Thursday, August 2, 2007

Today's Rant

So I'm at the grocery store playing Super Mom and after hauling the 40-lb bag of Large Breed Weight Management dog food into the cart (yes, I have over 400 pounds of dogs in my house...and yes, only 2 dogs), I round the end cap of the aisle where the is a large display of cokes (or soda or cola or whatever the hell you want to call it depending on where you are from...).

Only these are the little bitty kind that are designed to fit in say... A LUNCH BOX!

I mean, what the hell? Haven't you heard???

"In just two decades, the prevalence of overweight doubled for U.S. children ages 6 to 11 — and tripled for American teenagers. The annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about one-third of U.S. children are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. In total, about 25 million U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or nearly overweight." (from the Mayo Clinic)

And did you know that it is virtual IMPOSSIBLE to find those cute little cartons of milk (like the sell at the public school cafeterias) in any grocery store. So for those families, like mine, who's kids are extremely picky eaters or who have to pack their lunches for school or daycare, we CANNOT find a place to buy milk to put in the lunch box, but everywhere you turn there is a high fructose corn syrup-laden, caffeinated monstrosity to offer to your child as part of their nutrious lunch???

I mean...COME ON!!!

Add that to the fact that kids only have PE twice a week at school (remember when we went EVERY DAMN DAY!), have motorized scooters (what happened to good ol' pedal power?) and spend hours everyday hunkered over their gameboy/xbox/DS/computer instead of horsing around outside climbing trees, pestering the neighbor's dog, building forts or just farting around.

And we wonder why.....


MikeW said...

I don't have any kids, but my opinion is:

1) Give your kids little orange juice bottles/cartons instead of soda as you can't find Milk.

2) Don't buy your kids any motorized scooters, and instead buy them Big Wheels!

3) Take away the Xbox, the playstation, and only allow gameboy use in the car when driving more than 30 minutes.

MikeW said...

i'm not saying you and your kids, i'm saying parents in general!

Dionn said...


1. We do apple juice boxes and the little waters (with added flouride)

2. We only have pedal or foot powered vehicles

3. We don't even have an xbox/ps/gameboy (even though he's probably the only kid on the block who doesn't...poor baby.)

Shorey said...

Horizon has individual cartons of Organic milk - I see them at Randall's and Whole Foods all the time.

Lulu said...

The small cokes (I prefer diet) are the perfect size for mixing with bourbon in a pint glass. I thought that was why they made them that size. Hmmm.....

But I'm with you. We have had to tell my mother-in-law 3 times that our kid is NOT (I repeat NOT) allowed to drink soda. After the second warning we had to go to the 'either don't give him soda or don't see him' tactic. So she switched to Kool-aid. URGH!! I guess that is what grandma's are for.