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Childhood Obesity

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Kelly @ Finding a Skinnier Me

    Great advice! I love this and wish more parents would take some time to be concerned over what their kids are eating. I have watched many of my friends feed their kids fast food on a daily basis and sugar. It makes me cringe.

    I don’t have kids but I have a niece and nephew. My niece is obsessed with healthy food and playing sports because it keeps her from getting acne and she is so short she doesn’t want to end up obese. My nephew is a healthy weight but he will go on junk food binges when it is available to him. But my sister has always provided them with healthy snacks, they didn’t even know what fast food really was till they were older. She kept healthy snacks within their reach at all times and never restricted or forced them to eat. She wanted them to have healthy relationships about food. It has worked for the most part.

    I didn’t start off obese either. I did have emotional eating issues even as a young kid but my mom kept really healthy food in the house most days. I always played a wide variety of sports. It wasn’t till I was in my teens and started showing the symptoms of PCOS that my weight crept up and then it crept up really high in my 20’s when I started choosing really unhealthy options over healthy options.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Hopefully your niece doesn’t get too obsessed. It’s easy to do, especially with other kids doing similar.

      How long did it take for you to get a PCOS diagnosis?

  2. bethh

    My mom learned all about healthy eating and portion sizes in weight watchers in the 70s; I don’t know if it was WW or something else, but she raised us eating very healthily for the most part. Yes, homemade cookies were in the house, and I think we had something for dessert every night, but we also had home made yogurt & granola for breakfast and she packed us lunches every day (my grade school didn’t offer lunch).

    Perhaps it would have been better if the healthy choices were more explicit, because I did run into problems when I hit my teens and could buy (and eat) ice cream by the pint, etc., but I still think she gave us a solid grounding. Certainly I know lots of people who are shocked about portion sizes, but I felt like I always knew what I “should” be eating. I’m still a super sugar lover, though!

    I think the main thing she could have done differently was do away with the clean plate rule. But I’m sure it’s really annoying when she knew I was ruining my appetite with cookies, and then turning up my nose at the healthy dinner she made! I really don’t envy parents, bottom line 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree with you! We had a clean your plate rule in the house too and that definitely did psychological damage. I never learned to stop eating when I was full. I had to “clean the plate”. I still struggle with that!

  3. Jess

    I obsessed about the weather for weeks before my wedding. It drizzled all day, fined up an hour before the ceremony and poured in the middle of it and we all had to relocate to the tent. What will be will be, just try to enjoy every moment. I’ll be thinking of you and hoping it all goes wel!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh no!!! Glad you still enjoyed the wedding. Yeah. I’m sure once the day is here those little details won’t matter much!

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