Fast Food Baby

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Fast Food BabyOur junk food addiction is dropping alarmingly down the age ladder and we are now rearing a generation of fast food babies.

This arresting documentary reveals babies and toddlers eating a diet of chips, burgers and kebabs, all washed down with bottles of fizzy cola.

It explores the deep-seated reasons why parents resort to junk food feeding and follows three families as they desperately try and get back on the right nutritional track.

From gentle food play to dramatic shocks, the parents team up with real experts who mentor them through the latest techniques as they try to wean their children off fast food.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1147292651 Chrystl Zellweger

    stupid people...:/

  • knowledgeizpower

    This is pitiful a parent that is Too Lazy to Cook a Meal... And the little baby with the soda in the sippy cup that irks me when I see that babies still need milk at that age. Most everyone that has children might have taken their kids to McDonald's at some point in Life but seriously Cook Your Kids Dinner this is ridiculous :0

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kamakani-Sakima/100000536067043 Kamakani Sakima

    omg this gotta be fake! i mean how can possibly an educated bank employee be so dumb and irresponsible to drop on her owm kids mouth everything that comes out of the junk food shops? lol makes no sense! lately lot of documentaries are mor of a fictional documentaries.. that suck!

  • morgmorg

    Given recent events I would hardly describe people in finance as responsible.
    In fact, perhaps that she is an educated bank-employee is exactly the reason why she is irresponsible. ^^

  • Branefart

    This is why I "hate" people.

  • CSNY

    "All the families desperately wants help"
    Guess so.

    My dad used to say "You will eat what's on the table, or go hungry to bed. You decide son" ;) Hehe

    When I was a child, at least in my family, we almost never went to Mcdonald', Burgerking, etc.

  • blahblahbob

    these people are f'n pathetic, if you want little baby junior son of a ***** to stop eating processed garbage than stop giving it to him! its not quantum physics, hell, its barely even intro to child psychology... pathetic...

  • Mário Silvério

    Welcome to a doc about superficial people...

  • Nwttp

    One of MANY reasons

  • http://www.facebook.com/navrass Bogdan Miclescu

    How stupid can they be to feed a lil kid with junk food like that ?! ffs ... i hope it s fake

  • Sertsis

    Sadly, this is typical of our society's view on food in general. Hot, fast, tasty and cheap trump healthy and nutritious in too many cases. And in too many cases, it is more economical to eat junk food than it is to buy, cook and eat properly. The poor can't afford to eat healthy.
    I've seen a few docs on similar subjects, but the one that I like the most is 'Food Inc.' If you can find it, then watch that one too, it's an eye opener. Hopefully Vlatko will find it for us.

  • PaulGloor

    6 can of soda a day eh... What happened to mothers milk ?
    That's a diabetic in the making.
    I couldnt imagine eating so much fast food. Never mind the calories and the fat, what about the cost ?

    I will have to watch the rest of this in the morning!

  • Sieben Stern

    they don't have money, they don't control what they eat. Parents do. There the ones giving the kids the junk food so they don't develop a taste for better stuff.

    watching the parents in the beginning giving the baby fries just broke my heart :/ that should be child abuse.

    People who don't want to raise kids and take care of them should help themselves to copious amounts of birth control.

  • jubbs_sher

    WEAK PARENTS

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1279476659 Ðaniel Çurtis

    who cares...feed them dogfood...its cheaper!!lol ppl need to feed their kids anything and it should not be child abuse to give a fat kid a fry..need sick ppl to fuel the health care system and stupid ppl are never in short supply.lol

  • http://profiles.google.com/tfelbo Thomas Felbo

    "he likes his chips, that's him"... no id****. We are evolutionary dispositioned to like fat and sugar because these foods have the most energy, so those who liked fat and sugar survived more than those who ate other stuff. Plus the first taste we ever taste is breast milk -> fat and sweet again.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/alronvitis norlavine

    I watched 8 minutes and decided these people don't need help in feeding their kids lovingly prepared,attractive food - they need help in tying their own shoelaces xx

  • Imightberiding

    O.K., O.K. ... I know this will probably generate a whole lot of people up in arms but I just can't get past the idea that you have to prove yourself worthy of a licence to drive an automobile, have a business, practice medicine, etc. Yet we as a society allow complete idiots to have children & raise them with a clueless intent as to what is good for the child they have brought into this world. Some thing is off kilter here.

