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2012-09-26 10:42:04 AM  
Because the parents are fat.
 
2012-09-26 10:42:29 AM  
Is this the thread that I go to to get parenting advice from kids in their 20's who have no children?
 
2012-09-26 10:43:43 AM  

006deluxe: Seems like an appropriate thread for this question; Can anyone suggest any healthy snack foods that I can leave at my desk at work that are reasonably cheap? I had been buying a bag of apples to keep at work and snack on throughout the week, but that got a bit old after a few awhile so I want to mix things up a bit.


raw almonds, they are usually 3.99 a pound or so and a small handful is rather filling, just have some water nearby as they will probably make you a little thirsty.
 
2012-09-26 10:46:41 AM  
I think a lot of working parents just give up and give their kids whatever they will eat for dinner. Also, I think a lot of parents pacify their kids with food like whenever their child is crying or upset they give them something to eat to calm them down.

I know my wife and I have been guilty of just giving in at times. What we ended up doing was making sure we have plenty of decent leftovers and frozen veggies that way on the days when we've both been sitting in traffic for 2 hours _before_ picking up an exhausted and cranky toddler and 6 month old we have a plan to get a halfway decent meal on the table.
 
2012-09-26 10:48:40 AM  

mod3072: Is this the thread that I go to to get parenting advice from kids in their 20's who have no children?


Hey man, some of those "kids" are grad students. GRAD STUDENTS!!!!
 
2012-09-26 10:49:07 AM  

mod3072: Is this the thread that I go to to get parenting advice from kids in their 20's who have no children?


But they do live in their mom's basement so technically they are just on the receiving end of the parenting.
 
2012-09-26 10:50:20 AM  
Recently lost 75lbs and still dropping. Why the weight loss now instead of 25 or 30 years ago? I was born in the late 60s, raised by off the boat Germans who left behind a Dairy Farm in East Germany in the late 40s. I was given farm hand portions, and it was all East German cooking.
Of course I knew 5, 10, and 20 years ago that the way I eat was wrong, but, I was trained to crave what I craved. Breads, Meats, Starches, Dairy.. and lots of it. I was trained to eat farm hand portions even tho there was no farm to work.
My friends eat right. I see them do it. But for some reason, I could not. I had "will power". I dieted. Nothing clicked. Nothing stuck.

What changed it? Going Raw Vegan and Juicing it. I did it for 30 days. Rewired the way my body wanted food, and rewired how I thought about food. I lost 30lbs in 30 days. 2 months off the fast, lost another 10 pounds. Decided to do another 30 days of Raw Vegan Juicing.. lost another 30 pounds. Now, about a month out from the last fast, I lost another 5 pounds and that is from eating "normally".

Now, I don't crave sugar, bread, starches, meats etc.. Portions are now smaller and normal. It took taking my intake to it's most basic level.. nothing but raw plant matter, to change me.

That's it.

CSS
 
2012-09-26 10:52:13 AM  
Fat, undisciplined, ignorant parents raising fat, undisciplined ignorant kids?

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2012-09-26 10:53:52 AM  
Whenever the lazy-eyed cashier at the local grocery tries to flirt with me and asks if I have any kids (again) she always mentions how she has to buy all her kids different foods or else they wont eat. She apparently makes at least 3 kinds of dinners a night just to keep them happy. I say bollocks to that. That's what I say.
 
2012-09-26 11:02:40 AM  
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2012-09-26 11:02:45 AM  
My son, who is 8, was snacking too much around the house. My family has a propensity to be bigger than we should be, so I have to watch it. A few months ago I caught my son raiding the cookie jar (again) and told him to take it easy or he was going to get fat (he's a thick kid, but not fat). Well, long story short he said something about that at school as a joke and his teacher overheard. Next thing I know, the school counselor calls me in to give me parenting lessons on sensitivity and tries to tell me that "God makes some children larger than others and we shouldn't hurt their feeling or make fun of them". This counselor, who is probably a size 14, was dumbfounded when I told her someone should love her enough to tell her to put the cookies down. Sometimes tough love is good love.
 
