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Junk food laws in schools may curb child obesity


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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 14, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    ‘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 example.

  • nhsaint PETERBOROUGH, NH
    Aug. 13, 2012 7:47 p.m.

    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!

  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    Aug. 13, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    "What are the downsides of improving the food environment for children today?" Dr. David Ludwig

    Since 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!