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Published: Saturday, March 29 2014 11:01 a.m. MDT

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Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

So the challenge then is how to help avert our upcoming generation from obesity if parents aren't setting proper nutrition in the home? Many conservatives, such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, have criticized Michelle Obama's health and fitness initiatives among poor children, but let's face it -- these are the groups that tend to become obese due to poor fast food diets, and then have to rely on government programs to take care of their inevitable illnesses, such as diabetes.

I was reading an article recently about specific states with the highest obesity, and they tend to be in the deep south. The health and fitness movement is common among upper-middle and higher classes, but the same cultural values are needed amongst the poorer classes if America isn't saddled with a generation of kids needing more and more ObamaCare.

Schools send letters home when kids are not doing well in school or have social/behavioral issues. Perhaps health should be a part of that realm of issues that schools should monitor as well.

The Utah Republican
Alpine, UT

The biggest problem with this kind of thing is that the "acceptable range" of BMI wasn't chosen scientifically. It was chosen politically. The implementation is an experiment using children as research subjects. That's immoral.

But the government did it before. Remember when they tested open air nuclear weapons and tracked the fallout over our Utah cities? The same party was in the Presidency too.

Darmando
Parker, CO

If you actually read the article, the utah republican, you would understand the total failure of logic in your link to atomic testing, but, nice try. You are predictable. Childhood obesity is a national security issue however. It is also a ticking fiscal time bomb as the health care costs of overweight children and adults are much higher than those of average childhood and adult weight. Nobody likes to be told they are fat, especially because they already know it, but it is an important issue to tactfully address earlier rather than later in life. Overweight paople become everyone's problem.

The Skeptical Chymist
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@Utah Republican

I don't know about when the fallout over Utah cities was tracked, but open-air testing occurred under both Republican and Democratic administrations. I looked this up, and as far as open-air tests over the continental U.S. is concerned, here are the totals:

Truman administration: 23 tests
Eisenhower administration: 68 tests
Kennedy administration: 31 tests

Open-air testing was halted under the Kennedy administration.

Is your post supposed to somehow impugn the Democrats and exonerate the Republicans? The facts don't bear this out, with regard to open-air testing, especially because the practice was ended under a Democratic administration.

The Utah Republican
Alpine, UT

During the Truman administration, children were sent out to play in the fallout. They were given film test badges to measure their exposure. That kind of experimentation is very similar to the "intervention" that's happening in the schools right now. The ideas weren't tested on willing subjects with parental consent before they were implemented, (Yes I did read the article.) The government felt a need to intervene, and so they did.

The philosophy that we are the property and responsibility of the government is a Democratic idea, not a Republican one.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Remember the day when moms would check for obesity, and send their child with a lunch box to school?

Has our schools become mommy and daddy?

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