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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Aspiring to Rid the World of Food Shamers!

I stole this from Just Eat Real Food's Facebook page, but it sums up how I feel about life now...


I wish people would stop food shaming.

Last night, my daughter babysat these two, great kids. They come from a nice family, they're well-behaved and creative. But when they wanted a snack, and my daughter ran through the list of choices--two of which were some candy treats or ice cream (ok'd by the mother) the children refused saying, "They're not healthy choices."

Ok. But what about when you just want a piece of candy or a dish of ice cream? What I took from hearing about this conversation was that these children have already gotten the message: that it's not "right" or "good" to choose candy or ice cream. I mean, if they really wanted an apple or banana, great! More power to 'em. But if they wanted the candy or ice cream, that "should" be fine, too. But they're already reciting the mantra. They're drinking the Kool Aid, certainly with no sugar added.

And what if my daughter had wanted ice cream? Well, I know my daughter. She would've had the ice cream and enjoyed it whether the two kids deemed it a "healthy choice" or not. She's strong like that.

I know there may be people who may read this and give kudos to the kids for making "healthy choices" and I get it. Most kids in the U.S. today don't know about healthy choices. I guess because of where my head is at the moment, I see the food shaming side of this scenario more so than the healthy choice argument. It just kills me that these kids--ages 10 and 6--are already making comments like this.

We humans and our food issues. We start young, don't we?

2 comments:

  1. Food shaming occurs constantly, and these girls were probably subjected to it at some point. I think their phrasing of "healthy choices" is okay though. It has a positive spin to it. In college, I used to be "reverse food-shamed." A lanky female friend, who could probably have eaten a moose and not gained weight, used to ask me all the time to order pizza with her at night. I told her from the outset that I couldn't eat pizza at night, after already having a full meal, because I had just lost 20 pounds on Weight Watchers, and it wouldn't work for me to have that pizza at night. She would talk about me behind my back and say that I was no fun because I wouldn't eat the pizza with her. I never caved to her comments and if anything, she pushed me further away from ever ordering pizza with her. My point is that what we put in our mouths is a personal choice, and we shouldn't feel obligated to eat or refrain from eating based on what others say.

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  2. Yeah, that "friend" was trying to use you to make her feel better--as a type of enabler. Good for you for standing up for yourself and what was right for you! I agree with your last sentence. It's just really hard to practice at times, especially when people make these comments when you're in the middle of shoveling something into your mouth. ;o)

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