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Peter Abbott



Former President Bill Clinton was "spot on" when he called Child Obesity the "Single greatest tragedy facing our society today". And the world is just waking up to the damage we're doing to our kids long term.
I'm not talking about the poor kids who have medical conditions that influence their weight - I'm referring to the average kids who have had no guidance or parental input to help them keep the weight off. I see it every day. It makes me feel angry. It makes me feel sad...
Just think of the mental and physical trauma we put our kids through if we let them pile on the weight...buying clothes that look like tents...ridicule at school...avoiding the cinema because they cannot fit into the seat...making excuses to get out of any form of exercise...watching their friends playing ball in the park...and so much more
It's agony for most obese kids....and Who's to blame? Is it because the child is "chubby"? Boloney! Is he "big boned"? Nonsense! He's obese, fat, overweight - pure and simple Mr and Mrs Parent - generally because YOU set the example by sitting on the couch munching nachos and watching TV every night, whilst your kids eat what they like, when they like, whilst they play TV games in their bedroom. It's because YOU fill the fridge and the cupboards with junk - because you're lazy. And it's because YOU can't be bothered to play ball in the park with the kids or go for a walk or jog.
YOU cannot see the true damage you're doing by opting out of this issue. And before you write and tell me that I'm a total "no nothing, arrogant shit" (email from last week) and that you're a caring, wonderful, loving parent (which you may well be!) I'm giving you the picture that I see - every day. So, if your kids are overweight, then go and look in the mirror.
This is a wake up call - I make no apology for being blunt. Go do something about it.