Some experts are quick to point out that it is not only parents who may contribute to children’s food anxieties. They cite nutritional programs in schools that may go overboard. “I see younger kids who have an eating disorder precipitated by a nutrition lesson in school,” said Dr. Leslie Sanders, medical director of the eating disorders program at Atlantic Health Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey.
Over the last five years, Sanders said, she has seen a rise in the number of children who are fixated on the way they eat: “Some educators categorize food into ‘good’ and ‘bad.’ The kids come home and say ‘Don’t eat French fries’ instead of talking about moderation.”
The problem, according to some nutritional experts, is that many teachers don’t understand nutrition well. “We’re driving our kids absolutely crazy,” said Katie Wilson, president of the School Nutrition Association. “All the stuff about preservatives and pesticides. All an 8-year-old kid should know is that he or she should eat a variety of colors, and don’t supersize anything but your water jug.”
The parents aren’t blameless though, and not just because they name their kid Greye.
Posted by Karol at 11:36 PM
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You should never name your kid Greye unless you live in a country where pub denizens greet each other with a hearty “What are you looking at?”
Yes, it’ll be schools, and not the huge number of magazines obsessing over a celebrity getting 3 pounds heavier/lighter or a pimple. And the media outlets which hold dumb, stick thin girls like Nicole and Paris up as role models.
It’s not that these kids aren’t eating, exactly, Bryan. It’s that they become obsessed with organic, pesiticide-free, sodium-free and all the other labels their parents insist must be on their foods. So then, all food starts to become gross and an eating disorder develops. So, sure, media outlets and their “Jessica Simpson is FAT” when she weighs like 110 pounds soaking wet articles are to blame for some disorders but this is a whole different field of them.
Teachers are stupid? I’m shocked sir, shocked!
I can easily believe that [some] teachers are stupid, but I’m sure kids are not.
I’m saying it as a parent. It was a common knowledge among my son’s circle of friends, that “nutrition” class is as helpful and as scientific as “home economics” or “black studies”. They learned to keep quiet, while there, and engage in other, more productive, activities.
Nutrition “teacher” was to be avoided almost as much as school psychologist and/or social worker.
This is especially bad because the teachers are giving the kids wrong nutritional advice. They are told to eat a low fat, low protein, high carb diet.
That diet is guaranteed to make you fat and in your later years diabetic. Our government and the nutrition establishment are directly responsible for our epidemic of obesity and diabetes in the US.
Yes Jake. A child needs protein and some fat in order to grow. This is very basic stuff. I thought the idea of moderation was the key.
On a similar note, did anyone read about the recent experimentation about curing nut allergies (my neice has this and it’s a nightmare)? How? they introduced nuts very very very slowly into their diets (I believe 1/12th of a nut at first). One little boy can now stand 12 nuts a day (sounds a little, but it means he can go to a chinese restaurant and eat). Early days, but hopefully a cure to this will also make people healthier.