I swear if I had any hair on my head I would have pulled it out upon reading the following:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Schools may need more money and regulators may need more authority to help America’s children from spiraling into obesity, experts and politicians told Congress on Tuesday.
What? “Fat Police”?
Children need help to get away from television and video games and outside to walk, play and exercise, they said. And corporations can help with programs aimed at educating kids about good nutrition and exercise, they added.
Um, how about parents turning off the television and booting their kids outside?
More than 9 million U.S. children are obese, meaning their health is at serious risk. Another 15 percent of all children are overweight.
But hey, there’s nothing wrong with being grossly overweight, it’s my right as an American
Not only do they risk being fat all their lives, doctors say, but they have a higher than average risk of heart disease and diabetes.
So much for the argument that obesity does not help increase health insurance costs
“Half-measures won’t work. It has to be a comprehensive national response. It is a clarion call to Congress for us to act boldly.” [said Tom Harkin]
I’m picturing the Justice League right about now.
Last week, the Institute of Medicine (news – web sites) said it would take a full national effort to battle childhood obesity. The independent group, which advises the federal government on health matters, said food and drink labels need be clearer. It also asked restaurants to come up with more healthy alternatives for children.
A national effort… how about individual efforts: each parent of each child?
Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd said he hoped the House could be persuaded to pass a bill introduced in the Senate last year aimed at reducing obesity, particularly among children and adolescents.
We need a bill to do this? What have we come to?
The bill, sponsored by Frist, Dodd and Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman (news, bio, voting record) of New Mexico, would authorize $60 million for a demonstration community obesity program and give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news – web sites) more authority to gather information on childhood fitness levels.
Tell you what, I’ll do it for $30 million. Stop feeding your kids fast food, give them water, not soda when they’re thirsty, don’t have friggin’ dessert every night, go for a walk/bikeride after dinner.
The CDC’s Dixie Snider said the formula for obesity is clear — eating more calories than are burned off with exercise. But more research is needed on how to get people to change their habits in a world where they are surrounded by rich food and comforts.
No, really? Are you sure I can’t just fix this by popping a pill?
Sorry for the rant, but this is REALLY one of my pet peeves. I’ve watched parents give 3 yr olds change for the soda machine. Let’s get them addicted to sugar nice and early, shall we? I’ve actually said something once or twice and I just get the “Yeah, I know, I shouldn’t let him drink that huh?” with a head nod.
Are people really so ignorant that they don’t realize what constitutes an unhealthy diet? Do they really think they can eat unlimited quantities of food, sit on the couch all night after sitting at work all day and not get fat? What’s funny is how much money is made in this country selling fat-loss products… That tells me people don’t WANT to be overweight, they just want a miracle to fix the problem.
It’s thermodynamics, folks: Calories in vs. calories out, and IMHO it’s child abuse to take what would be a normal child and through your guidance turn them obese. My daughter has known the difference between a carb, a fat, and a protein since she was 5, and she knows that if she macks out 24/7 on junk food/sweets it’s unhealthy and fattening.
At school the kids look at her funny when she brings in a thermos of soup, apple slices and some almonds while they eat their pre-packaged processed cheese-food with hydrogenated oil crackers and a coke.
Sure, she’s crazy for chocolate (who isn’t?) but we only treat ourselves 2-3 times a week with a small portion and I’m confident that she’ll carry good eating habits into adulthoold.
At what point do we just abdicate total responsibility for raising our kids to government and/or the schools???