2012-09-26 11:04:38 AM  

Too Pretty For Prison: My son, who is 8, was snacking too much around the house. My family has a propensity to be bigger than we should be, so I have to watch it. A few months ago I caught my son raiding the cookie jar (again) and told him to take it easy or he was going to get fat (he's a thick kid, but not fat). Well, long story short he said something about that at school as a joke and his teacher overheard. Next thing I know, the school counselor calls me in to give me parenting lessons on sensitivity and tries to tell me that "God makes some children larger than others and we shouldn't hurt their feeling or make fun of them". This counselor, who is probably a size 14, was dumbfounded when I told her someone should love her enough to tell her to put the cookies down. Sometimes tough love is good love.


I would never make it as far as even going to the school. I'd tell the counselor to fark off and mind his own business on the phone.
 
2012-09-26 11:11:04 AM  

Too Pretty For Prison: This counselor, who is probably a size 14, was dumbfounded when I told her someone should love her enough to tell her to put the cookies down. Sometimes tough love is good love.


that's farking awesome

/of course, now she'll hate you forever
 
2012-09-26 11:23:33 AM  

006deluxe: Seems like an appropriate thread for this question; Can anyone suggest any healthy snack foods that I can leave at my desk at work that are reasonably cheap? I had been buying a bag of apples to keep at work and snack on throughout the week, but that got a bit old after a few awhile so I want to mix things up a bit.


Rice cakes. They store well, are low calorie and are delicious.
 
2012-09-26 11:24:59 AM  

strangeluck: It's a good question.

I didn't say it, but I wanted to whack her across her face and say "You're the parent, try setting an example for your daughter. Make her exercise, eat right and help her loose weight."


Maybe she needs to teach her how to lose weight instead of trying to convey how tightly or loosely her weight is held together?
 
2012-09-26 11:26:17 AM  

Clearance for Clarence: Rice cakes are delicious.


LIES
 
2012-09-26 11:29:41 AM  
Letting your kid eat junk food. Check
Feeding you kid prepared meals that are just heated up in the microwave. Check
Not knowing how to say NO to your kid. Check
Letting your kid park himself in front of the TV all day and night, Check
Being unable to say: "Go outside nad play and get out of my hair." Check

Get grows into a lard-ass.

"OMG! What did I do wrong!?!?!"
 
2012-09-26 11:42:31 AM  
If your child is fat, it's all your fault. You are the parent, you are in control of what your child eats when they're at home. I don't care how tired you are or how busy, you need to make the time to prepare healthy food. If you have to, do all your cooking for the week on the weekend, like casseroles and freeze it, then you just have to pop it in the oven on weeknights. And don't offer treats as comfort, that's a big problem. Then the kid comes to equate sweets with comfort and that begins a whole cycle of eating that is hard to stop. Also, just don't buy the crap, don't have it in your house. I know you say "but I like that stuff, I'm an adult", but your kids don't have the willpower yet to not eat it and if they're hungry, they'll eat whatever is handy. Keep your kitchen stocked with fruits, veggies, milk, etc. If they get hungry enough, they'll eat it. I know, I have two children, my husband and I both work full time, and both my kids are thin. Plus, they have almost always walked or rode their bikes everywhere, so they are doing what kids should do - be active, outside!
 
2012-09-26 11:53:34 AM  

Too Pretty For Prison: My son, who is 8, was snacking too much around the house. My family has a propensity to be bigger than we should be, so I have to watch it. A few months ago I caught my son raiding the cookie jar (again) and told him to take it easy or he was going to get fat (he's a thick kid, but not fat). Well, long story short he said something about that at school as a joke and his teacher overheard. Next thing I know, the school counselor calls me in to give me parenting lessons on sensitivity and tries to tell me that "God makes some children larger than others and we shouldn't hurt their feeling or make fun of them". This counselor, who is probably a size 14, was dumbfounded when I told her someone should love her enough to tell her to put the cookies down. Sometimes tough love is good love.