  • His Forever

    Imightberiding: What would you use as a standard? I.Q.? Income level? Genetic perfection (blonde, blue eyes, and 6'4")? Race? Drug and alcohol use? Sexual orientation? Dietary preferences? Disabilities? Religion? No state should be able to tell me I can't have a kid if I choose to (at least one) because I don't pass their "standards".

    My mother has a 70 I.Q. She might pass your standard, but not most people's (being both slow AND poor AND from the South AND a fundamentalist Christian), but she was a great mother all things considered.

    I can't blame people for wanting kids--but I also get frustrated at those that have 6 or 7 or 8 and can't feed or educate them like many of my neighbors do here in the Philippines. At my own peril I gripe at the drop outs in our neighborhood, and say, "Ah, why aren't you in school? You'll have a looser life all-life-long without an education." Now THEIR parents wouldn't pass my permit test!

    I've always loved your name by the way . . . . horse are my all-time favorite animal companions.

  • His Forever

    I'm stuggling with this for my daugher. She's not overweight, but is totally unlike my son who won't even eat candy when he's not hungry. The "begging" is just overwhelming, and it works!!! Even with the shapest parent (me included) as we're still just human. It's really tough these days to feed your kids well. I know it's my hands putting the junk food in the basket at the store, but what is "life" without any "sweetness" at all?

  • http://twitter.com/CleanseWithUs Stephanie Blackbird

    OMG - this is child abuse!!! What do you mean "I can't control what he eats" - really? Who buys the food. This is despicable and this is why this generation of children has a shorter life span than their parents - for the first time in history! I will forever continue to coach people on a healthier lifestyle. I have seen amazing transformation - in days...

  • PaulGloor

    I agree, however, it would require some system to deal with the children/parents after an unlicensed childbirth or mandatory sterilization. Currently it cannot be controlled by anyone but the individuals in question without firmly kicking human rights in the soft spots.
    And to touch on C_AND_Ns response above, I think a realistic standard would be a basic education, passing a parenting/homemaking course including cooking and nutrition and an assessment of the parents capability to provide a sound, safe, learning and loving environment for the child/ren.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1147292651 Chrystl Zellweger

    absolutely super weak !! everyone (should) knows that fast food is not healthy...i hope the change they manners..

  • Yavanna

    Vlatko. Come on now............ this is trash TV. Seriously now, I`m your greatest fan but you have vested yourself with the tag TOP Docs! This is utter trash. I would be happy to vet additions as I know you have a huge task in assessing new content but for the love of the great flying spagetti monster in the sky please do not allow this cr$p air time on our wonderful site.

    Integrity is everything. This is BS trash TV about scumbags and feck em!

    I volunteer my time as a tester for possible additions to the site. I feel you are losing your focus. More and more sh1t like this is creeping in like a cancer.

    I`m sure a dozen or more people here would be willing to test the worthiness of additions but please don't include cr4p like this......

  • Irishkev

    Nnnngrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Dizzy cows should all be up for child abuse. Hair extensions, fake tan and diamond rings and poisoning their kids, because they are too lazy to cook. "Oh, I'll try giving him proper food so I can save money and get more stuff for me", I'm fuming.AAAAAGh

  • Guest

    I only watched half but was surprised to see none of them were obese. Even the woman with the 3 kids, skinny as a rail. Reminded me of a reality show more than a doc.
    az

  • Achems_Razor

    Couldn't watch more than 4 minutes of these brain dead people! Rocks are smarter.

  • http://profiles.google.com/juraj.filkorn Juraj Filkorn

    I do not know why you consider this crap. The name of the documentary describes exactly what it is. And it is an alarming problem, with solutions presented. What more do you await from a documentary about this issue?

  • Yavanna

    I guess you define documentary differently to me and the Oxford dictionary. If you enjoyed it then good. If you got something other than that out of it then I guess you have greater educational needs than some here.

