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Born to Run

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I know we’re pretty “funny” sometimes, but I watched this and it scared the shit out of me.

I hope it does for you too.

Let’s give them their 5 years back. May our lives never be the same.


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45 Responses to “Born to Run”

  1. Wout Mertens says:

    Let’s stop feeding our children all these refined carbohydrates and plant-toxin laden grain- and bean derived products first instead of pretending they don’t move enough. I’m looking at you, bread, sugar, canola or soybean oil!

    Google paleo or primal diet and do some research before telling me I’m wrong πŸ™‚

    • You’re not wrong!! Kids who eat sugar, carbs, toxins and canned overcooked vegetables with little nutrition left in them do not FEEL like moving. Kids who are allowed to sit, zombefied in front of television screens and video games do not feel like moving. Kids who eat healthy, whole food and are encouraged to interact with their environment — you can’t STOP them from moving.

    • Jamie H says:

      I think it’s a combo of the way we eat and the tech world we live in. However, I STRONGLY believe that the food we eat plays more of a role in diseases these days than our lack of movement.

    • charlie says:

      LOL. Bread, sugar, high fructose corn syrup and all the others are an evil gang.

  2. Steve says:

    Very sad and scary.

    My 14-month old son is the primary reason I am more assiduously following a “primal” way of eating and exercising.

    Hopefully this can serve as a wake-up call to change our lifestyle behaviors—reduce stress, move more and ditch the loads of carbs/sugar (yes even whole grains) that are resulting in chronic inflammation and hyperinsulinemia–leading directly to diabetes, heart disease and cancers.

    My hope is to get the crap out of the house and model good eating and exercise habits for my boy, so we may both grow old together. I love the little dude!

  3. Oh, god. YEEESSS. I’m looking at YOU, lady on the train giving your kid Cheetos at 9am. πŸ™

    • charlie says:

      Cheetos at 9am????

    • Amber says:

      My daughter chooses veggies over junk food 99.9% of the time. Once in a while, she (GASP) eats a bag of Doritos……FOR BREAKFAST….especially if we are on a special trip! Yep. Guess what? She is the top of her class and her body is perfectly proportioned. She ASKS to go for a run or to go to the YMCA, etc, and she is very active. Teaching moderation is a great key here. Don’t judge off of one little bag of cheetos. Mom’s need a break, not more moms to tear them down.

  4. Jan says:

    Still can’t get out of my head the scary picture of 22years old mom we saw in the mall couple of months ago. She fed her (not even a year old) baby boy with McDonnald french fries.

    • Christina says:

      Hey! I fend my 7 month old french fries while she was trying to plunge her pudgy hands in my delicious sunny side up eggs and waiting for the waitress to bring us a banana to smash for her.

      Potatos are quite high in folic acid. Yummy for babies and mommies alike.

      BTW, to the paleo peeps – where do root “veggies” fall in the paleo diet? Seems like foraging for edible roots would fall in this. Maybe not deep fried, but potatoes should be an acceptable starch.

  5. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It’s so important to be aware of what we’re doing to our children. This statistic is so scary. My inspiration every single day is that we all have the power to change it. Feeding our kids real food, reducing sugar intake significantly, and getting outside and playing (aka exercise) is all that it will take to turn these numbers around.

    At my daughter’s school, they have shared snack every day. Each parent takes a turn providing the ‘healthy snack’. Last week, they had rice krispie treats, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, popsicles, and cupcakes. This week, I worked with the school to create a ‘healthy snack guideline’ that lists the acceptable foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables as well as low sugar, whole grain, whole foods. If everyone does their part, we can make a difference in our children’s health and wellbeing – short term and long term.

    • Wout says:

      Awesome that you could convince the school! There is simply so much unawareness of how much diet influences us.

      People don’t realize that our body is made 100% out of food.

      Looks like there are children that are made partly out of Cheetos or popsicles πŸ™

    • Lacey S says:

      I HOPE what the other parents were doing wasn’t so much being completely ignorant as to what “healthy” was, as hoping to have their kids somehow score “awesome” points with the other kids… in a way that just snowballed. Or it was the perception that healthy, whole-grain what’s nots take too much work. I really hope that’s what it was… otherwise the healthy snack at school might be all those kids get….

  6. Jan says:

    Still can’t get out of my head the scary picture of twentysomething mom we saw in the mall couple of months ago. She fed her (not even a year old) baby boy with McDonnald french fries.

  7. Wendy says:

    It’s not just about diet (although my household tries to eat organically, non-GMO, seasonally, and local) – it’s also about exercise – diet is only a third of the problem.
    We need to have FUN with our kids, teach them how to enjoy being active.
    We came from the UK to North America so that we could expose our kids to as many possibilities as we could.
    Two sports/activities a year (DD is a preschooler) and we camp, hike, geocache, ride bikes etc.

