Are overweight people worse parents?

Are overweight people worse parents?
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Are overweight people worse parents? I hope not.

At five feet small tall, if the scale tips past 130, I'm overweight. But I'm still a damn good mom.

It's annoying to go to the gym. Working out and cooking take time away from my kid. When it gets warmer, I'll want to be more active.

There will never be a shortage of excuses. But facts are facts: parents who are overweight tend to raise kids who become overweight.

Parents have all different interests that they pass down to their children. Our son is going to be very well versed in musicals, pop songs, and Chicago sports. He's probably going to suck at art, because his parents kind of suck at it. More importantly than that, we just don't show an interest, so it's not something he's exposed to.

While being deficient in art is not harmful (and I'm sure some would agree that it is), being deficient in your health IS harmful. It doesn't really matter if you like to be active or if you like to eat healthy. As a parent, you have an obligation to do so.

My husband always says, "We can do ANYthing we want. We just can't do EVERYthing we want." This goes for a healthy lifestyle. No one can do EVERYthing to be healthy, but there are a lot of things you can do. Here are six:

1) Schedule exercise. Commit to the same time and days, or the same workout class. Download the Nike Training Club app and do it while you watch your favorite show.

2) Don't overdo it. This is classic Mr. Social Butterfly Mom. He sets an unattainable goal, carries it out for a week, then takes a week off. If you don't workout regularly, start with 15 minutes every other day. Each week, add five minutes, and by the end of the month, you'll be at 30. (I'm really good at math, btw.)

3) Be active WITH your kids. I hate winter, but here are a few ideas for outside:

  • Sledding.
  • Skating.
  • Reenact the Olympics.

Inside ideas:

  • Yoga.
  • Obstacle course.
  • Build a fort.

4) Don't sit still. According to Gretchen Reynolds, a blogger for the New York Times, every hour of T.V. you watch (aka, sit through) takes 22 minutes off of your life. Smoking a cigarette takes 11 minutes. You wouldn't knowingly let your kid smoke, so why do you let him sit for prolonged periods of time?  "It's isn't (all) about...the gym," says Brynn Harrington. "Bike to the grocery store...park in the back of the lot."

5) Make and freeze double meals. It costs less and is healthier to cook at home. (Duh.) And if you're making something, it's not all that time consuming to just double the recipe. On average, dinner takes me 10 minutes to prepare: I heat up the pre-made meal and make a fresh vegetable. After all, diet is more important than exercise. Can you say, "CROCK POT?!"

6) Get rid of the sugary drinks. We are lucky to live in a country with clean, filtered water. Buying pop, juice, and energy drinks is costly and adds a TON of unnecessary sugar to your diet.

Deep down, you are the only one who knows your situation. You know if you're doing right by your family (and yourself), or if there's room for improvement.

While I'll never be fashion model skinny, I know that I'm my kid's #1 role model. He will put into practice whatever I teach him. Can I truly say that I'm my best version of his mother without modeling healthy eating and an active lifestyle?

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