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Kids, Holidays, and Sugar (Pedcast)

Doc Smo here. Thank you for joining me today. I am fortunate to have many patients who are new immigrants to the the US.  I care for the children of many families who, just a few years ago, lived in India, China, Taiwan, Iran, France, Germany, and the UK just to mention a few. Charlotte is becoming a very diverse place, with it’s rapid growth. It is definitely not the little sleepy southern town I moved to 33 years ago. I was talking to a mother from Taiwan the other day, which happened to be a few days before Easter. She made the comment that holidays in America are very different from those she experienced where she grew up. Here, holiday always means lots of candy and sweets. When she was a child, that just wasn’t true.  Here ,every holiday is an excuse to have candy, soda, cake, ice cream etc etc. She had also noticed that children are rewarded in America for every accomplishment with candy; good grades, winning of a sporting event, birthdays, end of the school year or just about everything.  Sugar, sugar, sugar!  You can’t get out of a store without your child being tempted by a huge display of candy at the checkout counter and the frequent argument that this candy precipitates. Continue reading