Iâ€™ve spent the last nine years trying to convince my older son that eating can be a pleasurable thing. Heâ€™s never bought it. He views eating as taking up time that could be much better spent doing almost anything else. Iâ€™ve never seen a child quite like him. He will take one bite, maybe two, of a cookie and declare that heâ€™s had enough.
But having bigger fish to fry is not the only reason he eschews food. Heâ€™s always been extremely sensitive to texture, and consequently there are very few foods that he will eat. If you donâ€™t believe me, I invite you to come over to our house and observe my son starve himself rather than eat something he finds aversive. I am awed by his willpower.
All this to say that at nearly ten years old and 4â€™8â€, my so-called big boy weighs 58 or 59 pounds. By way of contrast, my little boy, who is five, weighs 48 pounds. That just doesnâ€™t seem right, does it? So you can imagine that when I put a snack in my first-bornâ€™s backpack for him to eat in the middle of his morning at school, itâ€™s going to be a relatively high-fat snack. High in one of the healthy fats, but high in fat nonetheless.
Except that this year, I, along with all of the other parents whose kids attend school in our district, have been informed that I am no longer allowed to send in anything but low-fat and low-sugar snacks (low-sugar is defined as any product that does not contain sugar as one of the first three ingredients listed).
Iâ€™d like to know whether itâ€™s unreasonable of me to be angry about this new rule, a rule, needless to say, with an admirable purpose, that of slowing the spread of the epidemic of obesity among our nationâ€™s children.
Because I am angry. This is my childâ€™s snack weâ€™re talking about. Itâ€™s not your childâ€™s snack. As far as Iâ€™m concerned, you can send whatever snack you want into school with your child.
But I guess you canâ€™t. And neither can I.
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[tags]kids, children, eating, food, nutrition, sugar, fat, snacks, healthy[/tags]
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