    If we all engage in fun active activities as a family, it seems less a chore, and more natural.

    Hiking and photography plants…
    … geocaching…
    … camping… πŸ™‚ All fun natural healthy activities.

    • Wendy says:

      Scuse the typos… πŸ˜‰

    • Wout says:

      I agree that movement is important, but in my opinion diet is in fact the #1 problem, and actually causes children to want to move less.

      I lost weight and gained tons of energy simply by changing the things I eat… Not even the amount I eat. (No seed/bean derived products including oils; minimize sugar; eat more nutritious foods like greens, potatoes, carrots, eggs, fish, liver…)

      • charlie says:

        I’m sort of divided. We can start moving with whatever diet we have. For me, getting involved in activities helped give me a reason to improve my diet.

        • Christina says:

          Research would actually back you up, Charlie. Exercise makes it easier on our brains to change how we eat. Fewer cravings for bad foods, higher cravings for fruits and veggies…

  8. I remember getting out into our backyard and making forts or riding horses for hours when I was a kid. I hope that the life that we’re setting up for Little A is going to give her a similar experience and maybe even prolong her life…

  9. Mo says:

    I think diet is a HUGE factor and one that people are more likely to not make the effort on or even understand. Exercise and play is definitely the other side of it. I think a lot of parents are more likely to have their kids in team sports and outside playing than eating organic, non-gmo, unprocessed, homecooked foods. We try to do both as best we can and this video DOES scare me. It scares me how hard I have to try to feed my kids healthy food and how easy it is to access crap “food” everywhere. We love being active, hiking, going for family walks, playing outside with our neighbors, bike rides, kayaking on the lake, camping, etc. Soooo many families don’t eat well or do all of the stuff we like to do. We are labeled as “outdoorsy” but I think it’s just being normal and active with our bodies. I don’t like being dirty or bit by bugs, I love showering, but I also love being outside and moving and getting away from all the electronics we have a hard time not touching when we are at home. I love when I have no cell reception and I’m forced to forget about my phone and just pay attention to the here and now.

  10. AJ Pursell says:

    Whoa whoa whoa… the next generation is supposed to die before ours, and food is to blame? We were raised on cheerios and rice krispie treats, and McDonald’s, and soda. That’s not what I got from the empty pool, the decrepit soccer net, the balls locked up. The food isn’t the problem, it’s the lack of physical activity.

    The comments here are why I read STFU parents to make sure I don’t turn into an annoying holier than though helicopter parent.

    • Karyyk says:

      While I agree with you to a point as far as the diet and lack of physical activity (how many kids these days would rather sit around with their iPad instead of going out and playing with their friends?), I think the sheer amount of bad things being fed to kids these days is a lot higher than when I was younger. Sure, I remember the sweet breakfast cereals and sodas (which my parents didn’t allow until I was 8 or so), McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, etc., but that wasn’t every day. We ate out once, maybe twice a week (special occasion), tops. Some people these days never cook, and when they do, it’s something out of a box or can that has sodium levels approaching that of the Dead Sea (slight exaggeration). Diet alone isn’t going to do the job, but neither will activity alone (skinny people get clogged arteries too).

      At any rate, this isn’t really about diet, it’s the activity. Not a fan of scare tactics, which this definitely approaches, but the sad fact is that most people don’t respond to being educated. You have to get their attention first.

  11. Very scary. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Chelsey says:

    So, I just teared up. Sharing this.

    P.S. I love the girl, “I’d probably build a helicopter. Out of wood. But, I don’t have any wood. “

  13. TO says:

    I remember when healthy food was cheaper than the box/canned food. I remember when snacks were veggies and not ho ho’s. I remember when a small soda at McD’s was only 8oz and not 16oz. I remember when mom would kick us out all day long because we were bored being inside and annoying her complaining we were bored. Now being outside is boring. I remember when having a garden in your back yard was all the rage.

    Now my old neighborhood looks hundreds of years old because the new owners are too lazy to paint or cut down the weeds in the yard or even try to keep grass growing.

    I miss when others took pride in their possessions and not worried about social media or their popularity on the internet. I miss being personal meant walking to your neighbors house and having coffee together. Now it’s playing games together on Facebook a means to be connected. Phone call are also being a distant pass and text messaging is being a dominate way communicating.

    • Lhug says:

      *cough* healthy food IS cheaper than canned. It just doesn’t look and feel that way because you need to buy larger amounts (packaging sizes and all).

      But if you crunch the numbers, you’ll see that it still is.

      At least it is in Germany, I have NO idea how it is in the states.

      And being outside is NEVER boring. There are playgrounds everywhere, those are fun – even if you just go watch others play.

