So I’m in the checkout line at the grocery store. In front of me is an overweight mother and child. Their cart is filled with refined carbohydrates, microwave food and snacks. Not a hint of vegetable or fruit. Not a whole grain to be found. Behind me is a mother and daughter with what appear to be balanced weight and height. Their cart is flush with fresh vegetables, meats, fish and the rare-but-appropriate smattering of sinful snack food. A remarkable contrast really.
Every day I confront the parents of the dangerously overweight. And in many cases there’s a failure to ever recognize that habits and choices have even the smallest role in what’s making their children so sick. Obesity is complicated and its solution certainly goes beyond shopping cart critiques. But in many cases the solution’s most common denominator comes down to intake versus expenditure and the recognition that our actions can contribute to the problem