Some Weekend Reads

Here are a few headlines that interested me this week. There's so much to say about each article that I post. Maybe during a slow post week, I can really delve into some of this food news. Until then, here are your snip-its.

1. Good Housekeeping has some good ideas on how to guide your children to eat healthy. They do a good job talking about how the entire family can benefit from the parent's food choices.

2. The Wall Street Journal talks about how grocery stores are trying to focus on nutritional information more than they used to do. Basically, it says two things are going on the grocery stores. Some stores are using a nutritional point system to show what foods are healthier than others. Some stores are actually bringing in dietitians to help consumers make better food choices. I'd love to write a bunch about this (and i hope to soon), but the summary of my belief is: if you buy non-manufactured food, then you'll probably be making a good food choice, meaning you don't need any of this.

3. NPR reminds that childhood obesity does more than put the child at increased health risks. I would like to talk about this more, too. If you'll remind me, I hope to research some stats about childhood obesity, income levels, and the associated available food.

Any comments on these articles? What are your thoughts?

1 comment:

Just a Mom said...

I feel really strongly about childhood obesity! Most of the time, if you look at the parent, you can see where it comes from. The poor child didn't have a chance! Personally, I think two things are wrong here: Firstly, the price of quality food vs. processed food, is WAY out of whack! There is something wrong with a country that can provide food (in schools, grocery stores, fast food joints, etc.) for cheaper than healthy ingredients. Secondly, parents need to be educated, and/or care more about what they put in their children's mouths. Lower income families are the most underprivileged here, because they can't afford fresh food, or they don't have the time to prepare it. I'm not really sure what the solution for that is. I certainly know that it doesn't help when my church tells me that the local food pantries are in need of "jello and kool-aid". Again, I get that they need to feel the masses for cheap, but the demographic they're feeding is the most in trouble, in my opinion. Looking forward to more about this :)