Another report on hyperparenting. The New York Times reports the emergence of children with such strongly instilled food concerns they are afraid to eat. Doctors have coined the term orthorexia for the phenomenon.
Recently, I passed a mother and child of about 3 or 4 years old standing before a pretzel vendor. Here is the conversation I overheard:
Child: “Mommy, I want a pretzel! I want a pretzel!”
Mother: “Jennifer, a pretzel is 300 calories. Are you sure you want to spend 300 calories on a pretzel?”
Child: “I want a pretzel! I want a pretzel!”
Mother: “Jennifer, I want you to think about this. If you spend 300 calories on the pretzel, you won’t have those calories left for later.”
Child: “I want a pretzel! I want a pretzel”
I don’t know whether the child received the pretzel. But whatever happened to “No, you’ll spoil your appetite”?