    Alarming problem? Solution presented? Erm... Problem: scummy people too lazy to bring up their children properly and feed them properly. Solution: Bring up children properly and feed them properly. It's hardly rocket science.

  • Yavanna

    These type of women are as Kev describes below. Self obsessed child abusers. Once they hit 35 or so their looks go and they pile on the pounds.

  • Guest

    Not quite true...in many cases.
    I see your point though about this being an unpleasant doc for many but look here 32 comments including my 2 and your 4. The CORE from a full day before has 28 including my 4 and your 1.
    What counts for internet sites are the amount of hits, not the content because there will always be people who watch somewhere.
    az

  • magarac

    Then you should watch part one of how earth made us. Smart rocks all over the place.

  • Guest

    @Py, are we losing you to a different site? although i see you are still coming around undercover.
    az

  • Guest

    Some things ought to be said undercover, if at all, I guess. And I'm pretty sad these days, too, although I've committed not to talk about that... (a significant part of it also is the time of year, so... maybe don't give yourself too much credit? lol. Every Fall, it seems, I have to put up with this for a bit. Vitamin D pills don't help, either, so please don't recommend them... Maybe a sunlamp? lol.)

    About this subject, I can say this: My youngest has a "smidgeon" of adhd, and if we don't mind everything he eats very strictly, his behavior is instantly affected for the worse...We have to completely eliminate any sugar intake as much as possible, because with him the stuff is like cocaine, and I'm not kidding. On top of that, way more so than with any of my other kids, he is a very picky eater, very unwilling to try different foods. And it's a shame, too, because there are so many I know he would love, if we could just get him to try them. Every now and then he'll give a little, and one more item (for a while...) will be added to his diet, but still... He mostly is subsisting on chicken and fish, sometimes fried, sometimes broiled, with only an occasional starch or vegetable...I keep multivitamins in the cabinet for him, and spend much time frustrated about this, waiting for him to outgrow it.

    Maybe you've got some advice? I've tried just about everything I can think of, including punishment, sending him to bed hungry, etc., but I really don't like that or have the heart for it at all...and he KNOWS that. Maybe a little more judicious bribery would work, too... That can be a good thing, if you're careful to limit it.

    (Those guys and gals at Alternet are WAY MORE politically/economically knowledgeable than I am, so I don't really feel too much like I fit in over there that well... Not enough artists, or straight science, at least as far as one can tell very much. I did, however, get 40 likes on a derogatory comment I made about Saint Reagan, lolol... A happy accident!)

  • Irishkev

    At least he eats fish man.

  • Guest

    That's one of the things I keep telling myself, lol... But he's soooo frustrating, that boy. He'll try, say, mac and cheese one week, eat the whole portion, and then the next time we serve it complain he doesn't like it, and refuse to touch it without a war.

  • Guest

    hum! let's see...
    Have you taken him to a HUGE salad bar and see what, if at all, HE would chose to eat out of it?
    How about taking him to a grocery store and ask HIM to choose anything he would like to try in the veggie department?
    How about making him smoothies with lots of fruits that he likes and incorporating a veggie that would be hidden in the mix, like baked sweet potatoes or squash and soft tofu (especially used for desserts)?
    A lot of kids will eat raw but do not like cooked veg.
    At least he eats fish, make sure you choose non farmed. Pink salmon is often farmed (unless it says ocean caught) or Thai shrimp (worse raised conditions) and the way it is farmed is not healthy.

    Sadness...a lamp may help, they called it light therapy when i lived in Belgium, it was quite popular there. Walking walking walking with your head in the clouds does wonder. Writing writing writing to your self does a different kind of wander.
    Find ONE thing you want to change about you and work on that with focus, the more you achieve this way, the better you feel about yourself, it can be anything.

    Right, funny how one can become very popular by using derogatory talk towards other's weakness. It's the kind of things vultures feed on. But you are too sweet for that.
    az

  • Guest

    Thank you. I'll cheer up in a bit...

