What’s Eating Our Kids? Fears About ‘Bad’ Foods

What’s Eating Our Kids? Fears About ‘Bad’ Foods

Carrie McBride
Mar 5, 2009

When we were little the only stress we had around food was whether our sisters would beat us to the slice with the most pepperoni. Today, increased awareness of health, diet and "good" and "bad" foods is being drilled into kids by the media, school nutrition programs and, their parents. A fascinating and frightening article in the Times looked at the consequences of this especially for kids whose parents are obsessed with eating "right" and pass this fixation down the family chain.

Here are two excerpts we found compelling:

"We're seeing a lot of anxiety in these kids," said Cynthia Bulik, the director of the eating disorders program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "They go to birthday parties, and if it's not a granola cake they feel like they can't eat it. The culture has led both them and their parents to take the public health messages to an extreme."

"We're driving our kids absolutely crazy," said Katie Wilson, president of the School Nutrition Association. "All the stuff about preservatives and pesticides. 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."

Find the full article by Abby Ellin at the New York Times and also check out the Times' Motherlode blogger Lisa Belkin's take on it.

(Image by Margaret Riegel for The New York Times)

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