School counselors are probably among the most useless people on the planet. Relatively low IQ's, narcissistic personalities who get their sense of self worth from being able to push children around.
 
2012-09-26 12:09:24 PM  

WhippingBoy: Too Pretty For Prison: My son, who is 8, was snacking too much around the house. My family has a propensity to be bigger than we should be, so I have to watch it. A few months ago I caught my son raiding the cookie jar (again) and told him to take it easy or he was going to get fat (he's a thick kid, but not fat). Well, long story short he said something about that at school as a joke and his teacher overheard. Next thing I know, the school counselor calls me in to give me parenting lessons on sensitivity and tries to tell me that "God makes some children larger than others and we shouldn't hurt their feeling or make fun of them". This counselor, who is probably a size 14, was dumbfounded when I told her someone should love her enough to tell her to put the cookies down. Sometimes tough love is good love.

School counselors are probably among the most useless people on the planet. Relatively low IQ's, narcissistic personalities who get their sense of self worth from being able to push children around.


And you apparently need a master's just to be one.
 
2012-09-26 12:10:58 PM  
The same reason many people have kids in general - they are losers who want at least someone to look up to them, and/or need them.

Disciplining puts that adoration at risk.
 
2012-09-26 12:11:25 PM  

Liese: Clearance for Clarence: Rice cakes are delicious.

LIES


They're not bad with mayonnaise...
 
2012-09-26 12:17:04 PM  
Quick story and then I'll read the thread: I saw a kid the other day riding his bike around the town park. He was kind of chubby, so I thought, Good for you, fat kid. Go ride that bike. Then I noticed that he had something in his hands--a bag from the KFC nearby. He rode his bike to one of the picnic tables, sat down, and chowed on his food. All by himself, sitting in the park and eating. And I"m pretty sure it wasn't because he'd missed lunch.

This was in a very small town--the kids are allowed to run the streets freely, and I'm sure their parents give them money sometimes. What are you going to do when your kid eats a bunch of crap, then comes home and eats the same healthy meal that everyone else does? Psst--they aren't going to tell you. Most kids that are ambulatory have access to crap food all day long. And if you think you're going to keep a person with a food addiction away from crappy food, you've never dealt with a person with an addiction.
 
2012-09-26 12:23:59 PM  

006deluxe: Seems like an appropriate thread for this question; Can anyone suggest any healthy snack foods that I can leave at my desk at work that are reasonably cheap? I had been buying a bag of apples to keep at work and snack on throughout the week, but that got a bit old after a few awhile so I want to mix things up a bit.


Nuts: Macadamia, almonds, walnuts. Preferably not roasted in any nasty vegetable oils.
 
2012-09-26 12:31:41 PM  

SweetRoisinDubh: The Fiber One brownies are really great


LIES. They are horrendous and taste like cardboard.
 
2012-09-26 12:33:47 PM  
I got fat at about age 12 and even though my parents saw it happening, they didn't address it. They themselves were also getting fat at about the same time.

I think it's different for every family. One of my brothers was never fat, and the other one was fat when we were younger but is thin now.

The reason I'm not thin yet is because I still use food to deal with anxiety. I learned this at a young age from my parents, who do it too.

The reason they didn't get fat until they were older is because the food environment changed in the late 80s/early 90s - portion sizes got larger, everything was injected with corn syrup, etc. We got fat when the food changed. Also, my dad quit smoking around then and promptly gained 20 pounds. So we all gained together.

My parents aren't bad parents. Sometimes I'd like to blame them for my weight but they were doing the best they could. No one talked about "emotional eating" back then or at least when they did, they didn't mention it in conjunction with anxiety. I am learning about it now that I am an adult and I am working to change my ways, but it's really difficult. I've learned to deal with the world by eating for every emotion. I am fundamentally changing the way that I interact with my body and the world around me.

It's not as simple as knowing what to eat.

/CSB
//only 30 pounds overweight, certainly not morbidly obese
 
2012-09-26 12:34:55 PM  

Too Pretty For Prison: Sometimes tough love is good love.