    He does love his fruits, which I forgot to mention: Green grapes, (red & green) apples, and (yellow! lol) bananas. especially. So, yeah, it's the lack of veggies that bothers me most of all. I'll take him to the grocery store stands and try your idea, although I have to admit I think sneaking up on him with the smoothies will probably work better. If we can make it without him seeing it, we can just tell him it's a milkshake! We've tried to get him to eat shrimp, too, and he may be the only child with a (1/2) Southern heritage who won't have anything to do with it, which just seems like sacrilege to me. Pink salmon he may be ready to try, but the taste is so different from the blander stuff he's used to, so...I don't know.

    Terrible, isn't it?

    I keep telling him he's missing out on a lot of life's enjoyment, being so limited in his diet, but, of all my kids, he's not only the brightest academically, but by far the most hard-headed. He's independent in a lot of ways, walked far earlier, talked far earlier, than his siblings, and so you would think he would be more able to listen to reason, but it just ain't so. He's just a little too confident in his mind's ability to make good decisions for himself right now, which is not something I want him to lose, but only to be willing to modify, when it comes to his parents, lol.

    It's a war...but a war with LOVE (and better health and fun) as the goal, as it was at the start, and as of course it is now.

    I don't think that's HIS view of it, however!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509950025 Sandra Teresa

    living in mexico i see this everywhere, i´´ve seen so many babies drinking soda from the baby bottles and it makes me sick. I´m married with no kids but my husband and I do not keep soday in the house at all, when we want a bottle we go to the corner store and buy a small bottle to drink then. We only eat take out when we´re out and there are no other options and after we do eat it we both feel terrible. We have made the choice to do all these things now so that when we do have kids we are already in the habit of eating healthy. When i was a kid it was eat what mom made or starve. after not eating for a day or 2 you get hungry enough to eat what´´s there. end of story, not eating for a day or 2 won´´t kill the kid and it will teach them who´´s in charge. Kids are much smarter than adults think and they learn very quickly that screaming either gets them what they want or a smack on the bottom and if they get what they want they´ll just keep doing it! Parents need to remember who´´s in charge and once in a while let the kid scream his heart out, he´´ll learn that it doesn´´t work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=754328137 Nicci Winsmore

    Not only kids are brainwashed to become meat and dairy eaters but they are put on junk foods from birth. And we wonder about the rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases????

  • Rebecca Job

    Oh my god! the amount of salt they put on chips for that poor baby!!! That was rather painful to watch...

  • His Forever

    Yavanna: No way! Out of all the docs I don't have time to watch, I chose this one (watcing the 2nd half now). It's very relavant and useful information. I'm anxious to see the outcome. Obviously you're not a perent (or if so, you never had this problem).

    Vlatko: Thanks for posting yet another good documentary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yi.w.qian Yi Wen Qian

    Why do parents give birth to children and then kill them slowly with food? :(

  • His Forever

    The single mother that NEVER buys healthy food is just a plain terrible mother. The couple that had the child with mennigitis touched my heart. The fun food class was brilliant psychology! It was a good documentary for our times. It helped me resolve to continue eating more healthily in our family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yi.w.qian Yi Wen Qian

    I'm not a parent, but I was a picky eater myself when I was a child. I was weird though in that I don't like eating meat, also I have a weird habit of eating food in certain orders and if one type of food is missing I'm just at loss with my meal. I did grow out of it eventually but I think it's my taste buds that changed, because meat to me only tasted of salt and oil before the age of 10 :S Anyway, have you watch a British Show called Eataholics? There are some seriously severe cases, perhaps it will give you some ideas? You just google 'eataholics watch online' for the episodes.

  • Yavanna

    Yup I am a parent - how could I possibly not pass these genes on! I brought my son up properly and fed him properly. I didn't see fit to video it and call it a documentary though. Which is a shame because it would have been far more relevant.

  • His Forever

    Ooooo! That sounds interesting. "Eataholics" eah? My wife said just today, "Like father like daughter--she never stops chewing!" That's ok as long as she's eating healthy food and is a proper weight. She's not picky at all, but my son is, very much so.

  • His Forever

    Last thought for the night: What a modern problem when 1/3 of the world is stuggling with fast food and all the fat and junk that comes with it, and the other 2/3 is stuggling with starvation and malnurishment entirely. Mind boggling!

  • Guest

    I'll check it out. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yi.w.qian Yi Wen Qian

    Well, only 1/2 your genes gets passed on, both of my parents are not picky eaters but somehow mixing their genes resulted in me.

