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Squawk of the Day - June16, 2012

"We had sweetened drinks in the ‘50s and ‘60s, but we didn’t have a lot of overweight kids. That tells me the problem is not sweetened drinks."

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chinaberry25 1 year, 10 months ago

Yes, the drinks will cause overweightness. We did not have them in the schools, or huge sizes to drink. We sat down to lunch or dinner and usually had tea or water. But the lack of exercise is what is wrong with kids today. They sit at video games and play all day. I tried Pepsi Next which has less sugar and is great. All sodas could follow suit. Use less sugar.

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LuLu 1 year, 10 months ago

Also in the 50s and 60s we had running and jumping and playing and working outside in the fresh air and sunshine, and NO computers or videogames. Hmmmmm.......

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 10 months ago

The problem is parents who sue school systems, cities, counties and states when their children get hurt doing something stupid on playground equipment. The problem isn't what our children are eating and drinking, but sue happy parents who won't discipline their kids when they do something stupid.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

Kids were sent OUTSIDE to work and play all day.....not staying in the house on the computer or a cell phone all day either.

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bigbob 1 year, 10 months ago

They are intitled to sit on their a$$es all day while we go out & work for them. Albany is the best example I know of, look around you. Set at a convience store for 15 minutes some day & watch the people buy lottery tickets, this happens all day long everyday. Who do you really think is paying for them tickets. The dumb working man.

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rock 1 year, 10 months ago

In the fifties and early 60's a 20 ounce bottle of soft drink was for a family of four, a hamburger was 3 ounces of beef loaded with tomatoes lettuce and onion, and fries were at the most 20 on the plate. Now we give a child a 44oz drink, to wash down his mega pack of skittles or hershey kisses, then we go get a fast food meal with a burger the size of an adult head with unlimited fries and drinks. Unless you are at a job burning off 5 to 6 THOUSAND calories a day we cannot burn off those calories.

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Cartman 1 year, 10 months ago

We also didn't have a government that thought they could dictate our personal habits. It was a free country. Airliners had ashtrays. Cars didn't have seatbelts. Little League teams went to games in the backs of pickup trucks. Helmets on bicycles? Please. Kids could shoot squirrels with .22 rifles in the woods near their homes. Every boy had a pocket knife and a hatchet for camping. I miss living in a free country.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Back in my younger days, I could eat 3 quarter pounders, two large fries and drink a large coke and not gain an once. Why? I was always active in my neighborhood playing with friends and neighbors, whether it was sandlot football, baseball, basketball etc. I burned it off. Course back then we didn't have the computers and video games. We were just excited about getting our first color tv.

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erudite 1 year, 10 months ago

Most of the sweet stuff were treats not common parts of a meal. TV was watched at night for the news, Sunday night for Wonderful World of Disney, and Saturday AM cartoons. Books were entertainment on rainy days; on sunny days, "Go outside!!"

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

How about eating blackberries, peaches, and plums on the side of the road after cutting grass all day with a push mower and cleaning up with a rake? (Making about $20/yard everyday in the summer).....We didn't have time to get fat.

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

You can mow my grass coach, I'll pay you $21. Don't have no plums or blackberries, but I have some old pecans left over from last year you can snack on.

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Cartman 1 year, 10 months ago

Coach, that does bring back memories. We used to know where the good blackberries grew. Also knew where the good sweet plum bushes were. Next to our Little League field, one of the guys had a crab-apple tree. And if you went into the woods, you could find plenty of muscadines. Ummmmmm good!

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