Wife’s diet warn­ings will harm our kids

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES -

Mums who con­stantly tut tut about “bad” foods or bleat “a sec­ond on the lips, a year on the hips” if their child eats a choco­late but­ton do in­deed cre­ate a nar­ra­tive where food ob­ses­sion is nor­mal. Even if you’re not telling your own chil­dren to eat less, your di­et­ing habits rub off on them.

Men­tion­ing your own strug­gles with weight con­stantly is bound to in­flu­ence them.

If they learn any form of de­struc­tive be­hav­iour it can be­come a prob­lem for them. How­ever, if they are overweight too then you also have a se­ri­ous parental duty to help them get healthy. A friend of mine whose daugh­ter was be­ing bul­lied at school be­cause of her weight ad­dressed the mat­ter by tak­ing up sport as a fam­ily.

No one was sin­gled out but af­ter a few months of ten­nis and gym evenings the whole fam­ily was slim and healthy and they never looked back.

By the way, I think you have a good point about not fill­ing the fridge with so-called low-calo­rie and low-fat al­ter­na­tives.

But more im­por­tant is that you talk things through with your wife and – in­stead of the con­stant talk of food and di­ets – be­gin to ad­dress a health­ier life­style as a whole fam­ily.

Go to www.nhs.uk/change4life and take up some of their ideas.

In­stead of her con­stant food com­ments, try to adopt a health­ier life­style as a whole fam­ily

Many of us have a “one that got away” we never get over. But un­til he swanned back in you were happy. Think hard. Would you take the twins? Would you wrench them from their dad? Next, it won’t be care­free like it was when you were 17. And you have no idea what he’s like to live with. Every­one has a right to be happy but you could hurt so many – even your­self – for ever. Don’t do it.

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