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Sugar when you were a kid?
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
A new CDC report says that kids and teens are still getting too much added sugar (for some age groups, 400+ extra added sugar calories a day!)

I was just thinking about all the sugary food I was allowed to eat as a kid - sugar cereal, candy, soda, etc.

What about you?

laura2gemini2 responded:
I remember during the summer my sister and I used to get full sized butterfinger bars about every other day when I was about 8 or 9. When we went to the public pool our lunch consisted of that, a bag of cheetos, and a ring pop. Needless to say I ate massive amounts of sugar as a kid (and was a little butter ball).
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to laura2gemini2's response:
Forget candy bars, I used to tap those pixie sticks of pure colored sugar into my mouth. Yuck. Makes me want to check for rotting teeth just thinking about it!
nwsmom replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
I didn't like most candy when I was a kid...Mrs.Snyder's dark chocolate creams were one of the only kind I would eat (my aunt would buy them). I still eat mainly very dark chocolate. Yuck to Butterfingers and Snickers!

mhall6252 responded:
Yes, we drank koolaid, ate candy, etc. But we also ate fruit and veggies and played outside a lot. My parents didn't have a lot of extra money for candy, ice cream and soft drinks. But koolaid was / is cheaper than milk. It's an age-old problem that sugary and highly processed foods are cheaper than fresh fruits and vegetables.
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nwsmom replied to mhall6252's response:
I forgot: we didn't have a freezer when I was a child...only a very small compartment for ice cubes. ice cream at home, it was definitely a special eat-out treat. Fruit, yes, whatever was in this time of year, I think it would have been apples, slightly elderly ones. No fresh produce from Chile! (You might have to be over 65 to remember those days.)
dianer01 responded:
My breakfast consisted of gooey white bread toasted with cinnamon sugar and chocolate milk. Whole milk at that.

There was a big difference between growing up in the 50's or 60's and now, our lifestyle and activity levels were much different. We did not come home from school and plant ourselves in front of a computer, video game or television for hours on end. Our mothers thought we would go blind or our brains would turn to mush! I recently found some old family papers and in the 8th grade, I was 5' 10" and 120lbs. Whole milk and gooey white bread were not an issue for me then!

The 20 years after school is where I should have been paying more attention.
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Anon_74671 replied to dianer01's response:
my daugfhet is 9 and in 3rd grade. she does not come home from school and plant herself in front of a computer, video game or television for hours on end.

she comes home and does a minimum of an hour of homework, sometimes an hour and a half if you include reading. Factor in supper, bath then its bedtime. Is it any wonder our kids are fat today??
dianer01 replied to Anon_74671's response:
Sorry, I did it again, didn't mean to offend anyone.
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Anon_74671 replied to dianer01's response:
you didnt offend, Im just clarifying. the media and so called "experts" blame tv and video games for the childhood obesity epidemic, but no one ever mentions the long hours spent in school, and then the large amount of homework when these kids get home

I don't know about you, but when I was 9, I didn't have any home work, we came home, did chores then went to play.
DavidHueben responded:
When I was a kid, we had one TV with three black and white channels, a rotary dial party line phone with a six digit number, one car without seatbelts, and no microwave. Many things have changed in 55 years.

I watched three TV shows everyday...Superman, The Lone Ranger, and Howdy Doody. Never used the phone...that was for adults.

Needless to say, we ate Sugar Pops (and other sugary cereals), popsicles, KoolAid, candy, and other less than healthy (in today's parlance) items.

We spent hours and hours outside each day playing baseball in the street, playing Army and cowboys and Indians, and riding our bikes miles and miles each day. We also walked to school.

Things have changed and will continue to do do.

We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

- Winston S. Churchill

auriga1 responded:
We (as a household of 5 kids) hardly had ANY sugar. Our parents never had sweets in the house. We didn't get an allowance basically because there was hardly any money to go around.

There was no soda or Kool-Aid. The only sweet drink was OJ. Even though the soda and Kool-Aid were cheaper than milk, there was some intelligence to factor in that we needed nutrition.

Birthdays we did get cake and sometimes ice cream. Once a summer, if there was enough money, we might be able to get ice cream, or some frozen treat from the ice cream man. LOL. Only laughing because you don't see that truck jingling his bells down the street anymore.

Grew up in the 50's and 60's were there were a zillion kids on each block. That ice cream truck made a mint. No, no pun intended.

I try to keep my daughter away from sweets. Real sweet tooth that one. I don't drink soda with sugar but the rest do. I try to set an example with a bottle of water in my hands 24/7. Guess what -- my daughter is drinking water each day now. She sees me with the insulin needle every day at each meal. I am hoping that this doesn't pass on down to her or my son. My mother was also an insulin-dependent type 2. No, we are not overweight or ever were.

Speaking of ice cream trucks, there used to be a peddler walking through the neighborhood asking if anyone wanted their knives sharpened. I need one desperately. Miss that more than the ice cream truck. LOL. Sorry, waaaay off track there, but the random thought entered my mind.
cookiedog replied to auriga1's response:
We still have an ice cream truck which comes through my neighborhood every afternoon! LOL

My childhood diet was not just sugary treats. It was also white carbs on top of white carbs. Mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, gravy, biscuits, rolls, pancakes, noodles, pasta. etc. .

I would hate to think how many carbs per day my family ate. We had a large garden but even veggies were cooked to death in bacon grease.

So an occasional candy bar was not my biggest childhood diet problem.

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