As a culture we're kind of crazy about Halloween. We glorify candy and the excitement of the Halloween haul in the weeks leading up the event and then, the second it's over, we vilify the bounty. The problem with Halloween isn't the candy. The problem is the lessons kids learn about candy, power, guilt and more. It doesn't have to be this way.
The message that unhealthy-tastes-better-than-healthy is a message that comes through loud and clear. And kids get it from the get-go. Parents, you’re not to blame. It’s our crazy culture. Even if you did everything right, your kids would still get the “talk healthy,” but dig-down-dirty message. It is the cultural equivalent of "Do what I say, not what I do."
Attacking the obesity problem by teaching docs to cook. Hmm. Are there really families who have missed the message about cooking? And if people know they ought to cook but don’t know how, what could a physician say that would really change anything? Are doctors going to start conducting knife-skills tutorials between vaccinations?There's a better solution.
Many parents complain when grandparents spoil their grandchildren, especially when it comes to food. But food has the power to create connections, to build bonds, to make magical memories.(It might even get the grandchildren to look up from their devices!)