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Naija Mentality on Food and its Effect on Kids

Naija Mentality on Food and its Effect on Kids

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A lot of people will really be pissed about this post, but it’s the truth. We love food and are constantly eating, in weddings, parties, burials, child birth, etc .. You can deny it or criticize me all you want, but I think its best we realize this then try changing it.  We always relate ‘food to enjoyment’ (If we are eating, then we are enjoying) which is very erroneous and sad. Some so-called high, and mighty in the society relate food to ENJOYMENT.
They have totally forgotten what balance diet is all about. It’s a diet that contains adequate amounts of all the necessarynutrients required for healthy growth and activity. Balance diet is not about consuming all that you can. Being ‘rich’ is not an avenue to abuse food or your body. You see many of our men with extreme pot bellies and are proud of it. It’s so serious that even kids are thinking the same way too. Some parents believe that taking their kids daily to fast food is the only way of having fun. They have forgotten that kids enjoy going to the park or playing games without thinking of food.
The issue is, these kids have also come to believe that going to fast foods restaurant is the only way of having fun called enjoyment.  These parents doesn’t understand the effects obesity has on kids.
Pick from the list
1) losing weight is hard
2) Kids face discrimination, bullying and are vulnerable.
3) Kids can be cruel and mean. This cruelty can have significant effects on the psyche of children struggling with obesity; they pick on these kids. overweight children tend to miss more school than children at a normal weight. They are likely to exhibit reduced performance in the classroom, withdraw socially or act out.
4) According to Cornell University obese children tend to display poorer social skills than their normal-weight peers. The social stigmatization of obese children leads to self-esteem problems, which leads to more social stigmatization. When a child constantly feels isolated, alienated and helpless, her resulting actions in a social context might be hindered. The cycle then continues, as poor social skills often lead to more bullying.

These kids’ resolve to having food as their comfort. They eat when they are angry and lonely, etc. This can be referred to as emotional eating, it’s the practice of consuming large quantities of food — usually “comfort” or junk foods — in response to feelings instead of hunger. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions. Many of us learn that food can bring comfort, at least in the short-term.

The mentality that going out to eat and drink means real enjoyment is anachronistic and in need of change. My naija people, you don’t have to eat every food in a party or finish every serving of meal given to you – it’s important you eat in moderation. Young people die daily from deaths associated with what they eat – and not witches from the village yet we don’t learn from it. We can improve our lives by regularly exercising.  We should make the most out of it.  Please let’s help ourselves and our future generations, if it’s tough for you to lose weight imagine how hard it will be for a kid. We should eat to fuel the body not because we see food or can afford it.

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