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Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2006 - 3:54am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We are rapidly becoming a nation of obese, food-smeared slobs.
BRA-VO!!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
It has occurred to me that this may also explain why I have great difficulty finding clothing that fits my SLENDER seven year old. Who is obviously eating much more daintily than most of her compadres. The only differences that I can see?
A. She doesn't gorge on junkfood more than once a month. At most. More like four times a year.
B. She eats regular meals-- not this constant "grazing" that nutritionists claim is so great.
I also would add (respectfully, since I know other people feel differently) that I NEVER eat or drink in places where it is obviously not appropriate. This includes stores. If I wouldn't appreciate someone feeding their 2 yo a pb smeared bagel there, it isn't someplace I need to be eating or drinking anything otehr than water either. What goes around comes around.
And truthfully, managing a milk allergic toddler is insanely difficult (even by our standards [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) without ME making it harder. Never mind all of the ignoramuses in the world who shall continue to slurp down frappucinos til they pop.... [i]I should know better.[/i]
It may only be one person less, but hey-- aren't we the ones who are always saying that every little bit helps? Reduce the risk, right? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2006 - 6:45am
Christabelle's picture
Joined: 10/03/2004 - 09:00

I admit to high annoyance that in our culture you can't go anywhere without seeing someone stuffing his or her face. Usually - several someones. Often talking and eating with the mouths open. Ick.
I read once about a culture that is made of people who are embarrassed to eat around others - it is considered a private activity, done with your head turned away on your own time, so as not to gross out your comrades.
I can't help but long for that sometimes.(!) People eat in their cars, at every possible venue, even Church (that one always shocks me - junior eating away during Mass) - all day long, day in, day out.
I agree with the food smeared slob comment. It's just grotesque and constant. I am a conservative Republican captalist and love our successes as a country - but the sight of fat junk-foody Americans stuffing and stuffing themselves as a hobby, way, way beyond bodily need, so that the excess is stored in rolls on their bodies - while other people starve elsewhere - just really bothers me.
AND this is before we even get down to the extra issue to my PA child - peanuts and nuts all over everything, too.

Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2006 - 6:45am
3xy1PAinNH's picture
Joined: 08/07/2006 - 09:00

Thanks for all the input. I think this will just depend on my mood and the danger involved in the situation in the future.
Honestly, as a mom of three children, two under 4....I allow my boys to sometimes eat pretzels or goldfish in the stores...and even sometimes the free cheese from teh Deli (another MA mom's nightmare, I am sure). Expecting two young children to sit 20-30 minutes in a store with no distraction is not reasonable...unless you have well behaved passive daughters (which I don't, note my usename!). Toys only work a few minutes...then they are thrown on the floor in a never ending game of 'pick-up!" It isn't about saying NO to my children...I do that enough in the store (No, you may NOT have that cereal/candy/etc). But as for adults...I would hope most of the time they don't need to eat in a store!
I also don't buy into the argument about there should be no food anywhere, anytime...last statistic I saw was that 1 in 6 children is obese. THE REST ARE NOT! In my son's school of 250 elementary children, I can only think of a handful that are obviously overweight. IMO it is all about balance. I dont' want to give my kids junk food or processed food ALL THE TIME...but it is okay to have. For me it is just as much about exercise as food consumption.

Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2006 - 8:39am
patsmommy's picture
Joined: 10/31/2001 - 09:00

I am shamed. With the DD in one of the local supermarkets i have to admit once in awhile I do get a cup of coffe to drink while shopping. Don't I feel like a hypocrite. Shamed seriously. Mostly these days I shop online, it saves me a ton of money. I stick to the brands I know so no impulse buys. I just go pick it up at the store for $10 .
But getting back to the orginal question I probably would have walked away from her and not said anything. the only time I do say something is if we are actaully sitting next to someone like others have said at an event. I am most worried about movie theaters to be honest. I try to scan what people are eating in front of us and in back of us.
I think next time I go food shopping i will get my coffee on the way out.

Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2006 - 9:45am
shoshana18's picture
Joined: 02/02/2005 - 09:00

haven't had time to read through the entire thread, but the short answer is NO! i can't even imagine approaching a stranger and telling them that what they are eating is inappropriate! IMHO, that takes a lot of nerve..

Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2006 - 10:43am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Adele:
[b]I missed the opportunity too and blasted myself later for NOT saying something.
I was at the Delta ticket counter in Charleston, S.C. The ticket agent that was checking me in, had a little pile of shelled peanuts that he was shelling and eating, while working.
I was in SHOCK!
I realized later that the reason I didn't speak up was because of the eye-rolling Peg mentions. I swear that the NEXT time, I will speak up. [/b]
Good for you Adele. I have a good friend who rolls her eyes if I mention PA in reference to my son. She is a nurse. I can't fathom her problem but roll away.

Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2006 - 10:56am
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

While waiting on line at a ride someone in front of us was eating peanut butter crackers. Walking in the city (New York) everyone eats peanuts on the streets. Waiting in line for Santa Clause. We actually got off the line. While watching the Lion King play nuts all around. I get so tired of being careful. In a museum cafeteria. Won't eat lunch there anymore because my son's eyes started to turn red. Sometimes I feel like we are a magnet for peanuts. I know it sounds crazy but simetimes that is how it is.

Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2006 - 10:57am
JenniferKSwan's picture
Joined: 06/19/2006 - 09:00

Yes, no, I don't know in answer to the original question...how is that for honest?
My favorite is when I see parents allowing their kids to eat fruit from the produce section without washing it or paying for it first. Do you weigh the kid before and after so you pay the right amount? Why is it that Target feels the need to hassle me because I allow my son to ride in the basket portion of the cart yet say nothing to the parents stealing food (produce)? I'm trying my best to make my $220 stretch over a two week pay period to include diapers, formula and food for 3 adults and one child. But I have to wonder about those women wandering around in their name brand clothing, $300 sunglasses and dripping with diamonds teaching their kids that it's okay to steal. Shoplifters will be prosecuted - yeah right! Shoplifters will drive the price of the produce through the roof making it nearly impossible for those of us trying to live a healthier lifestyle on a budget.
Ooops, you found my hot topic button. I will reset and retreat to the corner now since I totally went off topic and on a rampage!
Mommy to Aiden (1/26/05) PA,wheat,barley,soy,egg and others yet to be discovered and Connor (7/21/06) with possible egg allergy

Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2006 - 11:02am
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

Actually, I never say anything to anyone unless they are talking to my son. One time someone I knew was looking at my son's carseat and I smelled peanuts on her. she was munching on them she had them in her pockets. I mentioned it to her because I knew her. But I don't say anything to strangers unless someone goes to touch him or give him something to eat.

Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2006 - 11:07am
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

I was at a stop & shop and their was a slow person helping the cashier. She was baging. She just finished eating a sandwich. I couldn't tell what kind it was but she was drooling a little and I started to panick because I didn't want her touching my bags. I didn't want to be rude to her but I started to bag as fast as I could and she kept telling me that she would do it. She bagged about 2 bags and when I went home I wiped and washed everything that I could. I don't care about germs so much, it's the peanuts that scare me to death.


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