My dad called me fat when I was 12. It made my cry, and I told him I was going to be a vegetarian from then on because it was healthier. I'm now 29 and have been about 100 lbs and 5'2" since I was 13. Sometimes you need to tell your kid that it is fat.
 
2012-09-26 12:36:20 PM  

There's Always A Bloody Ghost: Also, just don't buy the crap, don't have it in your house


There have been some studies to suggest that it's not terrible to have some in the house; just make sure that you don't have too much. It's one thing if you can physically avoid all junk food and chocolate, but we must be honest with ourselves - the majority of us can't. If you've got it in the house on a regular basis, then you are less likely to binge on it than if you don't. I'll see if I can track any down.

My thought is that if I can't avoid sweets or chocolates, then at the very least, I can make my own stuff that is fresh or natural, minimal preservatives and artificial sweeteners, that sort of thing.
 
2012-09-26 12:58:10 PM  
Gavin, that comment is only if you've tried everything else to keep your kids, or yourself, from eating a lot of crap. It might not work for everyone, but if you're desperate, you do what you have to do. Out of sight, out of mind, being the operative phrase. And I understand that you can't control what your kids eat when they're not with you, but you can control how they think about food starting from when they're babies. Don't force them to finish their plates, don't force them to eat if they're not hungry, don't use food as a reward or comfort, offer healthy alternatives, and most important, have a good attitude about food yourself, you are the best example of how to eat well.
 
2012-09-26 01:02:22 PM  

sweetmelissa31: Too Pretty For Prison: Sometimes tough love is good love.

My dad called me fat when I was 12. It made my cry, and I told him I was going to be a vegetarian from then on because it was healthier. I'm now 29 and have been about 100 lbs and 5'2" since I was 13. Sometimes you need to tell your kid that it is fat.


Same. Tenth grade, I was 6'1 and 190lbs. I was eating a sandwich at the kitchen counter and Dad came over and pinched a handful of flab on my side, laughed at me, and called me chubby. Traumatizing. I lost thirty pounds that month and have been moderately anorexic ever since. Twelve years later I'm still a stick figure.

Also, I like how the article gives numbers for how many calories you should eat without taking any variables into consideration at all. You can't generalize that much and then provide a specific number. It's not informative or even correct.
 
2012-09-26 01:18:33 PM  

BigBooper: Having a kid is a huge responsibility. If your not prepared to give up pretty much everything you enjoy to have a baby, then don't have kids.
And parents, we have to stop pushing our choice on our childless friends. Just the opposite, let them know the truth. Having a baby consumes your life; your time, your money, your sleep, and sometimes your sanity. Lets not push our choice on our friends.


I tell every expecting couple I meet the same thing. The first 6 months are a living hell. All work, no reward. The child can't interact in a meaningful way so you pour all your effort into keeping the child clean, warm, fed and comfortable. And you know what you get back? More poop, late night feedings and crying. It gets better when they start smiling and when they are potty trained it actually gets pretty fun.
 
2012-09-26 01:53:06 PM  
Parent of a 2 yr old toddler and currently a SAHM...

One parent can also sabotage the efforts of the other...I don't buy sweets or soda or junk food...my husband does. I cook meals with the intention that there will be leftovers...he eats everything left in the pots by the end of the night (e.g. - 3/4 of a 5 lb. chicken, 1/2 a veggie lasagne). He's also a fast food junkie, even when I pack homemade food for him. His mother started working while he was in grade school and he was basically allowed to eat whatever and however much he wanted (lots of frozen dinners) and spend his allowance on candy/soda. I'm hoping my son won't pick up his eating habits (or his drinking habits - 6 beers in a sitting and not drunk). My husband has a superfast metabolism, so he's only about 15-20 lbs overweight, but it's still not a good example to set.

Also, we're broke, so there's probably more carbs involved in our diet than there should be, even if they are whole-grain. I use a fair amount of frozen veggies and cheaper fresh fruit/veggies, but it's still pricey, particularly with a husband who will eat 2-3 lbs of whatever is in front of him at the time.

Even when you are stay-at-home and conscientious, it's not always easy to feed a family or get everyone to cooperate.
 
