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Whose responsibility is it to educate our young people on healthy eating, physical activity, and positive self esteem?

Many statistics indicate that the overall North American adult population is not only overweight, but the number of people with Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and depression is consistently rising. Now, we see children as young as 12 suffering with the same conditions. The World Health Organization has called this situation an "overnourishment" epidemic. Parents do not have the practical information to teach their children about nutrition, teachers have a full curriculum and limited resources to contribute, food manufacturers are focused on making margins and are willing to go only so far, Community Dieticians have limited time and resources - whose responsibility is it to make educating children about comprehensive wellness a priority?

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    Oct 22 2011: If you look at numbers, you can always prove a point that society has hit rock bottom. But think...how different are times now, compared to the 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, etc.

    In 1977, my parents divorced when I was 4 yrs old. And that was during the beginning of the women's movement, where divorcing was seen as a sign of rebellion, and courts or religions barely favored the wife. So, a mother with barely an opportunity to work... Why am I healthy adult?

    My mom saw her position, got family to help out, and made the best of it. Fortunately, as a child with a working mom, I was allowed to be a child and test my limits. No one scheduled play dates, and no one threw numbers at our family indicating we were at rock bottom, and using that comparison with others to make it seem as if we deserved something for the choices my mother made.

    The sense of family she provided, the ability to test myself as a child, and her strength as a parent...That is why our whole family is doing fine. No one has a weight problem, and we are brutally honest with each other when problems arise.

    Btw...I have epilepsy. I am sure others do too. But my upbringing taught me how to deal with those things I cannot control, instead of feeling obligated to have someone fix it for me. Maybe I am still a JFK generation of "ask not what your country will do for you...", and healthcare is ridiculously overpriced, but maybe if we buried numbers and allowed for some mystery or tests in our lives, we would know how to deal with problems on our own.

    I dont use myself as an example only. We all have problems. The answers lie within ourselves and those who have taught us in our family how to deal with them.
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      Oct 22 2011: Thanks Steve, what I get out of your post is that your mom was a no nonsense person who kept her kids under control. Another word (despised?) for this great life style is discipline. We should raise and bring our kids up from day one, not when we notice they are getting too heavy, or using drugs.

      The best any kid can have while growing up is loving parents who discipline, because that discipline turns into self-discipline.

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