Do children "fat" because of lax upbringing?
Boris Palmer knows what was good for him back then
Created: 12/30/2022, 13:05
By: Niklas Noack
Tübingen's Lord Mayor Boris Palmer has commented on the lack of exercise among children.
He revealed what had been good for him personally at the time.
Tübingen – It is a classic reproach from older generations towards young people: children no longer play outside, instead they just sit at home in front of the Playstation.
But in fact, young people do not exercise enough, which has been made worse by the corona pandemic.
recently reported that children are increasingly suffering from obesity, motor deficits and eating disorders.
Boris Palmer took this text as an opportunity to talk about his own youth - and what was good for him back then.
Under the heading "Work or obesity?" he writes on Facebook how he helped his father at the weekly market when he was ten and spent the summer holidays there, reports BW24.
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“It was physically demanding work, significantly more than the ten hours maximum working time permitted by law.
I enjoyed it and, looking back, I would even say that it was good for me and helped me to talk to people easily, to develop a work ethic and not to blare about every little thing," explains Palmer, who is responsible for the work at the weekly market had to get up at three in the morning.
Tübingen's Lord Mayor Boris Palmer chatted about his childhood.
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Things that are difficult from a legal point of view.
Tübingen's OB Palmer also knows this and says: "If I think back to my childhood, then by today's standards of sensitivity it is probably a violation of human rights in connection with falling below the minimum wage and violating the Working Hours Act."
On the Internet, many blame the so-called “helicopter parents” for the lack of movement
However, in his post, Palmer doubts how accurate the rules should be.
He writes: "If, on the other hand, I read how many children are getting fat at home, with the best observance of all regulations and children's rights, then I ask myself whether something is fundamentally wrong in our society."
Statements for which Palmer gets a lot of approval online.
Someone comments: "Children's obesity problem often starts with their sedentary and exercise-shy parents, who cart their children everywhere and set an example of an existence that moves between sofa, television, car and dining table." Another also speaks of " Helicopter parents" who bring their "offspring a few hundred meters to school." Meanwhile, another Facebook user is certain: "It has never hurt a child or young person to lend a hand."
However, it is debatable whether the solution to children's lack of physical activity should really be work.
But it would always be healthier if young people actually went into the forest and built a tree house instead of toiling away or playing Playstation.