I am a bit overwhelmed as of late. I have been doing lots of research, reading, watching and writing on media, ministry, and teens. I have also found a love of the documentary. I just finished watching a trailer for a documentary that disturbs me. Although, SuperSize me, focused on the obesity of America through McDonalds. This documentary focuses on how our society is creating “SuperConsumers.”
We feel this pressure as parents, I surely understand it from my childhood experiences, but when I watch what is being promoted and fed to American children through the “Tube.” My knees get weak and my eyes swell up. I want to throw the TV out the window. I want to move to Alaska or Iceland and live at the foot of some mountain. It breaks my heart to see kids forget how to play, how to show grace and mercy to one another. I want to scream, STOP!
My heart aches for the millions of children who will grow to be adults and not know how to say “NO” to stuff, to things! The rise in weight related illness amongst children is staggering. Kids are sedating themselves to death, and the collective ‘we’ as parents are allowing it to happen. But The cycle has started, how can we break it?
(Here is the trailer to Consuming Kids)