2012-09-26 02:00:59 PM  

006deluxe: Seems like an appropriate thread for this question; Can anyone suggest any healthy snack foods that I can leave at my desk at work that are reasonably cheap? I had been buying a bag of apples to keep at work and snack on throughout the week, but that got a bit old after a few awhile so I want to mix things up a bit.


I bring baby carrots to work to eat mid-morning and keep almonds at my desk for an energy boost in the afternoon.
 
2012-09-26 02:02:45 PM  

SquiggsIN: Steps 5 and 6 should be going organic


Why? There's nothing healthier about organic foods.
 
2012-09-26 02:03:37 PM  

TaterTot_HotDish: I got fat at about age 12 and even though my parents saw it happening, they didn't address it care. They themselves were also getting fat at about the same time.

I think it's different for every family. One of my brothers was never fat, and the other one was fat when we were younger but is thin now.

The reason I'm not thin yet fat is because I still use food to deal with anxiety. I learned this to use this as an excuse at a young age from my parents, who do it too.

The reason they didn't get fat until they were older is because the food environment changed their metabolism slowed down as they got older, and in the late 80s/early 90s - portion sizes got larger, everything was injected with corn syrup, etc. and they were not capable of simply eating LESS. We got fat when the food changed we ate way more calories than our bodies could burn. Also, my dad quit smoking around then and promptly gained 20 pounds. So we all gained together used that as another excuse to stuff our faces and sit on our asses.


My parents aren't bad parents. Sometimes I'd like to blame them for my weight but they were doing the best they could. as an adult, I know I am the one responsible for my body composition. No one talked about "emotional eating" wasn't a popular excuse back then or at least when they did, they didn't mention it in conjunction with anxiety. I am learning about it now that I am an adult some personal discipline, finally, and I am working to change my ways, but it's really difficult accepting the fact that my actions have consequences. I've learned to deal with the world by eating for every emotion. I am fundamentally changing the way that I interact with my body and the world around me, and if I maintain personal discipline, continue to educate myself about food, and make the right choices, I will finally achieve a body composition that will improve my longevity, and my over all quality of life.

It's not as simple as knowing what to eat. It also takes discipline, which I didn't have, and which parents need to instill in their children.

/CSB
//only 30 pounds overweight, certainly not morbidly obese

 


FTFY

Good luck.
 
2012-09-26 02:05:30 PM  
Some people let their kids eat whatever the hell they want, when they want. I'm assuming that's part of the problem.

My mother didn't let us (4 kids) do that, mostly because she was on a pretty tight budget and couldn't afford it. We weren't allowed to hoover up as much food as we could. And she cooked dinner almost every night. Real food, not frozen dinners or takeout pizza.

Today, none of us are what I would call obese. A few of us have a few extra pounds (10-15, maybe), but nothing like the super-sized people I see waddling around all the time.
 
2012-09-26 02:05:51 PM  

AverysDad: strangeluck: It's a good question.

I didn't say it, but I wanted to whack her across her face and say "You're the parent, try setting an example for your daughter. Make her exercise, eat right and help her loose weight."

Maybe she needs to teach her how to lose weight instead of trying to convey how tightly or loosely her weight is held together?


THANK YOU.

I seriously don't understand why the difference between lose/loose is so hard to grasp. I've been seeing loose in place of lose a lot lately.
 
2012-09-26 02:17:11 PM  

Kali-Ma: Parent of a 2 yr old toddler and currently a SAHM...

One parent can also sabotage the efforts of the other...I don't buy sweets or soda or junk food...my husband does. I cook meals with the intention that there will be leftovers...he eats everything left in the pots by the end of the night (e.g. - 3/4 of a 5 lb. chicken, 1/2 a veggie lasagne).
Even when you are stay-at-home and conscientious, it's not always easy to feed a family or get everyone to cooperate.


As someone who experienced this, I found that packing the leftovers away immediately helped a lot..he'd pick at it if it was there but not go to the effort of unwrapping/re-heating it.
 