  14. What a scary statistic. I’m so glad I have the time and means to spend time outside with my kids – I wish everyone was so lucky.

  15. BocoKurt says:

    Does anyone know the source of the data for that video? I did some searching on “US Life Expectancy” and the only thing I see are some stories about life expectancy declining for poor whites and white women. (

    Life expectancy questions aside, there’s no doubt that kids need to have better food in the bodies and be more active. And it starts with us adults… about 2/3 of us are overweight.

    • Darren says:

      I question the source too. If you search for projected US life expectancy, there’s plenty of data that suggests that life expectancies are going to continue to rise.

  16. I think the real issue here is sedentary lifestyle leads to an early grave. Nutrition certainly plays a part but eating poorly doesn’t cause your heart and lungs to atrophy. If kids aren’t developing a love for movement in the early years, they certainly won’t feel any motivation to get into it as adults.

    • Wout says:

      I may be only a single example, but as I kid I always sat around reading; I only moved when I was on skis and that was downhill.

      Our body is 100% made out of food, and needs constant repairing/regrowing. You cannot have a healthy body if it doesn’t get the nutrients it needs.

      Our current diet:
      – Overfeeds our gut bacteria (through highly refined carbs)
      – Undernourishes (by providing many “empty calories”)
      – Inflames (by several avenues – seed/bean toxins, fructose, high omega-6 oils)

      You don’t have to believe me, go google paleo diet or the individual keywords. Don’t trust any source that claims to have the final answer.

  17. Andrew says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. My wife an I have always spoken about trying to get more active with our kids (we have three under six) but for some reason it always gets delayed… but not any more we are going to make it a priority. Time to get our the bikes, buy a canoe and go camping

  18. Pam says:

    I would like to build a helicopter out of wood but I don’t have any wood!!! HAHAHA!!

  19. Emily says:

    As someone who is about to graduate with a BS in Nutrition and Food Science I find other’s beliefs on good nutrition very interesting. This just shows me exactly how hard my job is going to be with so many people believing in eating a certain way. Sigh. With that said the video does not surprise me but still saddens me. I hope that during my career I can change lives and give them not just 5 but 10 more years (or even more :D).

  20. Desiree says:

    My kids don’t eat sugar, they don’t watch television, they don’t play video games, and they have happy, active lives. I say they’ll be fine. Each of our kids is our own responsibility to help attain the best possible life they can have in the circumstances YOU live in. I’m doing the best I can on a single working mom’s budget and time.

  21. Lhug says:

    Strange. By the way the comments section is made, you’d guess that the entire report would be unnecessary.

    Face the facts, people. Most of you are not as active as you should be. And yes, I am including myself.

    Most of you are not feeding your kids as “healthy” as necessary. Again, I am included.

    Most of you claim to forbid TV, video games sugar and whatnot, but let’s face it – if your kid is yelling and whining and crying your ears away, you give in. And so do I.

    But all this is not the problem. The problem is – in my opinion at least – even deeper. It is the mind-numbing experience of routine, of one day following the last, never changing, always trying to get you down. This grates on psyche, takes energy away, and what little leisure time you have you mostly spend exhausted in front of the TV (or a book, or a table with dinner – take your pick, the important part is exhausted and sitting).

    And that is where it starts. Everything else is secondary. It is no use to start being “active” with your kid or giving “a healthy diet of [insert food here]”, if you don’t FEEL it. And as long as you don’t feel the rush of fun surging through your veins as you happily start running after your children, as long as you don’t feel the excitement of combined eating while trying to feed your kid – all this other crap is relatively useless.

    How you get there is YOUR problem. I found my way in this.

    Strange, I know, but it helps a LOT when dealing with little overcharged minimen running rampant through an apartment (and adjacent streets).

    For the TL:DR section:

    Problem’s in your mind first. Get that fixed and THEN think about the rest.

  22. Helena Kingwill says:

    Interesting that all the comments here, recon the threat to the children of today is the food they are eating now. The first thought i had, was that our environment will be so compremised by the time they are adults, that they will be facing mass droughts, extreme weather temperatures, water shortages, a completely different economy. There will be no edible fish left in the sea. The sea may in fact be dead, according to statistics and facts now. The food they are eating now are the results of the machine that is creating the environmental crisis that may shorten their years by 5 years…. or a lot more. And it will not only affect them. It will affect us too. Time to start getting pro-active. Grow your own gardens. Change is on the horizon.

  23. What SCARES me is that they ask the question but don’t give any suggestions.

    The kids are cute but if the video creator goes past the “why are you asking me this” and actually tell kids what they can do, maybe we’d get more kids away from all the electronics their parents have showered on them and they’d get out to play, see people, eat better, and more.

    Personally, I’d like to know what the conclusion (or thesis) of this video is based on. Very curious.

    Charlie Seymour Jr

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