SHOULD WE WEIGH KIDS IN SCHOOL…
I have just listened to a debate discussing the recent proposals to weigh kids in school, from an early age, in order to ‘catch’ obesity…
The idea behind this, is that, any kids over the recommended weight can be put on a healthier path.
Here is what I think.
Being ‘put on a healthier path’, is not something that numbers on a scale can help with.
Not even a healthy eating an exercise plan in can really help with this. Not long-term anyway.
It all starts in the deepest darkest parts of their tiny little minds.
If we are to invest any kind of money, to avoid the growing obesity numbers within the next generations, spend it on mindfulness coaching.
Send in professionals, to teach the kids, that feeling good about yourself starts within and that once you have the basics of a great self-esteem and self-worth, your weight will remain within a ‘healthy’ bracket for the rest of your life.
Teach them that eating with guilt and stress is actually known to create hormones which SEND FAT into your cells.
Teach them that depriving yourself leads to over indulgence or worse, starvation mode, which will ruin your metabolism forever more.
Teach them that as long as they are eating for nutrition as well as pleasure and getting outside for brisk walks and exercise – they will be doing just fine!
But most of all, teach them that numbers mean nothing. Some bodies will always just weigh more than others. And for that we have no explanation.
Singling them out, from an early age, and humiliating them over something they cannot quite control yet, is probably the most archaic suggestion I have heard in a while…
This is 2018, we KNOW how much of an effect, the formative childhood years have on the rest of our lives. Most of us spend DECADES undoing the damage done then.
Let’s learn from that and move onwards and upwards, not backwards.
Make nutrition fun for them; make it a subject that they can excel at and make a career out of! Put more emphasis on cooking as a subject too, it shouldn’t be a side issue because guess what – EVERYONE HAS TO EAT, EVERY DAY.
It’s pretty important no?
LADIES, IF YOU FEEL ME, PASS IT ON….