Yes, I know that it is important to eat healthy and be active, but the mother's approach still somewhat flabbergasted me. Having dealt with eating and body dysmorphic disorders for many years, one of my major goal as a mom, especially to girls, is to raise them healthy and happy. We teach them healthy eating habits, but sweets are always allowed. And while I couldn't agree more with the mom that they should take the stairs whenever possible, I don't agree at all with her reasoning. Pre-teens are often so sensitive when it comes to weight and body image, and being told that she had to "work off that piece of cake" does not sound very supportive to me, especially since the girl did not look as if she had any weight issues.
Why is it not possible to enjoy a treat without thinking on "levelling it out"? Why do people feel the necessity to connect food with guilt and as a consequence excercise instead of enjoying both without that link? Am I overly sensitive or is this an increasingly serious issue?