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The Taboo of Feeding Kids Junk Food

In the '70s and '80s, Spaghetti-Os, Twinkies, cheese in a can, and sugared cereals were tossed into many shopping carts due to convenience. But now, many of the mamas who grew up sipping soda are leading the no-juice campaign.

Women who might have licked cheddar powder off their Cheetos-stained fingers in their youth now choose more nutritious foods for their offspring. When the playground picnic table is piled high with a potluck of sandwiches on whole grain bread, fresh fruit, yogurt, and homemade baked goods, is there a stigma attached to the parent who ponies up a box of Krispy Kremes? A collective eye roll is what one doughnut-bearing mother I know received. I've since heard of moms sneaking their children sips of Sprite in restaurants and nibbles of candy bars behind closed doors to avoid being ostracized.

For the Hollywood celebmamas who don't hide their lil one's junk food indulgences from the paparazzi – think the Jolie-Pitt clan carrying chip bags in New Orleans and the rumor about the Spears-Federline boys drinking Coca-Cola in their bottles – headlines about poor eating accompanied the photos. Does a picture of a child eating from a shiny snack bag really mean that they've never downed a well-balanced meal, or has the movement toward healthy eating gotten a bit ridiculous? What's your opinion?


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Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
everything in moderation for sure. teach them to eat healthy but depriving them of the junk makes them want it more. i know that from experience. grew up with health nut hippie parents who substituted chocolate for carob and made us eat fish soup. to this day i would rather have a mcdonalds hamburger than a nice grilled fish filet!
HTCmom HTCmom 8 years
My niece & nephew (4 & 5) were the eldest of 5 & their parents didn't let them have any types of snacks or treats. Then one day we offered to let them stay the night with us & we asked if they wanted anything in particular, my nephew left the room where his mother was and picked up another phone, so she couldn't hear & asked for a laundry list of snacks, sodas, candies...I actually felt like a dealer. This little 5 yr old was whispering & pleading into the phone asking for potato chips & twizzlers. I felt so bad for him. It was really funny, but also shocking (apparently, he did this with everyone & often requested to go to spend the night over someone elses house for this specific reason). As a result my kiddos have sweets in moderation, and I try to make healthy snacks that seem like fun.
rgrl rgrl 8 years
I let my kids indulge quite often.
opisnowpro opisnowpro 8 years
it is about moderation, they need to eat veggies and healthy food every day, but kids are kids they have to eat candy and junk food once in a while!!!!
inbliss01 inbliss01 8 years
i think junk food like chips are good once in awhile. but now there are even better selections of chips out there that are healthier. back then we didn't know a lot about processed foods but now that we know a lot more it can kind of makes you guilty still eating things that aren't good for you. ex: why would you want to eat something that never expires? or that even after a few days it still looks exactly the same as the first day??
KimBurnett KimBurnett 8 years
Frank y Ava, lol. Lilsugar, my daughter loves her Shirley Temples as did I. It's all about moderation with kids anyway.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I totally misintreperted what you wrote lilsugar. It's obviously time for me to go to bed.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
or has the movement toward healthy eating gotten a bit ridiculous? wth, there is absolutely no reason why people should be ashamed for feeding their children healthy and organic food. who cares if a cheeto-mom gives you a eye roll. Obviously it won't kill the child to have a cupcake every once in a while but for the most part there is absolutely nothing wrong with freshly squeezed orange juice or organic wheat bread and peanut butter.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I get lots of dirty looks for letting my daughter have treats, and I dont care at all. We eat healthy and eat an abundance of vegetables, but we dont really drink juice very often. Not becuase its sweet, but becuase we have a genetic quirk that makes us dehydrate just a little bit faster then most people and the headaches are a bother. Now, that not withstanding, if we have a treat, she gets a treat. I think its absolutely ridiculous to ban all sweets or treats or non healthy snacks constantly. We dont purchase soda for our home, but when we go out to eat, we all have sodas, and wait for this.. refills! GASP! I think its wonderful that we are more health conscience becuase most of the foods we can easily purchases these days are more chemical then food, but its getting a little ridiculous. Plus, everyone is absolutely right, the kids banned from sweets like they're drugs just gorge on them when their parents cant stop them, school, friends houses, etc. All of their spending money gets devoted to junk and it becomes a stigma. I would rather let my daughter have a bit of a splurge occasionally and have her spend her pocket change on toys and art supplies and experiences then on a contraband bag of doritos.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
No joke my son will pick baby carrots or broccoli over junk food now my daughter is a different story, we give them sweet snacks but in moderation and very seldom we also do not force them to strictly eat vegetables although my son love his veggies.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
"Why does "living a little" constitute eating foods high in HFCS, preservatives and void of little nutrition?" Because it's tasty. When I was little and I had friends with super strict parents, the friends would always gorge on snack food and treats when their parents weren't around. Let kids have treats in moderation!
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
omg kids like candy?!?!?!?!? seriously, i don't think having a little treat now and then is going to turn the kids off to good nutrition for the rest of their lives.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Why does "living a little" constitute eating foods high in HFCS, preservatives and void of little nutrition?
Moms Moms 8 years
I feed my kids mostly organic and whole foods, but we also hit up our local candy store and ice cream parlor and they like to pick out snacks when we go grocery shopping. Or order a Shirley Temple when we eat out. What's the point of being a child, if you don't live a little?
luckyme luckyme 8 years
We subscribe to the "everything in moderation" school of thought. We tend to eat healthy on the whole, but our daughter is not banned from junk food, rather she gets little treats here and there. I have no problem with that, whatsoever, just like I see no issue with Pax up there having some Cheeto's. Big deal. I also tend to think that if you are overly strict and keep them from ever having any junk food, they're going to either sneak it behind your back, or go crazy when they are able to have it.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I think it has gotten ridiculous. A girl I work with is appalled that I would allow my daughter to have a juice box once a day, and snack on cookies once in awhile when I bake them.
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