Can Curiosity Kill Diets?

Ever thought about how much unnecessary food there is in the world? If not, start now. If the average person ate in moderation which would consist of the basic 3 meals, plus a couple of snacks in between, would there really be a need for some of the thousands of new snacks that are marketed daily?

I thought about this in the grocery store. I saw a bag of Hot Dog flavored potato chips, and I suddenly had a craving for them. I never knew this flavor existed before my last trip to the supermarket, but now I was considering it as my next chew. Never mind the fact that I don’t even like hot dogs, I just wanted to know how the chemists managed to do it this time – a meal-flavored potato wafer. Hum. I decided against it, as I really don’t care for hot dogs. I also knew that if I brought those chips home, I would have devoured the bag simply because it was there.

But what about the other useless snacks out there. For instance, I was perfectly fine with the original recipe of my favorite cookie, now there seems to be more variations than an ivy plant.

We have gotten so many snack varieties to choose from, that I don’t think we give in to temptation anymore, just curiosity. I realized many of the snacks I bring home are something I’ve never tried before.

Experts are suddenly interested and concerned about the obesity rates in this country. Some even advocating taking obese children from their parents, and while portion sizes are usually discussed, I have yet to see a study on needless nibbles.

Many people remark that my four-year-old is small for her age. When she was an infant, she was always being placed in the smaller baby room because the childcare worker was afraid that she would be trampled by the bigger tots. She’s a healthy 30 pounds now, compared to her 40 pound friends. However, she was nursed until she was a year old (she started solids at six months). Also, when she’s hungry, I actually feed her a full-course meal, instead of something she can eat with her fingers. When we we’re on the go, her snacks are filled with protein to make her feel full faster.

I didn’t really think my daughter’s weight or her diet was a conversation piece until somebody passed me a 20-pound baby to hold last week that was only four months old. He started solids at birth so that he could sleep through the night. Yeah, in some cases maybe obese children should be taken from their parents.

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