The childhood obesity PSA posted below has me so upset that I just had to share some of my thoughts with everyone.
Just like many other ads, the sensational tone shames both parents and kids. It says nothing of the fact that health comes in different shapes and sizes. It makes it seem as if a parent makes one mistake feeding their child at early age, they've doomed their child to an early death. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's this black and white thinking that leads us to think of foods as "good" or "bad" and lead to a life of dieting and binging.
As parents we need to learn how to help our children feel comfortable with all different kinds of foods. We need to learn how to nurture our child's self confidence with food and their body. Shame should have no place in your home. The last thing we need is create environment that leads our children to hate their bodies, seek diets and promote unhealthy relationships with food.
This is the kind of ad that is a perfect example of what we need to change. We need to change how we think about weight, health and food. We need to learn to accept our bodies, tune in to hunger and fullness and we need to be comfortable enough to make peace with food. We need more compassion and less shame.