Instead of the children caring for there elders, the elders may be caring for the children. How sad.
I have only one child. I do not allow her to eat much sugar. She is only four, will be five in little over a month. She is not allowed soda, very little candy and such. I buy her lots of fruit and vegetables for snacks. She eats grapes, bananas, oranges, mandarin oranges, apples, pears, olives, and on and on. It is expensive but very worth it I think. She drinks lots of milk, and juice. She is growing like a weed and skinny. She is in the 95 to 100 percentile range for her height and age. Papa bear is very tall of course. She does love McDonald's which I hate myself for taking her to, but all in all I think I do a pretty good job.
I'm not sure what my point is here, but I think we all owe it to our children to raise them healthy. What they do when they are adults is there choice but we should not lead them down the wrong path. I have argued many time with my girlfriend about how she raises her other three children. I tell her that we (parents) are preparing them for life as an adult. This means you can not just let them be kids while they are kids and expect them to have the tools and experience needed to live responsibly, hold a job, and take care of themselves when the turn 18 like magic. I learned the hard way though, just to mind my own business. Like a mama bear and cubs in the woods, mama bear can be unpredictable.