Thursday, April 9, 2015

Health: Parent Blames Sugar Instead of Poor Parenting

"It’s harder than you think to get your kid excited about vegetables," claims Therese Borchard, of Everyday Health, "Many people who suffer from chronic severe depression and anxiety are allergic to sugar and foods... that the human body processes like sugar. Like most of my theories, I have tested this one on my 13-year-old son."

After dosing her son with an excessive dosage of sugar-filled treats, he responds with uncharacteristic behavior, starting with bouncing off the furniture and slowly devolving into depressive-like self-hate. What she fails to recognize is that these symptoms are more indicative of a sugar high than any mental disorder.

The problem isn't getting your kids excited in vegetables, it's getting vegetables to look and taste appealing. My folks did great by that: my father makes fantastically delicious green salads which were more of a "treat" in our house than any sugary snack.

I also must question her testing methodology, unethically using a child who is likely unaware of the risks of being a subject, and the child's legal guardian not unbiased in her priority between the child's heath and the test.

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