Health 2006

Monday, June 19, 2006

Thoughts about children obesity and home made food

Friday evening I saw an interesting scene: young mother was trying to feed her 19 month old baby girl with Big Mac and little cute girl was screaming: “No, no, it is not good.” Obviously, she did not like the taste. This made me think, why a lot of people in the US don’t cook for their children. Some of you might say: “we do not have time, money, knowledge and we are not used to. “ But in fact, it is cheaper and healthier to cook at home rather than eating out. Of course, cooking at home requires some time and knowledge, and even if you do not know how to cook and you are determined to learn, you will succeed sooner or later. Also, cooking is a cultural thing: when you are a child and see your parents cooking it is a greater chance that when you grow up you will cook for your family.


  • At 12:04 PM, Blogger IskraTrencevska said…

    I also support home made food, but at times it can be as bad or even worse then restorant food, depending on how it is prepared. In my opinion parents need to learn wich food is bad for their children, and after they learn this they might make healthier choices even when they have to eat in a fast food restorant.

  • At 3:17 PM, Blogger Kate Gase said…

    I would argue that it is NOT cheaper to cook at home. This is in comparison to stopping by McDonald's and grabbing a Happy Meal for the 2 little ones and a Value Meal for each of the parents.

    Balanced Meal at Home for 4:
    Chicken $8
    Couscous $2
    Asparagus & Yellow Zucchini $6
    Strawberries $5
    Sugar-free Apple Juice $3
    Total $24

    McDonald's Meal for 4:
    2 Happy Meals $6
    2 Value Meals $10
    Total $16

    Factor in time to prepare the meals and it is easy to see why many families are not able to have meals at home. Also, going to the grocery store takes time and effort. For parents who are working 2 jobs in order to pay rent and keep the heat on, McDonalds is a viable option. Fast food vs. no food is an easy choice. Parents also may not have the available funds to go to the grocery store and spend $100 at one time at the store.

    Food for thought . . .

  • At 3:28 PM, Blogger Tucopup said…

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  • At 3:32 PM, Blogger Tucopup said…

    I don't like Big Mac either. Go for the #2 or #4.

    Investment is more at home; don't forget salt-n-peppa, ketchup, beef tallow, and other assorted condiments req'd for cooking.

    Couscous? Who's feeding their kids couscous?

    Bottle of soda $0.99 (many servings)
    Loaf of bread $2.00
    Tater Tots $2.00
    Fatty beef $4

    That's $8.99, throw in some Benedryl and those buggers will sleep the night away with full tummies (C'mon, I'm kidding)



  • At 3:37 PM, Blogger steffie said…

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  • At 3:39 PM, Blogger steffie said…

    There is a group in NYC called B-Healthy that is working on this issue. It works to increase information about nutrition, health, cooking, and economic and social justice issues for low-income youth, teenagers, and communities. They do tremendous work!!

  • At 7:37 PM, Blogger Liudmila said…

    I do not know where you shop for such prices, but I get my groceries for a different price:
    chicken breasts 2.99/lb
    Rice 6$/10lb
    strawberries 1$/2lb
    Natural Orange juice 1.99$
    Tomatoes 99c/lb
    Some people do not know how to save money and get healthy food.

  • At 8:16 PM, Blogger Tucopup said…

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  • At 5:53 AM, Blogger Kate Gase said…

    My prices were estimates. My real point is that there needs to be access to places that would have the food required. As a society we make it MUCH easier to walk into a fast food restaurant and grab dinner--I don't think this is an individual problem.


  • At 6:33 AM, Blogger Liudmila said…

    Not everything that sounds easier is the right thing to do. I agree with you that there is a need for specific places with healthy and unexpensive food for low income families.

  • At 2:59 PM, Blogger steffie said…

    There is another group, the Sustainable South Bronx that is working some of these issues - access to better food in the South Bronx in particular

  • At 3:45 PM, Blogger rayhana said…

    you'd be surprised at how hard it can actually be to buy healthy food. not saying that this is an keep you and your kids healthy do what you need to do. but i remember reading an article last semester where a study was done and the author had a group of women from a low-income neighborhood compare prices at their local supermarket and one in a slightly more upscale neighborhood. the prices at the supermarket in the higher-income neighborhood were cheaper than at the one in the low-income neighborhood. and that is a shame. it's amazing how hard "they" (not sure who, but someone) make it for low-income folks to eat healthy...

  • At 7:59 PM, Blogger Liudmila said…

    providing low-income families with affordable healthy food choices is a real issue today. I do not know why it is so hard to get good quality food for reasonable prices in poor boroughs. But I noticed this too.


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