BeeBee's 365 Challenge

for the little things that make me happy

Day 65: Change 4 Life

on March 5, 2012

Today in the post I got a nasty surprise. A letter about Thing 2. A letter telling me that my perfectly average child is Very Overweight. The school that my son goes to partakes in the National Child Measuring Programme in partnership with the NHS and Change 4 Life.

I have no issue with the work that Change 4 Life do. It is important that people are aware that there is a need to eat fruits and vegetables and to be active. However, letters professing that a child who is perfectly normal and active is borderline obese is just dangerous territory.

It does however prove something, BMI is not a good way to tell if someone is a healthy weight for their height. It doesn’t take into account their height or build (it even says it on the letter telling you how fat or thin your child is).

To help you the NHS trust enclose a leaflet, with a very basic plan for healthy eating. It looks an awful lot like a diet plan a doctor gave me when I was in early adolescence before I had the weight problem I do now.

It restricted me from eating the same as my friends and my family.

I am hyper aware that my weight problem will affect my children. I am adamant that they will not have the same issues that I do around food. I will not take any food away from them. If they want to try it they can, if they want to eat it they can. Moderation is key. I wasn’t given this choice. I was told at an early age that I was obese and that I should be put on a limited diet.

At my heaviest as a child I was a size 16. Looking back with adult eyes, when everyone was so worried about what size I was I would have been a size 12. Not huge at all. It was handled very badly and by my mother then reigning in all sugary foods, chocolate was never in the house, even now I don’t think I have ever had a non diet yogurt I didn’t learn how to have things in moderation. I learnt to eat in secret, to binge so no one found out that I was eating things that I shouldn’t. Five years of this is what I attribute my weight problem to.

I got fatter and fatter as I got older and older. Now I have to fight the desire to binge, I often lose that fight more than I win at the moment. I like to play sports and to exercise. If I had the money I’d be a gym bunny again. What I do need to do is get the motivation back for early morning running.

This is not a future I want for my children, putting labels on them before they even reach 5 years of age is destructive and needs to stop.

Today’s Activities: Catching up with the lovely Mike Smith on the tellybox, then eating tea while catching up with True Blood and Grimm.

BeeBee x

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