Lori Boxer Director and Gloria Darian Founder Weight No More Diet Center
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Male 1: So if you have concern about a kid going to school system getting overweight because the mother went through maybe a program and lost weight. She is big thing. She just want to know if we can obviously keep the kid away from TV, get away from the games, let the kid exercise more, that is healthy for a kid, but you brought a very interesting point, there is a little bit of sabotage in school system. The school system sometimes has a meal. It is a hamburger with three inches of potatoes on it. Female 1: Fat, fat, fat, salt, salt, salt. Male 1: And it is a problem. Female 1: I do not understand because you know what– Male 1: Well some of the school systems are trying to correct that. Female 1: Yes. They must work out with the sodas and the— Male 1: So you would suggest that parents who are concerned about their child should go to the school, maybe get together and encourage the school system to teach healthy diet in school which is a good starting point for a healthy adult that learns to eat correctly even in the school, is that correct? Female 1: Yes. Female 2: How about baked fries instead of French fries. It is just a simple thing to do. Female 1: Let me tell you what I have done. Many time in these industry, I have written a letter to the school nutritionist, to the kitchen whatever you want to call it saying that doctor so and so recommended this young child to me and that as a nutrition councilor, I am asking if they can have some special request for their meals. Because apparently, some schools– Male 1: That is a great idea. The only problem, sometimes kids get uncomfortable and might be a little different to the rest. So that the overall best way is to get the whole system to realize our concerns today. Some schools got a physical activity putting it back, some other schools are trying their own little way because money is kind of tight today to make better quality meals. And, I think they are also trying to educate the kids the right kind of eating and some of the high schools. Some of the better high schools are doing that. They have classes to learn to cook for those girls and some boys– Female 1: I remember that. I had when I was younger and it disappeared. Male 1: No, I did not go to that one. Female 1: You said some other times, the kids do not like to feel it that they are eating differently. I have had that happen in the consultation where a child or his mother or father will bring that subject up. And, I tell the kids that come in here, “You have no friend. It is me and your councilor or your mom. You have no friends. Any friend that would tell you or tease you about being on a diet is not your friend.” And, I tell them, “You might be teased,” we prepare them for that, “but that you control your own destiny. You want to go away this summer, you want to go on vacation, you want to go down to three sizes by the end of the session in January or by Christmas or anything like that, you have no friend. If they are eating a hamburger, the gravy it all over it, you are going to eat the hamburger dry. You will to listen to me and I am going to get you with that.” And I paint a picture of a new kid. Male 1: So in other words, you work the best you can in the situation in getting in some light tips to minimize some of the bad points. I am not going to get rid of that, whatever they serve. But maybe teaching some things you can do to make what you eat less of a problem. Female 1: Absolutely. Male 1: It is a little stop in the right direction. Female 1: When I was dealing with kids, even teenagers actually, I never use the word diet. Two words I never use. And I have a 10-year old daughter. Male 1: What would be the term that you would use? Female 1: I would tell a child, “There is nothing wrong will telling your friends, you are just learning how to eat better.” There is nothing wrong in saying, “Hey, I know how to eat better. It is going to make me faster in gym. I want to be a better swimmer for my swim team.
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