  • Yavanna

    So basically you are a mutant!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/yi.w.qian Yi Wen Qian

    Lol, or some form for recessive gene came to surface, or a combination of a bunch of genes. Who knows. Well, it would be boring if we all end up like our parents, how will we evolve as a human species if we just clone lol.

  • Yavanna

    This is very true. Both my parents were mutants and I turned out alright.

  • lari

    These "parent" are superficial, materialistic and ignorant. The father works long hours to pay for some status stylings, and he can't even feed his kids properly! Money is literally being wasted on prepared "food" and their lifestyle. If he worked less hours and learned to cook a decent meal, teach/discipline/guide his children - he wouldn't have to work so many hours. It's a catch 22 so many materialistic consumer-culture people (sheeple) are trapped in. I make an artists wage (ie: technically below 'poverty' line in Canada) yet I eat organic, make 98% of meals at home and am very fit and healthy. My (working) parents had 5 kids to feed - and never resorted to this kind of behaviour. This is just repulsive. "Stupid People Shouldn't Breed." Pretty lame 'documentary'. These people need a rude awakening, not some soft pandering to their blatant ignorance. They think it's funny, but it's downright obscene.

  • Jack1952

    @ Nicci

    Kids eat meat and dairy products because they like it. No coercion, threats and brainwashing necessary. I have 3 grandchildren. Two will eat what is put in front of them. The third one will not eat his school lunch and his mother refuses to give him junk for lunch. At supper, when told to eat his meal, he will just sit there and nibble a little when badgered enough. Given his choice, he would eat only fruit loops, candy, fries and spaghetti and this isn't happening, no matter how much he insists. I have watched him throw up because he took a bite of a vegetable.

    I am the oldest of 7, raised 2 of my own and have the 3 grandkids. All 12 of us have been or are being raised on home cooked meals and some of us love it and others hate it. Every person is different in their food preferences. Brainwashing has nothing to do with it. That does not mean a parent should give up because his child's preferences may not be what is best for him. While that child is in their custody it is their obligation to do what is right for that child. When he grows up then he (she) can make their own choices...good or bad. This doc shows the bad.

    One thing is certain. It is much easier for a person raised on nutritious food to devolve into junk food addict then it is for one raised on junk food to start to eat a healthier diet.

  • blahblahbob

    yeah, when i was a kid mc donalds was like a once monthly treat and that was after my parents divorced and my mom became a single mother of four. the convenience excuse is just a cop out to vindicate peoples laziness.

  • NaFaMod

    OMG, I hate fast food. It's addictive and just makes you feel like s***. My life used to be s***, its now less s*** because I realized this and now im a happier person. Goddamn all the CEO's of these poisonous companies. So many i****s in the world now, eating c*** food and acting like monkeys. Unfortunately I was pretty hooked on the good old french fries and stuff up till my late teens, it just ravaged my body, mind and soul.

  • markbloemberg

    How did you get over bad food? Cause im pretty hooked myself and want to change but its difficult sinse there's like 5 fast food placed between my house and school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679155149 Shanleigh Veniot

    Start eating an apple when you leave home/school and you won't want something else when you are passing these restaurants. Eating well starts with willpower, but you'll be rewarded with a taste for real food ; )
    Good luck, man.

  • give methafood

    Not worth the time.....just typical dramatized television about people have no idea about how to live or create values.

  • cloverbow13

    Wtf Crystal Castles playing in the background?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucie-Uhlí?ová/100000204879492 Lucie Uhlí?ová

    Pasta and some sauce from a jar = home made meal? Are you kidding me??

  • DeadMoon

    I've said it a thousand times before and I'll say it again; we need some kind of parenting license.
    Like a parenting school that you have to graduate from and learn the basic things needed to raise a physically and mentally healthy child.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JNIWLD2N7KE6YWLCZBXZ5EC3RQ Yusiley S

    I consider this child abuse. They're fattening up their kids with this garbage food. Also why are these parents over feeding their babies? Gesh. That baby at the beginning shouldn't be eating that large quality of food, especially that large breakfast plate (that's an adult size meal you dump f*** of a father). What are these parents thinking? Don't they know doing that will cause the stomach to expand (encouraging the other extreme eating disorder - food addict)and the babys' body will develop more fat cells (increase number of fat cells which only lipo can get rod of). Thus at the end this poor baby will grow up in being an obese teen who will yo-yo dieting because he can't get rid of those extra fat cells his retarded parents forced upon him. Yes forced. This kid doesn't talk yet. He has no authority or ability to really care or speak up for himself.

