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 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.
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.
@Utah RepublicanI 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 testsEisenhower administration: 68 testsKennedy
administration: 31 testsOpen-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.
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.
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?