A new report suggests that more and more children are resorting to weight loss surgery.
As quoted below:
For decades, the number of kids trying weight-loss surgery has been tiny. The operations themselves were risky, with a death rate of about 1 in 50. Children rarely got that fat, and when they did, pediatricians hesitated to put the developing bodies under the knife. Only 350 U.S. kids had such an operation in 2004, according to federal statistics.
But improvements in surgical technique and huge increases in the number of dangerously obese children have begun fueling a change of heart.
So, now that more and more kids are obese, our solution as a society is to put these children under the knife? Opting for surgery is just as bad as opting for the magic pill. Neither “solution” (and I use this term VERY lightly) will solve the real problem. Surgery and pills simply mask the symptoms, with no concern over the true cause of the problem.
Why are more and more children dangerously obese? Is it something in the water? Are these children gaining weight in their sleep?
Do Food Genies force these kids to consume unhealthy meals in excess?
Isn’t it about time that we put some pressure on PARENTS to begin leading from the front! I’m puzzled that a parent is willing to put his or her child under the knife, but can’t find it in them to say NO when their child asks for junk food? They will risk the dangers of surgery, but can’t assume the role of a PARENT, which is to TEACH their children how to live and function in this world.
What is wrong with our world today?
Being a parent is a privilege! When you bring someone into this world, it is YOUR responsibility to take care of the child. Letting your child eat his or her way to surgery is NOT going to win you a Parent of the Year award.
I am still shocked at the crap that so many parents fill their grocery carts with when shopping at the local supermarket. No one is forcing you to buy junk food for your children. No one forces you or your children to eat crap.
We need to take responsibility for our actions, as well as the actions of our young children. Stop looking to place the blame elsewhere. It is so much easier to look in the mirror!