    As for the tantrums... that's what kids do, they complain. It's the parents job to slap the twat and teach him or her that he or she isn't the center of the universe. I hate it when parents put their kids on some pedestal, reinforcing that condescending bs attitude. It's one thing to care about your kids, it's a whole other thing when you're over doing it to the point of creating overconfident future dictators. Makes me want to slap all of these parents. If the kid doesn't want to eat than don't force him or her. Just let him or her go hungry eventually the kid will eat the healthy meal. That's what my parents did with me and my siblings. When we didn't want to eat my parents would take us away from the dinner table and put us in our playpen. It's giving the kid a choice eat healthy or die of starvation. Hunger is a very painful and powerful signal the brain shuts up and the body takes over, forcing the kid to finally accept the meal that is in front of hm or her. Too bad these parents are weak willed and easily pushed around by a primitive mind (children aren't developed yet). It's rather pathetic to watch really.

    Another thing I want to add is that these fatty, sugary and sweet foods don't keep you full for very long. You know why junk food doesn't fill you up in the long run and why you feel hungry again in the short while? It's because that garbage food lack in important nutrients. Fats, sugar and sweets are super rare in nature that's why we crave them, but we over eat those nutrients and not the healthy kind. Our bodies had evolve to take nutrients through the foods that are found a lot in nature. Yes our bodies can digest roots and heavily leafy greens.... we're evolved for that. We're also evolved for heavily protein foods... and it's a fact that foods high in protein keep you full longer, thus you're not binging on everything. Lack of nutrients causes our bodies to think it is hungry even though we ate a huge plate of food. This is why I eat something that has a lot of vitamins and minerals before having dessert, so I wouldn't feel the need to binge on the Cadbury eggs.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N3G7UTOUFVHBASLMLT4TZ7CNUY Amanda

    OMG! That kid is seriously addicted to the sweetie cupboard! I had a candy drawer but I couldn't get in it unless Mom or Dad let me. This is ridiculous.

  • ProudinUS

    OH MAN! Now if you need a expert to show you how to take care of a situation with yur kids, your're pathetic. First you have to acknowledge that it's your fault to let it go this far and explain it to the child. But the first time a kid of mine(their grown now) throws a hissy-fit like that one kid, he's gonna get wacked upside his f**kin' head. There's no dilly-dallying around with a child when it's time for them to learn respect. I'm tired of all this new age bullsh*t....don't spank the child....don't yell at the child....all I can say to that is bullsh*t! If your kid gets lippy it's your duty to make sure they don't do ita 2nd time. It's better that you teach the kid some respect then have someone else have to do it.(which somebody will!)
    I can honestly say that I only had to whack my boys upside the head twice to set em' straight and they became fine well adapted men.

  • Crystal_2012

    F**k these parents are m*ronic. "I have no +control over what he eats" Really? You have no control over what your toddler who completely relies on you to feed him eats?! My god.. These children are fu**ed.

  • dan661

    one of the kids said he wanted a pear! and she just walked past and said no!! what the hell?!

  • http://profiles.google.com/haveatisue LInda Tisue

    If kids are hungry they will eat, these "parents" need to let their kids experience hunger and maybe they need to experience hunger themselves as well. I think these people are an argument for taxing take out food just like cigarettes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janelle.laybolt Janelle Laybolt

    that one mom is hot. while her family eats junk. odd..... but. cool good on them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5CB57WHK4AJDJDHEJ6EX66VADA Andrew

    I'm 15 and watching documentaries on here and this is simply shocking to me. I eat healthily, I exercise, and I still remain big because it's in my genetics on my fathers side and is hard to maintain, but I do so. This is simply mind boggling to me because of the fact that I myself at such a young age make home-made meals when my parents are away. I cannot believe the intelligence of the 3rd mother, the teen one. It appears she has made one dumb decision after the other, starting with the pregnancy. She has no possible idea what she's doing and I am ashamed she is ALLOWED to raise a child with such eating habits.

