What’s the first thing we do when our routine is disrupted by a big project at work, travel, or a million other things? Most of us let our good eating habits go to hell, that’s what.
As Tara Parker-Pope explores in her New York Times Well column, kids are no different. Contrary to expectations, kids who are prone to weight gain put on much more weight in the summer (registration required) when they’re out of school and away from a rigid schedule than they do in the winter, despite the opportunities for vigorous outdoor play provided by the warmer weather.
Parker-Pope examines many different reasons for the weight gain, including usual suspects like the culture of fear (and actual dangerous neighborhoods) that has us afraid to just toss our kids out the door to have adventures on their own. And while we thought school lunches were pretty nutritionally bad, it turns out that summer camp food may be even worse. Parker-Pope’s daughter’s camp features “menus packed with soft drinks, burgers, chicken nuggets and, once a week, cheese fries.” It ain’t glamping.
Of course, there are some kids who are exposed to a foodier camping experience.