Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Childhood Nutrition Series: Complete Index

Wow. It's done. And I will be happy to get back to some recipes I have been working on! If you are looking for the article series, here is the index the complete set of posts:

  1. Children’s Nutrition Series (Intro)

  2. The State of Our Union’s Children
    A detailed overview of what trends are occurring in our children's diets, and the factors that contribute to the issues

  3. Our Children Are What They Eat
    A look at what our children are eating and the nutritional issues parents face.

  4. Why Kids Eat What They Do (or Don’t) Part I: Parents' Role
    A look at all the sources of dietary influence on our children's food choices. Part I includes the parents' role in influencing our children's diets.

  5. Why Kids Eat What They Do (or Don’t) Part II: Outside Influences
    A look at all the other sources of dietary influence on our children's food choices. This includes schools, social activity, marketing, food supply, culture. The post will examine each of the outside influences and how it affects our kids.

  6. Food Marketing and Your Child Part I: The Small Screen with Big Impact
    This topic belongs under the sources post, but it has become such a huge issue that it needs to be reviewed in depth. An estimated $12 billion is spent anually to market foods to children and youth. Often these marketing messages are targeted to pre-schoolers who are too young to be able to differentiate commercial messages from educational messages. Part I covers television advertising.

  7. Food Marketing and Your Child Part II: When the TV is Off, the Marketing is Still On
    Part II covers all the other forms of advertising, including marketing in our schools.

  8. We Shall Overcome: Recommendations for Parents
    A set of ten actionable steps we can take as parents to encourage a better diet and lifestyle for our children and minimize the impact of food marketing to our kids.

  9. Links and Resources
    Want to learn more on this topic? These links and resources are a great place to start.


Lynn from said...

My goodness! All this work to compile your series could no one have left a comment? I am looking forward to devouring all this info (pardon the pun) and including a link to this resource-rich series of articles when I write my next piece on getting healthier foods in the schools! I'm so glad I found you through the Carnival of the Green!

Anonymous said...

An estimated $12 billion is spent anually to market foods to children and youth. Often these marketing messages are targeted to pre-schoolers who are too young to be able to differentiate commercial messages from educational messages.

To Reinforce this part of your well researched series...

Latest Example to Make Your Point

Panda Thumbs Down: a kiddie animation that markets “a get-fit and save-the-day boot camp plot” to well-meaning parents wobbles short of the mark.

With childhood obesity rates showing that every fourth child in a movie theater seat amply fills the space near you, I’m not sure now is the time for a hero who saves the day by not only being fat, but being rewarded repeatedly for it.

That’s “Kung Fu Panda” in a coconut shell: a movie geared towards the fattest, laziest youth to have ever lived on earth.

It’s a China-set, animated action/comedy with self-deprecating, pudgy panda Jack Black as the voice of Po, a rotund restaurant worker whom the village elders improbably designate as the warrior chosen to defend their homes against the prophesied return of a fearsome fighter.

To add layer to the cake, Po heads off to a kung-fu temple for special training under a Yoda-like mentor voiced by Dustin Hoffman named Shafi. However, the lumbering joke that won’t offend many in the audience is that clumsy, hungry Po can’t stop eating or goofing around long enough to complete his training.

Po wins support through the sheer force of his likeable personality (and his secret noodle soup), and his kung fu improves when Shifu — discovering him binging in the kitchen — realizes that Po will do anything for a cookie.

A hero whose power is an admixture of sloth and gluttony?

Nearly missed this part, because I was dallying out in the lobby refilling my super-sized soda and getting extra butter ladled on the kernals of corn so I’ll refrain from any further comment. Anyway, Po does declare (after his mastery dumpling chasing training) that he’s no longer hungry and uses that extra-body-surface-area to effectively vanquish his foe.

The concluding message: nope not the danger of type II diabetes or the redeeming benefits of a healthy heart fitness program. It’s that one’s fat liability can transform into one’s fattest ass-et.

Though you can bet Kung Fu Panda will be enjoying that Happy Meal (with the Panda surprise) sans his new-found Furious Five friends. They’ll be back in the gym training.

Bharti said...

This is heaven..I'll be going thru your series soon. Childhood nutrition is my passion.

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Bucket trucks said...

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Bucket Trucks USA said...

Wow...I am going to have to look through all of these. Definitely need to find ways to better our children's health in the United States!

Pippi said...

I just found your site and this series. What great posts! My daughter is 2.5 and still pretty sheltered food and advertising-wise, but I know what's coming. I teach elementary school and it pains me to see what many kids bring to school.

Bucket Truck said...

I agree, there definitly needs to be better nutrition for children! This made me think of Jamie Olivers Food Revolution tv show. Hopefully schools will start giving more nutritional options.