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.