Karyn Bryant: Scootering down the sidewalk the other day, my 3-year-old said, "I'm getting great exercise, Mommy!" She was so proud of herself because she already knows how important it is to be active and healthy. She was even more excited when she saw another little girl cruising the neighborhood, too. I was horrified. Why? Because that pudgy second-grader was riding a motorized scooter. WTH?
I was chunky growing up even though I played a lot of sports (because I love cheese and I swallowed rejection), so I know what that's like. It sucks. It would have sucked more though if my parents said, "That's cool. Be a fat ass. Here's a bike with a motor on it, which will pretty much guarantee you'll stay heavy and lazy through the important years when your body is developing." Guess what? I'm almost positive that I heard the motorized scooter's wail say just that as the plus-sized grammar-schooler blew past us.
I'm mad that something like this even exists, but since people are demanding it, toy makers are supplying. I'm not talking about older kids -- I get that tweeners and teens might enjoy the ride -- but why are people enabling their young children in such destructive behavior? This is just so tragic because it's completely avoidable. Please stop buying these things!
By the way, for you motor-scooter-buying parents of husky little ones: the last time I checked, candy bars, soda, and junk food were also avoidable.
|Karyn Bryant is a television personality who's hosted shows on networks such as CNN, TNT, VH1, and MTV. She's currently a reporter for Showtime Championship Boxing and CBS' Saturday Night Fights, and the EVP/Director of MMAheat.com, an online destination for fans of MMA and pop culture. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.|