Apparently, Generation Z is overweight and The Chattanooga Times Free Press has an article today about childhood obesity. Although the article does not blatanly point the finger by mentioning Generation X in the body of the story, some clever headline writer squarely puts the blame on Gen X with this header: “Generation X-cess.”
Truthfully, the dates implicate Generation X parents for the rise in childhood obesity. I think the problem is multi-faceted (the article points to TV and advertising, too), but few will argue that Gen Xers haven’t overparented in an attempt to make up for their own disappointing childhoods. Thus, it appears that in the drive Gen Xers have to achieve work/life balance for sake of their families, it’s quite possible that we have actually failed to strike a balanced diet for our kids.
“Federal data shows that today’s average 10-year-old is 10 pounds heavier than a child of the same age in the 1960s.”