I am a 13-year-old going to South Valley Middle School and my
mom told me that in the past weeks there has been a lot of
controversy about our population of obese kids.
I am a 13-year-old going to South Valley Middle School and my mom told me that in the past weeks there has been a lot of controversy about our population of obese kids. Some of these arguments are that our kids aren’t being active at a young age due to lack of physical education in our elementary schools. But I think the problem is that our kids get home from school, they sit down in front of the TV, get out their game cube and then they eat.
Many parents don’t want to admit that they let their kids do this, some just don’t want to admit that they don’t have control over their kids and some parents don’t even know what is happening because they work until 7 at night. Most of the time when parents tell their kids to go outside and play the kids talk back, throw a tantrum or ignore them altogether.
When I was little, my mom always tried to get my brother and I to go outside. It was easy to get my brother to go outside, because he loved playing with our dogs, but it was harder for me because I loved to read. It got to the point that my mom would come out with us into the backyard and lock the door behind us so we couldn’t get back in. After a while we got used to it and all mom had to do was say, “Why don’t you go outside and play?” and we would go, without her forcing us.
I think parents should be more strict (about) having their kids go outside and play. It might not be convenient for them, but it will help their child in the future. For example, there are some “bigger” people at my school and they are constantly teased about their weight. This can lead to anorexia and many hurt feelings. The kids get to such a point that they lose their self-confidence.
I also know people who insist on having McDonald’s every night. They always talk about how overweight they are and complain about their excess fat, etc. Most are constantly told by their parents that they should lose some weight and are bribed (by being told) that they will get money if they lose weight. But, isn’t it the parents fault that they let their kids eat McDonald’s, and isn’t it their fault if they buy it for their kids? People are now suing McDonald’s for making their kids fat and getting them addicted, but why sue McDonald’s for something they caused?
But the real question is: Shouldn’t the parents feel at least a little bit guilty?
Elise Ogle, Gilroy