"Three kids' meals, one with milk, one with Sprite, and one with a vanilla milkshake and a medium coffee with cream and sugar."
Michelle Kemper Brownlow: A 3:30 school pickup is our norm on Tuesdays. We drive 25 minutes to gymnastics at 4:00, and in an hour, head back to where we started for hip-hop at 5:30. That leaves us roughly 10 minutes to squeeze in dinner before my youngest has to be at soccer. It's a no-brainer, right? FAST FOOD!
According to most health officials, we should not be eating fast food more than once a month! Yes, ONCE a month! In 2004, Morgan Spurlock introduced startling facts about fast food in his documentary, aptly named "Super Size Me."
Four facts I learned from Spurlock ring in my head each time I say the words, "kid's meal":
• French fries are the most eaten vegetable in America
• Only seven items on McDonald's entire menu contain no sugar
• Surgeon General David Satcher: "Fast food is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic."
And the one that should make all of us think twice next time we pull into the drive-through lane:
• The combination of sugar, fat, and salt in the brains of lab rats reacts the same as it does to heroin or morphine. And we wonder why our kids beg and plead for fries and a soda. They are addicted, and we are their pushers.
Of course, I am in NO WAY suggesting that no one ever eat another cheeseburger or fry, but shouldn't we, as our kids' advocates, be teaching them the practice of moderation?
It takes more time to pack a sandwich, an apple, and a juice box (100% juice) every Tuesday, but I'm doing it for the health of my kids. Won't you?
|Michelle Kemper Brownlow is a freelance parenting writer, artist and popular mommy blogger who holds nothing back at My Semblance of Sanity. Michelle's unique but gentle parenting insight paired with her quirky sense of humor works to her benefit as she writes and illustrates children's picture books.|