  • Jeremy Hughes

    How is this any different than child endangerment? Why are these parents not having their kids taken from this? Truly disgusting ignorant trash people, get off your job and take care of your damn kids you idiots. They taught us in first grade not to eat sugar and drink soda, how come all these retards act surprised when they find out it's not healthy? The wives should wear shirts that say "I'm with stupid" because their husband's are shite.

  • Turtle_maddness

    I get sooo mad when I see legit obese parents feeding their kids junk like it's okay....and the babies who are like, 2 years old, are already fat. Teach them good habits from the start so it's not hard for them later in life! This is a form of child abuse, in my books. Kids don't know any better, they know what their parents teach them.

  • http://genkeis.multiply.com Syamsul Arifin

    seeing babies eating junk food is incredibly scary for me.., bad diet will kill them slowly

  • RobinSweet

    I read all the comments on here and I think that there are too many people who are seating in judgement of these parents and their families. Instead of judging them and calling them names try and see things from their perspective, if only for a moment, and try and understand where they are comming from. Now I am not saying that they are feeding their children good food, because they are obviously not. But they are not child abusers either! Child abuse is what some peolpe here suggested, I think, like slapping and spanking and shouting at children and/or starving them into eating what is on their plate or forcing them to eat against their will. I have no children of my own, as yet, but have worked with and looked after kids of various ages for over twelve years, and have never had to resort to any of these suggested tactics. To get them to do anything! I always managed to get them to eat and do other things by getting them to want to do it, and so enjoying it in the process. Spanking and slapping only makes children afraid, and hurts them physically and emotionally, it teaches them nothing, except fear! The parent who said, in a comment below that they slapped their boys only once to make them respect him/her, only got that result because those boys did not want to be slapped again, not because they suddenly got respect for their slapping parent. Starving children into eating, is neglect, kids shouldn't, must not, go without food for a day or two, just because they won't eat what has been put in front of them. And yes! It going without food for more than the time between meals DOES hurt them health wise! And don't let anyone tell you any different! Forcing kids to eat would only lead to the opposite reaction, and make food and eating a negative and frightening experiencing experience instead of being a fun, tasty and enjoyable one, as it should be. Shouting at kids or letting them scream their hearts out damages them emotionally and hurts their feelings more than you know. Children are a lot smarter and capable of understanding a lot more than some people here are suggesting, and far from being primitive, their minds are very perceptive and adaptable. There are always ways to get children to eat, and one of the best ways is to make it interesting, like the parents of Michael are thought to do. Eating should be enjoyable and pleasant, children should love meal times, but some of the things suggested in a number of posts below would turn it into a punishment and that should never be the case.
    I agree, it is scary that a tot, Cuba, drinks six cans of pop a day and the other one, Michael, won't eat anything but junk and the teenaged mom's son (forgot his name) eats as bad as him mom, herself a child. But that is what the doc is about! Each one of them getting the help that they need. I make no excuses for the parents, either, one too young to be a mom in the first place and needing to learn a lot herself before having become a mom, the others afraid to say no to Michael because of his bout with meningitis (my parents went through the same with me, by the way, after I had an acutely severe concussion at the age of four and came close to dying.) and Cuba's parents who are afraid to make a mess in the kitchen and the dad who is a junk food addict himself, but I allow them the benefit of the doubt. We are all human, and no one, and I mean NO ONE, is perfect. I do find it atrocious that children are eating all this junk, and it does make me very concerned what it does to their young, growing bodies and that they get more addicted to it all more every year, childhood obesity is an acute problem which needs a good remedy. But let us not forget that there is advertising to children allover the place, of foods so chocked full of sugar, fat, chemicals and other inedible food like substances, which undermines parents and fills children's heads with these bright cartoon clad no-foods, and younger kids follow the example of older siblings, like Cuba and his older sisters. In the case of the teenaged mom, we must take into account her financial circumstances, as well. Fastfood is cheap, fruit and veg are not.
    Cuba's family all ate junkfood, and so he ate it too, it is not as though they ate healthy and made him eat the junk alone. Family eating habits influence and affect the whole families from the oldest to the youngest, though Michael's mom and dad do eat healthy and try hard to get him to do the same. Yes, laziness is a factor in two of these families, not wanting to bother with cooking and all, but once again one of these is a teen, and wants to be one, social life and all, so she acts as one, not an excuse, but at least an explanation. And the other does not like to cook and doesn't seem to be very good at it at least in the beginning of the doc, when she makes the spaghetti, but she does learn by the doc's end, and lets her husband cook as well, which in the long run/term might be just what is needed to help him get over his junkfood addiction as well. And that is what matters in the end, that they want to change and did so in the end.
    Don't criticize and pass judgement, the next time you see a parent in similar circumstances think of how you can help them, not of what name or names to call them. Every situation is different, and every family too, and there is always room for change and improvement. As for junkfood, it should be trashed all together...
    and if it was me, I would tax this whole rubbish and make cost of it in the "restaurants' and shops which sell it, so prohibitive that even the thought of it would stick in people's throats. While making veg and fruit and whole grains and other healthy and delicious foods cheep and affordable for everyone.

