I do – quite genuinely – love how America pumps its citizens full of drugs as children and then gives them guns and inferiority complexes when they don’t grow up to be rock stars and movie stars or a Kardashian. It’s like we’re actually living in the first twenty minutes of an apocalypse movie and Morgan Freeman is narrating this.
Not saying we should all move to France – I’m just saying they have their shit (mostly) together and we should be taking some notes.
“Children are not allowed, for example, to snack whenever they want. Mealtimes are at four specific times of the day. French children learn to wait patiently for meals, rather than eating snack foods whenever they feel like it.”
I don’t know, snacking is important to me so France sounds pretty awful.
The idea that France…FRANCE has its shit mostly together based on anecdata (from a notoriously shoddy and ridiculous publication) about food and ADHD is monumentally, horrifyingly short sighted. France is as much of a basketcase as any other nation, as much as is the US, albeit in different ways.
That is just such a culturally myopic perspective to take.
mmm, that article is a piece of work. they know the answer, right in the second paragraph, the point is france doesn’t have an adhd epidemic because they have different diagnosis standards. she says it right there, american have a tendency to ‘pathologize’ more, which maybe not that good, but it’s just guidelines and doctors, nothing to do with snacks and parents. It’s like if French people decided you have fever at 105, then boom, stats plummet, and suddenly french kids are healthier because they don’t snack or shit like that.
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