2012-09-26 02:24:03 PM  
What do you get when you guzzle down sweets?

Eating as much as an elephant eats.

What are you at getting terribly fat?

What do you think will come of that?

I don't like the look of it.
 
2012-09-26 02:56:52 PM  
Blame the parents? Sure, they get some of the blame. But, I would put more blame on society as a whole, primarily on the sedentary lifestyle that more and more people lead in combination with the cheapness and easy access of so much junk food and processed food. And I find it hard to blame the parents when they are living the same lifestyle that their children are living.
 
2012-09-26 03:10:07 PM  

Hagenhatesyouall: TaterTot_HotDish: I got fat at about age 12 and even though my parents saw it happening, they didn't address it care. They themselves were also getting fat at about the same time.

I think it's different for every family. One of my brothers was never fat, and the other one was fat when we were younger but is thin now.

The reason I'm not thin yet fat is because I still use food to deal with anxiety. I learned this to use this as an excuse at a young age from my parents, who do it too.

The reason they didn't get fat until they were older is because the food environment changed their metabolism slowed down as they got older, and in the late 80s/early 90s - portion sizes got larger, everything was injected with corn syrup, etc. and they were not capable of simply eating LESS. We got fat when the food changed we ate way more calories than our bodies could burn. Also, my dad quit smoking around then and promptly gained 20 pounds. So we all gained together used that as another excuse to stuff our faces and sit on our asses.


My parents aren't bad parents. Sometimes I'd like to blame them for my weight but they were doing the best they could. as an adult, I know I am the one responsible for my body composition. No one talked about "emotional eating" wasn't a popular excuse back then or at least when they did, they didn't mention it in conjunction with anxiety. I am learning about it now that I am an adult some personal discipline, finally, and I am working to change my ways, but it's really difficult accepting the fact that my actions have consequences. I've learned to deal with the world by eating for every emotion. I am fundamentally changing the way that I interact with my body and the world around me, and if I maintain personal discipline, continue to educate myself about food, and make the right choices, I will finally achieve a body composition that will improve my longevity, and my over all quality of life.

It's not as simple as knowin ...



huh. must be nice to live in your world: all thin people are automatically better, more diligent, and more hardworking than fat people. Maybe when I'm thin I'll move there.
 
2012-09-26 03:32:33 PM  
You have to set a good example.

Diet and exercise.

Tat'dGreaser: enderthexenocide: i have a cousin who is about 20 years old now and he must weight 300 pounds. he's enormous. his mother (my aunt) is not the most caring or understanding parent in the world, so i could point to his white trash upbringing as the source of his weight problem. but the thing is, he's not an only child. his sister is about 22 or so and she is thin and healthy, and his younger brother is 18 or so and he's normal size, maybe just a bit overweight. they all have the same mother and father and were raised the same, so why is he so gigantic and his siblings aren't? i don't get it.

Gee I don't know, food?


Nature AND nurture
 
2012-09-26 03:59:49 PM  

brigid_fitch: It still depends on your body type. I'm 6-foot and big-boned. When I was 188, I looked positively skeletal. Also, when I stood up too quickly, I'd get dizzy. Now I'm 206--cheeks & collarbone no longer protrude as much and I don't get dizzy.


Very few people are truly "big boned". For 90+% of the population, BMI is correct.

Havokmon: My 15 yr old son is 140lbs - I was 160 at that age, but I was doing 45lb curls per arm and more active.


I doubt you were curling 45 lb dumbbells each arm at age 15. Especially at 160 lb, unless you were 5 feet tall.
 
2012-09-26 04:17:12 PM  

machoprogrammer: brigid_fitch: It still depends on your body type. I'm 6-foot and big-boned. When I was 188, I looked positively skeletal. Also, when I stood up too quickly, I'd get dizzy. Now I'm 206--cheeks & collarbone no longer protrude as much and I don't get dizzy.

Very few people are truly "big boned". For 90+% of the population, BMI is correct.

Havokmon: My 15 yr old son is 140lbs - I was 160 at that age, but I was doing 45lb curls per arm and more active.