    P.S. Love your comment Andrew! Good on you for making all that good and healthy food, eating well and exercising. Keep up the good work, my friend, and you will go far. I wish there were more teens like you, then perhaps the rubbish food companies would have less of a hold over what everyone eats. :)

    Cheers, Songbird.

  • knowledge_lover9

    This is so sad it makes me want to cry, how can you be so neglectful to your children. Time is not an excuse, you can prepare and freeze healthy meals for the week. The stay at home mom especially has more than enough time. I am from Vancouver, Canada and seeing children eating junk is so rare its almost unknown. I am currently living down south in the U.S and it kills me daily I see toddlers and children walking around with large size take out pop. People here drive through the gas station drive through and order large cups of pop; children and all and just continue on like its water. I've regularly seen babies eating fries, candy, pop, fried hash browns ect. The children down here are obese and its just a normal thing. I just cringe I want to shake the parents and ask them what they are thinking. I would never dream of giving my children pop or junk food. I know I will love them way to much to neglect them.

  • Jane Doe

    It IS child abuse when you fill the child with unhealthy foods, all 3 families here qualify (coke in a sippy cup!!??! really??). Abuse comes in all forms, not just physical abuse. Thankfully these families asked for help before it is too late.

    What is worse: feeding the kid junk food or telling them to eat their supper before dessert? No matter how long they whine and cry about eating HEALTHY, that's the better option. You can't let children eat whatever they want. It's absurd that healthy foods are more expensive than junk, that needs to change.

    Who cares about advertising? That's a cop-out, the children aren't paying for the groceries. So what if the kid cries because you won't buy him a chocolate bar everytime you go to the store, a responsible parent wouldn't let that situation arise in the first place.

    A guy I work with once told me about how his 5 year old would only eat pudding (snack packs) for 2 weeks. I asked him why he's letting that happen - he said "I don't want to hear him crying". The boy is 12 years old now and weighs over 200 pounds. All 4 of his children are overweight/obese, I call that child abuse. it's very sad.

  • BlackFlag

    They don't need f*cking experts, it's pretty obvious that forbidding snacks and making them eat whatever is in in their plate, whether they like it or not, has been proved to be efficient 100% of the time. They don't want their carrots? Fine, they're not hungry then, when they are going to be they'll welcome veggies with thrill. I had to eat crap years, some times I didn't even get a meal a day because I couldn't afford it; so this kind of bulls*it makes me f*cking mad.I mean COME ON!!! Children are starving around the world and they REFUSE food because it doesn't taste great... The obesity epidemic seems to be caused by parents spoiling their children. Authority isn't necessarily a bad thing, you know: kids NEED boundaries. Today they don't get any and end up being total jerks with absurdly high self-esteem who act like evrything's their due.

  • justmeint

    do we really need all the F words people?
    I too agree that these parents need help and reducating as do the kiddies
    But don't lower your stabdards please