Strawberry Lowfat Yogurt on the Kids Menu

IMAG7001A few days ago my daughter and I decided to go eat at IHOP, she got buttermilk pancakes and I got the kids menu after 4pm and we switch. I know crazy.

Anyway my daughter points out to me on the kids menu is strawberry lowfat yogurt and you can see she disapproved of it so much that she crossed out “lowfat” and put the word “good” instead and kept telling me how awful that is.

She also told me how kids grow up eating junk food its what kids do and the only people who think about diets are adults. BTW this is coming from my 12 year old daughter who plays Minecraft, watches youtube and watches shows like How I met your Mother (not one of my favorites) on Netflix. She seems to have a deeper understanding how of this “lowfat” is playing out with kids.

  IMAG7002Well I explained to her that there is a childhood obesity epidemic going on in the USA right now and so they are trying to get children to eat healthier. I didnt get to the part yet about Michelle and Barack Obama are trying to make healthier lunches in school and not sure if she has heard yet even though its been happening for years.

My daughter shes eat healthy and she doesnt. She likes some veggies. Growing up her favorite were broccoli and she would call them trees. She likes real food. She likes McDonalds cheeseburgers. She just simply likes food and is somewhat picky sometimes and drives me crazy. She loves corn on the cob. She also likes popcorn and chicken ramen with tapatio hot suace. My daughter is a little petite thing but that is how our genetics work.

Personally growing up I ate ramen spaghettios, German food, loved mashed potatoes and of course McDonalds cheeseburgers.

But what she doesnt understand still is the strawberry lowfat yogurt.

So as it maybe appalling, here are the childhood obesity facts according to the CDC:
Prevalence of Childhood Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012

Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States. Despite recent declines in the prevalence among preschool-aged children, obesity among children is still too high. For children and adolescents aged 2-19 years, the prevalence of obesity has remained fairly stable at about 17% and affects about 12.7 million children and adolescents for the past decade. [Read abstract Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA)]

Approximately 17% (or 12.7 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese
The prevalence of obesity among children aged 2 to 5 years decreased significantly from 13.9% in 2003-2004 to 8.4% in 2011-2012.

In 2011-2012, 8.4% of 2- to 5-year-olds had obesity compared with 17.7% of 6- to 11-year-olds and 20.5% of 12- to 19-year-olds.Childhood obesity is also more common among certain racial and ethnic groups.

In 2011-2012, the prevalence among children and adolescents was higher among Hispanics (22.4%) and non-Hispanic blacks (20.2%) than among non-Hispanic whites (14.1%).
The prevalence of obesity was lower in non-Hispanic Asian youth (8.6%) than in youth who were non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black or Hispanic.

Note: In children and adolescents age 2 to 19 years, obesity was defined as a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile of the sex-specific CDC BMI-for-age growth charts.”


Im honestly not sure if this is going to improve or not. Especially if they are calling pizza and ketchup a vegetable and I think even at one time they called some sort of nut a drug, I cant remember. I really dont think our country is getting better but worse. My daughter is healthy though and will understand soon why there is strawberry lowfat yogurt on the kids menu.