“Put More Meat on Your Bones”
Recently, my daughter’s bus driver and one of her neighborhood friends told her that she needs to get some more “meat on her bones”. At 10 years old, she took that advice to heart and came home to ask me if she is too skinny.
Both females offering advice are overweight. Being in the south, the most prevalent food culture is southern food. Meals that our family is used to eating occasionally on holidays is a daily staple in some southern households. In my explanation to her about how she is healthy and perfect the way she is, I questioned a couple things myself.
Being healthy, active and lean is looked down upon. Southern people often look down at a person like that thinking they need to eat more. In schools, obesity is the majority rather than the few minority I was used to seeing growing up. Is this a cultural or generational difference?
Since there is more access to farms and livestock here, the assumption is that there is more healthy food options. Is the main issue bad eating options or cultural norms that promote an unhealthy relationship to food at an early age?