Squawk of the Day - April 22, 2012

"The schools are not the main reason there is a problem with childhood obesity. The main problem is lazy parents who let their kids stay inside in front of the TV eating snacks instead of taking them outside."

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Cartman 3 years, 4 months ago

It is the result of choices that parents make. It is also a result of lazy parents who feed their kids fast food. Kids turn out in part as a product of their environment, which includes their parent's judgement calls. But it is not Michelle Obama or the federal government's business.


VSU 3 years, 4 months ago

Some neighborhoods are not safe enough to have your kids playing outside, unless they are good at avoiding speeding cars or dodging bullets.


mickey811 3 years, 4 months ago

Childhood obesity is a problem becasue it is cheaper to buy a McDouble from McDonalds than it is to buy healthier foods from a grocery store. Yes there are parents that do not push their children to go outside and run and play, but I agree with VSU. Sometimes its safer to play inside.


waltspecht 3 years, 4 months ago

Overweight children are the result of an affluent society. When you don't have to do anything but play computer games, and watch TV, why would you exercise? Let alone eat whats good for you instead what you like. It's so much easier not to argue with the kids and force them to eat good, just give them what they like and everything is OK. One of the best things about spending Summers on a working Dairy Farm was being in good shape when I returned to the City, and not many tried to pick on me. Those that did, usually lost. Now I don't see many Farm Children in good shape because it all has become so mechanized. No square bales, a milk parlor instead of carrying milk to the milk house. Bulk feed and fertilizer deliveries. No hoeing and weeding the vegetable garden, let alone carrying spring water to the garden. I don't think most would know what a manure fork was for, let alone a silage fork. Yes, you have to thank computers and mechanization for some of the overweight problems. Mine didn't start until I started working with my head instead of my hands.


dingleberry 3 years, 4 months ago

In addition to products of an "affluent society", there are many obese kids and parents that are third generation products of The Great Society.

Many of obese kids are on food stamps which are used to buy junk and any food item not requiring serious cooking. Look at the receipts thrown in the grocery store parking lots or get behind the "big'uns" pushing the carts filled with such items and look at the type payment offered at checkout. Mama may even be riding the Hoveround provided by us because she is on SS disability, due to weight induced health issues, or the abundance of electric carts provided by the store. And the children will likely follow her bad leadership down the fat road. Certainly not a case of kids, or others, not getting enough to eat. Rather, it is a matter of poor choices perpetuated.


justme 3 years, 4 months ago

Childhood obesity ? Makes no difference the "payment", as there fat kids and grown up persons just as fat all over the USA.


erudite 3 years, 4 months ago

Having struggled with 'weight' issues my entire life, and only once-a very long time ago-been the recipient of food stamps, I can say that weight issues can be the result of not enough to eat and/or very poor choices when food is available.
I grew up in a time when the focus was on calories: the more calories in, the fatter. So logically, the less calories in the skinnier, right? Wrong, very wrong. The body's metabolism shuts down and stores what it has as fat because it does not know when the next meal (with nutrients) is coming. Ever see those 'starving children' in the advertisements? Notice the big bellies? That is their body storing what it can. When empty calories are purchased because they are cheaper than nutritious foods or they are calories that are 'cook easy' or not at all, we will continue to see obesity rates rise. I can buy an 8 pack of hot dogs (no nutrition just high sodium and fat content) and buns for less than three dollars and feed 8 people. How far will $3 go for vegetables, soy based products, low sodium products, low fats products, beef, chicken? As far as activity goes, how about we bring back physical education to schools? While we are at it, art and music too.


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