Can Kids Make Parents Fat?

This has to be one of the best headlines I have come across in a long, long time. From the website, witness Do Kids Make You Fat?”
How can any parent or even non-parent not check out the story after seeing that headline? I wish I knew the editor so I could personally thank him or her for making my day.

Anyway, the story (and the one it is based on from USA Today – Study: Living with Kids Boosts Adults’ Fat Intake (sorry, that headline is not as enticing as Salon’s) makes the point that adults change their eating habits when they have children in the household in order to give kids foods they will actually eat.

The researchers may have found this to be true as a generalization, but I think it is really an excuse to say that parents have to feed kids foods they want. Parents should be feeding kids foods that are good for them, whether the kids want them or not. Something as important as proper nutrition should not be left up to the whims of kids who get their ideas of food desirability from what is hawked on commercials in between segments of Saturday morning cartoons!

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