I am constantly telling my kids: “It’s your choice to control your actions- no one else can do it for you.” If your friends ate an entire bridge, would you eat it, too?
Wait… well, whatever.
I have shared a tiny bit about obesity in America in reference to prevention via breastfeeding, because our formative food experiences shape our preferences right from the start. While working on some posts for next week, I came across this infographic on serving size in America, which highlights more of the cause for America’s obesity epidemic.
It is within all of our reach to control ourselves when it comes to making choices- what we eat and how much are choices, just the same as jumping off a bridge to follow a friend would be. Think for yourself! You don’t need to eat until you feel “full” or feed your baby 8 ounces of formula because she or he “can finish it”. Bottle fed babies- even if fed pumped breastmilk- show less appetite “self-regulation” later in infancy, due to lack of portion control from the get-go.
It’s all related!
Check out this nifty infographic an see how America –literally– tips the scales when it comes to food.
Your stomach is approximately the size of your fist. It expands when full to the size of your extended fingers. If what you’re eating won’t fit in one hand, it’s probably too much!
If you want more information, check out:
John Robbins’ website here, watch the (full, free) documentary below and of course, do your own research!
I’ve been reading about making diet changes lately: I’ve been stuck in my grief process after losing my father to Melanoma in 2010 and I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired; it’s time for a change! So far, I’m reading up on eating Paleo, childhood obesity and simplifying life in general.
Have you stumbled across any recent health discoveries or made any conscious dietary changes for you and your family? I want to know! Tell me in the comments or join the conversation everyday on Facebook.
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