selections by young people over a 30 year period and concludes: (no surprise) kids’ diets today are very different and far less healthy than those of their parents and (surprise!) there are many more significant outside influences on kids’ selections that render parents’ influence very weak. Friends, advertising, availability, cheap costs, etc. are more significant than the pleas and instructions from parents, including healthy eating when that is provided at home.
Yet with 17% of youth ages 2-19 obese (according to the CDC), this new ‘perspective’ simply broadens our responsibility to include communities, school cafeterias, vendors, food industriesand government to ensure food literacy for our youth, to make healthy choices more available and affordable, and to inundate advertising toward good decisions concerning nutrition.
No, it’s not all our faults as parents. In fact, we clearly are minor players in this dilemma. However, we must rally, maybe we have to force, the other influential factors in protecting our youth to be more responsible themselves.
No, it’s not my fault. But there is still plenty for me/us to do!