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Waiting outside Subway for my kids to get their free cookie I noticed a couple of obese kids also walking out of there with their free cookies.  It got me thinking about childhood obesity and what the hell are we doing about it in our society.  Are we all turning a blind eye because it’s not our kid therefore it’s not our problem? Is one cookie irrelevant? Does anyone care?



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We all worry about our own weight, ok I’m obsessive about it but do you ever stop to think of others?  I am referring especially to children as in childhood obesity?

When I pick my kids up from school on a Monday, the local Subway gives away free cookies to all the students at their school. My kids think it’s a great idea and line up with all the other 100’s of kids to get their free cookie after school.

I saw one or two kids that I would consider overweight and it got me thinking about what Subway was doing and was that something I should be concerned with. Ok, ok yes maybe it really is none of my business because none of the overweight kids I saw are my concern. I’m not one to let that minor detail get in the way of having an opinion though.  


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Did you know experts classify 1 in 4 kids in Australia aged 2 – 17  as overweight or obese? Childhood obesity is a big problem in Australia.  As children, generally don’t go and buy their own groceries it really does fall back to the adults.  That may be the parents, other family members, teacher, friends and may be even Subway owners. You can read more about childhood obesity here.

I decided, in the scheme of things, it was ok for my kids.

None of my kids are overweight/obese and that’s not my opinion it’s based on medical facts (height and weight charts).  In fact one or two I believe a little too skinny.  Childhood obesity is not an issue in my family.

One Subway cookie a week, is not going to be responsible for making any kid overweight but it might be one of those things where they all just add up.

Subway generally have a healthy type of food, compared to other fast food franchises but still it just comes down to portions.  If I had an overweight kid though I would be more inclined to somehow put a stop to this free cookie every Monday simply because it maybe sabotaging efforts to lose weight and not it being a problem in itself.

I may be having m & ms (surprise surprise) but I know my kids are coming home to apples. There are no biscuits, chips or lollies available for them at home.  As they get older of course they have access to the shops and are able to buy junk but I know that stuff is not the average stuff they consume at home every day.





Childhood obesity doesn’t concern me with my own children but it does concern me for other kids I see and their future health.

I see it as a form of abuse almost that is unfortunately disguised in all sorts of other issues. Any malnourished child would be taken away from parents for neglectful abuse but contributing to your child’s obesity is not viewed that way.  It is far more complicated, I agree, but the damaging effects can be so long-lasting we shouldn’t just accept it.

I’ve been overweight and obese and have never ok’d that in my kids.  Good nutrition has been shoved down their throats from day 1 because that is what you should do as a good parent.

 I still make my 17-year-old eat her broccoli!!  Yes being a good role model/example is good for kids too but they’re kids.  I drink alcohol, I drive a car, I eat junk, I stay up till all hours, I’m an adult so I’ll do what I damn well please.

 The rules are different for my kids and I make no apologies for that.  Like it or not, adults are responsible for what children eat.  I was always going to do the best to my knowledge and ability when I was the one in control of other human beings!

Just because I can polish off a packet of m&ms (and often do) doesn’t mean I’m ever going to let my kids do the same (if I can help it)!







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  1. This really got me thinking. Both my kids are skinny, but yes, sometimes I do feed them crap! I guess I rationalize that it’s okay because they are thin… but it’s not okay. I need to be more diligent for sure.

    1. It’s easy to do definitely. That’s my skinny boy in the pic of my post!

  2. That was a really interesting read Dee. I don’t have children but I am quite shocked by the free cookie thing at Subway – I’m in the UK and I don’t think they do that here. And I think there’d be a bit of an outcry if they did.

    Definitely I think parents have a responsibility to teach their kids the right way to eat but I worry that some parents don’t have the knowledge themselves to do that well or have been brought up not to realise how important it is.

    Hopefully now it’s in the media so much more people will start to come round to the importance of helping children look after their health.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking read!

    1. It is interesting how we all have different interpretations of things isn’t it? Thanks for your input xx

  3. As the mom of teen girls, this is a tricky situation. I don’t want my kids to label certain foods as “good” or “bad”, as I don’t want them to feel badly about themselves for eating a cookie or that they’re good because they’ve eaten a salad…in my mind, this contributes to crazy diet thinking and eating disorders.

    I do want my girls to understand that eating different foods has different consequences, and food has the power to make you feel good or not so good.

    1. It is tricky, but I tend to remind my kids that if food has artificial, colours and flavours that they are not good for you. Thats a good point you’re raising that foods have certain consequences and can make you feel a certain way It is always better for your health to eat natural and non processed. That doesn’t always work! That’s my boy in the pic who lined up for his cookie!

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