"What are the downsides of improving the food environment for children
today?" Dr. David LudwigSince when is it your responsibility as
the government to dictate what my children can eat? More importantly, I have yet
to hear an explanation as to why the BMI is a good measuring stick. It's a
completely subjective measure on where someone "thinks" a person should
be based on height/weight.Let parents do the parenting please!
When I grew up, there were no vending machines in schools. We had gym daily for
45 minutes- it was mandatory. I remember two overweight children in my entire 13
years in school. Nobody cried about the fact that only nutritious foods were
served at lunch. Nobody claimed that the government was controlling people. It
was just good, sound childrearing that was extended to the school day.Now I am a high school teacher, and about 40% of the children are OBESE (more
than 20% over the BMI for their height). Not just overweight! If we factor in
the overweight kids, they are about 60% of the school population. I regularly
have girls who are MORBIDLY OBESE- 100 pounds or more overweight- in my classes.
The students have vending machines throughout the school that they
can access at any time. They can bring bags of candy and junk foods to munch on
at any time. Gym is only required for one year. Clearly parents and
schools are failing our children in terms of providing healthful foods and
activity. The results are lifelong issues with weight and an overburdened health
care system. We all need to support healthy eating for kids!
‘Junk food laws in schools may curb child obesity’--(Let's
re-phrase:)"excessive spending laws in government may curb
nations debt obesity"Those who make the laws, should set the