I’m watching an episode of Honey, We’re killing the Kids. The particular episode I flipped to features a family called the Busbys (I think). The family is obese. The mother is very, very obese and the dad’s very obese. The kids are, surprise, overweight–I think one is fifty (!!) lb overweight. They didn’t get that way genetically, either. The kids eat like crap because their parents eat like crap. The kids eat 1000 calories more per day than what they should. One thousand more per day!
The way this show works is they digitally age the kids to 40, basing the outcome on their current lifestyle. The kids, of course, are going to look bad. At 40, they’re obese and look just terrible.
What cheeses me off was the fact that the parents had the audacity to look surprised! At one point the mother actually said she just always hoped he’d (one of her sons) just lose the weight some kind of way. Honesty, this woman just cannot be that stupid! With all the information that’s available re the consequences of being very overweight, how does one just hope they will just lose the weight ‘some kind of way’?
I guess I should cut this woman some slack; she did, after all, contact the show to ask for help. I just fail to understand how someone could neglect their children so badly. Their diet was beyond terrible. They watch 6+ hours of TV per day and get little to no exercise. The kids are allowed to go to bed whenever they like (they’re seven and nine–ages at which children should still have bedtimes, in my opinion). It’s bad enough when parents allow their children to live such a lifestyle when their are no outward signs of the neglect, in other words, the kids aren’t overweight. But when you’re children are obese, how can you let it go on for so long? Surely their pediatricians expressed concerns, right? I highly doubt it was an issue of money, either. It seems they ordered pizzas and such nearly every night. Either one of the parents could have went to—and could have afforded to–Barnes & Noble, for example, and picked up a book about nutrition or healthy living.
I just started watching the episode. I had to pause it to submit this thread. I hope they can stick to the plan that Lisa (she’s the woman on the show who helps the families change their lifestyles—I think she’s a doctor) lays out for them. I wish the family luck, but still don’t quite understand how they let it get to that point.