“The first and most important choices are made by Mother. Is your 22-month-old baby fat? Up until the age of twenty, fat cells multiply in number according to the need to store more fat. After twenty, the fixed number of fat cells either swell larger with overindulgence or shrink with healthy eating. The number of fat cells generated in your youth stays with you the rest of your life, and the more you have, the more you tend toward obesity.
To say it plainly, we steal our children’s health by how much food and what kinds of food we provide. Mother lays the foundation for vibrant health or for a lifetime of sickliness and early death. Gluttony is a deadly sin against our own body and those entrusted to us. It saddens me greatly to see a fat child, knowing the suffering ahead and knowing Mother could have prevented it.” (Michael Pearl)
“And put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.” (Proverbs 23:2)
“One third of children in the US are overweight or obese, and this number is continuing to rise…overweight children are at high risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults, placing them at risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes later in life. They are also more prone to develop stress, sadness, and low self-esteem.”
“For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.” (Proverbs 23:21)
When we were raising our children, we didn’t allow them to be gluttons. It pains me to see overweight children since it is setting them up for a life-long struggle with it. Life is more difficult when a person is obese and mothers have complete control what and how much their children eat when they are young.; another reason mothers should be keepers at home. They can make nutritious food from scratch and teach their children how to cook.
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17)
If we had dessert, our children were given only one serving and I rarely had it for them. It sure wasn’t a nightly occurrence. I fed them healthy food from the time they were babies. Way too many children are obese today from eating junk food, eating too much, and not exercising enough. Don’t have junk food in your home. If they want a snack, give them a piece of fruit or some nuts. Keep sweets to a minimum. Don’t let them watch a lot of television or computer time. My children played mostly when they were children. We would have never allowed them to sit around all day and let them watch TV or play video games.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (! Corinthians 10:31)
Raising children is a 24/7 job or ministry since you are raising godly offspring. It’s all about training your children continually about what is right and what is wrong.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.