You may have seen the commercials for The Learning Channel’s (TLC) heavily promoted new series, “Honey We’re Killing the Kids!” The 13-week show, which premieres Monday evening, is of special interest to readers dedicated to eating well and organic living: Thirteen families have children whose eating habits are out of control, with nonstop diets of junk food and oversized portions.
Hosted by Dr. Lisa Hark, a medical nutritionist and author of the new book, The Whole Grain Diet Miracle, the series offers a startling look at the causes of America’s childhood obesity epidemic, issuing a wake-up call for parents. Using state-of-the-art computer imaging, she gives them a frightening look at their children’s future faces. She then works with parents to change their ways and give their kids a healthy diet and active lifestyle. The family has three weeks to overhaul its bad habits under her direction, following her straightforward rules:
- Sack the sugar.
- Family eats together.
- Set a bedtime routine.
- Limit TV hours.
- Exercise together.
The series “taps into the family experience, capturing the emotionally charged moments that moms and dads across the country face every day as they juggle schedules and make critical parenting choices,” says TLC General Manager David Abraham. “Viewers will be captivated by each family’s struggles and challenges, but will also be armed with a wealth of easily incorporated information for better nutrition and exercise habits that can be used in their own lives.”
Tune in each week to see which families can correct their nutritional attitudes and habits.
Dr. Hark’s photo courtesy of TLC (Scott Gries/Getty Images)