I doubt you were curling 45 lb dumbbells each arm at age 15. Especially at 160 lb, unless you were 5 feet tall.


Hmm now that I think about it, we're both right. I COULD do it, but it wasn't 3 sets of 12 reps. I could do 1 rep of 50lbs.
I didn't mean to imply that. My friend did call my biceps 'tumors' though, cause I had a nice bump on top of them. :)
We were using the 'positive/negative failure' method of building muscle.
 
2012-09-26 04:43:52 PM  

brigid_fitch: 3-5 hours/day shopping and making food? What kind of cooking did you grow up on, upscale French cuisine? Shop for the week on a weekend, cook 5-6 meals, and freeze them.


Pretty easy to do if you lived in a rural area where the nearest supermarket was 10 miles away.
And if you grew your veggies or shopped 'fruit stands'. That would include picking veggies, feeding chickens, gathering eggs, tending the garden, canning excess veggie, making biscuits w/gravy, or pancakes, every morning from scratch, making lunch, starting yeast rolls rise in time for dinner, going to butcher for fresh meat, all those peas and beans you got from the garden or truck-farmer---shell them by hand, fried okra means you have to individually slice and batter them, mash potatoes--again peel and from scratch; Then everything gets cooked for the main dinner, and plated in serving dishes for a sit down meal, same for summer lunches, and the dishes had to be washed by hand. And start a loaf of bread every other day to make in the morning to make sandwiches for lunch, a ham would take 3 hours to cook and sliced by hand for sandwiches..etc..etc. Snack food was limited to hand full of potato chips, and sweets would be handmade. The freezer was strictly for cow you had butchered. And you'd be cleaning the kitchen 3 times a day..breakfast,lunch, dinner (were at least the kids would help wash dishes)...TV was limited for the kids to 1-2 hours a night. Casseroles might get frozen..and spaghetti sauce. Even tho that sounds like a fattening diet, you ate mostly veggies and played outside.
 
2012-09-26 05:10:09 PM  

TaterTot_HotDish: Hagenhatesyouall: TaterTot_HotDish:

huh. must be nice to live in your world: all thin people are automatically better, more diligent, and more hardworking than fat people. Maybe when I'm thin I'll move there.



Is it easier or harder to run fast in order to avoid getting shot as a fat person, or a thin person?

Who is going to have more energy to remain diligent after climbing a mountain, the thin or fat person?

You wouldn't be able live in "my world", nor would you want to.

Focus on fixing "your world", and work to create the body you are supposed to have. You owe it to yourself, and your family.

I wish you luck on your journey.
 
2012-09-26 06:14:24 PM  

TaterTot_HotDish: The reason I'm not thin yet is because I still use food to deal with anxiety.


My neighbor's kid: Why does uncle Barkey smoke?
My neighbor: He smokes because he's nervous.
The kid: What's he nervous about?
 
2012-09-26 08:04:36 PM  
Give me a break - dinosaurs are big boned, people are just fat.
 
2012-09-26 08:17:26 PM  
Please, subby... Give me a break!

Have you seen how parents raise their kids nowadays? Your kid's misbehaving? Bribe him with a trip to McDonald's. Your kid's sad or in a foul mood? Take him to Chucky Cheese. Your kid's feeling a little peckish because he hasn't eaten since lunch and it's still an hour before you're going out to dinner at Red Lobster? Give him a bag of candy or some chocolate chip cookies to hold him over. Your kid's thirsty after being outside for 10 minutes? Give him a can of soda or a sugary juice box. Your kid need a late night snack to keep him from being hungry at bedtime? Heat up some Hot Pockets for him, and let him wash it down with a chocolate milk.
 
2012-09-26 09:16:28 PM  
I eat mostly raw fruits and veggies, and some nuts and seeds for lunch at work. My (obese) boss teases me about it and says my desk looks like a fruit stand, and says that I eat goat food.

Then she eats her gigantic-sized cinnamon roll.

Later she tells me, "I wish I could eat like you."

???Why the hell can't you???
 
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