Thursday, February 26, 2009

Isn't this why they brought us blue M&Ms?

The New York Times has an article about parents making kids afraid of Oreos, but one nutritionist offers sensible advice:

All an 8-year-old kid should know is that he or she should eat a variety of colors, and don’t supersize anything but your water jug.


rebecca said...

Roger, I must disagree about the sensibility of that bit of advice. The color aspect is okay, but as to amount, kids should be eating until they're satisfied and not looking to exterior cues about amount. "Don't supersize" points them to cues beyond their own body, which is the beginning of a calorie counting mentality. Different kids have different amounts of food that is "just right," and it will vary day to day, meal to meal, etc.

That article sounds awfully orthorexic to me.

Roger Sutton said...

But does anyone actually need a Big Gulp?

Anonymous said...


You're psychic, aren't you? You know how completely P.O.'d I was by this article and you've given me a place to vent!

Anorexia, Bulimia, and now Orthorexia. They aren't complex and devastating mental illness with causes as widespread as the roots on a tree. NO! They are all YOUR MOTHER'S fault. She wouldn't let you eat the fucking oreos and NOW LOOK AT YOU.

In spite of sound bite given to a few voices of reason, the whole article is pitched with a slant like the Titanic going down to the idea that people starve themselves to death because their mothers fucked them up.

It makes me completely bent (obviously). I'll understand if this doesn't appear on your blog.


thommy said...

Isn't this just the perennial battle between the black/white vs. the gray, in another context? For me, the salient point in the article is that kids need to learn to moderate for themselves. Yet there are so many of us who become seduced by the promise of the fundamental right answer, and lose sight of the deeper values of the right to choose and the ability to choose well. We think that protecting kids from the evils of high fructose corn syrup (or witchcraft or sex education) will save them, when in actuality all it does is teach them that their well-being is someone else's responsibility.

Wendy said...

I agree, Roger--I don't think it's ever too early for kids to be getting the concept of "moderation in all things". No, no one needs a big gulp. And I think the article comes off as being extremely anxious about... extreme anxiety, which is pretty funny.

Anonymous said...

In a less impassioned tone. No one really needs a Big Gulp, but by the same token, your kid isn't going to die Tuesday solely because you let him have a Big Gulp today.

All kinds of people tell their kids "We don't eat that," whatever "that" is, without being Mommy Dearest.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and Eating Disorders can strike any family.

And Wendy, thank you for the help in seeing the humor in that. Anxious about anxiety indeed.


emay said...

"Moderation" always sounds like a good idea. But it's set by the surrounding context. If you live in Nazi Germany, should you be a moderate? Or should you be an extreme fringe radical who rescues Jews?

The food industry is putting some amazingly frightening things into our food, and the FDA is not protecting us. When "ordinary" food is full of dangerous, persistent toxins, what should a "moderate" eat?

Anonymous said...

I'm glad we were able to go from M&Ms to the Holocaust in only 7 posts. Not a record, probably, but still impressive!

Anonymous said...

Dude! Anon 12:06 FTW!

Heather said...

My 8 year old just had her birthday party, and she had blue gatorade, red M&Ms, green skittles, brown chocolate cake, yellow icing, and white ice cream. Nice rainbow of flavors, that. Sheesh. We live in a world where spinach can kill you (remember that crazy outbreak?!) so I figure the best thing we can teach our kids is to love life and trust that they'll be fine. The things I worry about never come true, and the things I don't even think about wallop me good...c'est la vie.