Childhood obesity is one of the most serious global public health challenges of the 21st century, affecting every country in the world. And it needs to be addressed there is no question but unfortunately an app or food monitoring is not the solution. Rather it's another (in)convenient, quick fix that doesn't get to the deeper issues at play.
Kids don't need more reasons to be on their devices, especially as an 8 year old. There is much more to managing childrens' weight than monitoring the food they're eating.
Briefly, holding weight, for any of us, also relates to;
- how much movement / activity we are getting each day?
- having our emotional needs met?
- being happy in ourselves?
- how much stress we are working with in our lives?
- the toxicity we're 'holding' onto i.e. emotional or physical and more...
If these issues aren't addressed as well, then no matter what we eat, or what app we use, we won't release unnecessary weight.
We are emotional (feeling) beings.
Emotional wellbeing is equally if not more important than the food we eat, yet food has a pivotal role in creating the space that brings us together which helps in regulating emotional wellbeing.
Our children (and we) need, connection, engagement and stimulation of their senses. As their parents we are the primary creators of experiences to expose them to these experiences and the preparation of food is a simple, everyday act that is the perfect way to create this.
The power, connection and emotion that comes from preparing a simple meal together from beautiful raw ingredients and then what that creates when it's taken to the table, everyone gathers and sits down to enjoy it and eat it together. There is magic in the memories made, the pride taken, the love shown in those moments. It can not be understated. Just like a simple meal of crumbed lamb chops.
Let's reconnect with the joy and the memories that preparing and creating food creates. If we are preparing and creating food at our tables, we don't need apps or digital devices and kids will never have to worry about 'watching their weight' and have the time and 'head space' they NEED in todays world, for fulfilling their most basic, intrinsic needs for health and happiness.
The positive relationship with food our children need can only be fostered by us, their parents or their primary caregivers. There is nobody else and ultimately, I don't think any of us want it any other way.
What is your relationship with food and how is that affecting your childrens relationship with food? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
If you are lacking the energy, motivation or inspiration to create these magical foodie memories and moments in your home or the whole idea seems like a fantasy... I understand. I've been there too, and it can feel hard. I know when I'm feeling good, I'm happier and I'm more interested in cooking for my family and to be honest, engaged with my family. Sometimes we need a healthy kickstart...