Parenting Lessons From A Nine Year Old

By Michael Applebaum, MD, JD, FCLM

While parents world-over are nutritionally abusing their children - fattening them for the kill, diseases, social ostracism - a lesson in parenting is to be found in China.

"It was a day that was filled with horror. On May 12th, 2008, a massive earthquake measuring 7.9 on the richter scale hit the Sichuan province in China, killing over 70,000 people. Before the earthquake, 9 year old Lin Hao sat in his 2nd grade school room, among 30+ students. When the earthquake struck, the entire building collapsed on Lin Hao and his school mates. But before Lin Hao escaped the rubble, he went back into the pile of rubble and was able to save two of his school matesates (sic). When asked why he risked his life to save others, he said, I was the hall monitor, it was my job to look after my school mates..."


The selfish child-abusing "adults" masquerading as parents and who are too self-absorbed to prevent their children from getting overweight/obese have much to learn from Lin Hao.

Here is a young person who risked his life to help save his classmates.

While fat, child-abusing parents are unwilling to risk a small amount of caloric self-control to save their own children.

Here is a young person who thought of others before himself.

While fat, child-abusing parents think of themselves first and not how their actions affect their children.

And why did this child risk so much?

Because it was [his] job to look after [his] school mates.

Too bad parents dont accept that it is their job to look after their children. 

You fat parents abusing your children should be ashamed of yourselves.

And take a lesson from this nine year old.

(Even if you are not a fat parent of an overweight/obese child, it is still all your fault that your child is nutritionally abused. The lesson still holds.)