My new favorite show – MTV’s “I Used to be Fat” – for obvious reasons.
I just watched the “Gabriella” episode. High school senior, 253lbs @ 5’7″, and tired of being fat. Her trainer pushed her non-stop for 111 days. At the end of the episode, she was a completely different person @ 163lbs. Her Mother had a hard time during her transformation, and some ugly things came out during – you should really just watch the episode, I won’t ruin it completely for you.
It makes me feel good to see shows like this – real people struggling with real issues and overcoming them. I can totally relate to these kids (30 years of teasing & being called “fat ass” by randoms, friends, & loved ones). I really can’t even explain how proud I am of her.
(read: I got something in my eye that made it water – no, seriously)
Children > Parents
It’s no secret that America is the fattest nation in the world, however, that can be changed. It’s not going to be easy, but it starts with children. Children pick up habits from their parents, but trying to change a parent to effect change in their child(en) is far harder then changing a child to effect change in their parent(s).
This is a touchy subject. You can’t just walk up to a kid and tell them, “Hey kid, you’re kinda chubby, let’s get you on the treadmill.”, nor can you go up to a parent of that same child and make a similar comment. No matter how light-hearted or politically correct you make your comment, it’ll go over about as well as a turd in a punchbowl.
Children have power in numbers, and in my opinion, children respond the best to some kind of “game” when you want them to do anything.
What if there was a game/challenge setup at schools, and as the kids passed certain levels of learning about nutrition or fitness, they were rewarded in some way significant to them? Don’t you remember selling those damn chocolate bars in elementary school so you could win a “insert something rad”? Get something like that in to a cycle and we might be able to create a good habit for a significant amount of kids with exponential growth possibilities until near eradication.
Problem solved? Thoughts?