Originally Posted by 2xy
And of course, like the other poster mentioned....high calorie, "filler" foods are cheaper than better choices. Some people just don't have the money to feed their families whole grains and fresh fruit.
I disagree. Dry whole grains (barley, oats) and beans are among the cheapest things in the grocery store! And fresh fruits and veggies, in season, are easily in the budget too.
I was on WIC for a time, and also food stamps, and had no problem at all feeding my family nutritiously - in fact, I would spend only 1/2 the food stamp allotment. And no, I don't have a college degree in nutrition - you don't need one and I got pretty annoyed by the well-meaners who assumed "poor" meant "too stupid to feed her family properly." The only people, rich or poor, who are having a hard time feeding their families nutritious meals are those who feel entitled to eat McDonald's. And they deserve the hypertension/obesity they get.
As for the kids, I wouldn't write off fat kids as having a life sentence to poor health and obesity. I come from bad genes, especially on one side (EVERYONE is >150# overweight) and my parents were the original couch potatoes. But I learned good nutrition (basic 4-food-groups commercials during Saturday cartoons!) and started long-distance running by myself in elementary school. Thirty years later, I'm still fit, and my sib and parents are still obese and in poor health. We all make our choices on how to live; I think we should give kids more credit for having the power to reassess and make their own decisions about health, LONG before they are adults.
So yeah, shame on the parents feeding their kids crap and not exercising, but kids can make their own healthy decisions pretty quickly in their lives. IMHO.