Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Dealing With Childhood Obesity

Screen shot 2013-02-28 at 3.35.03 PMPublished February 2013: Mom.Me

Dealing With Childhood Obesity
‘Eat right’ and other tips to help your kids achieve a healthy weight

Article Excerpt:

When a child is dealing with obesity, it’s imperative that parents understand the emotional and physical challenges he faces regularly. “Speaking from experience, there are few things more painful than being an obese child or teen,” said Dee McCaffrey, organic chemist and author of “The Science of Skinny,” of Tempe, Arizona. Continue reading


February 28, 2013 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , | Leave a comment

Fatty Choices, Fatty Patterns

Fast_foodI’ve fought weight gain since I can remember – my family has taken note of my “Oprah Syndrome,” too. One year I’m skinny, the next I’m not. My kids, too, have fluctuated as well as seasons come and go. I’m not a doctor and I don’t pretend to be one. But, I am an observer and I do notice trends, habits, and behaviors of people, including myself.

So, when I read of studies about how childhood obesity is completely genetic, I get angry. Obesity, beyond medical conditions, is primarily a result of behaviors and choices. If you eat French fries on a regular basis, you will gain weight. If you consume three doughnuts for breakfast each day, more than likely, you will gain weight. We make the choice whether or not to eat healthy and our kids follow suit. Continue reading

August 14, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting | , , , , , , | Leave a comment