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Thursday, September 14, 2006
US Failing To Help Obese Kids? Headline Indicates A Much Bigger Problem...
"There is a proliferation of activity taking place across the country in
And here lies the number one problem -- the assumption that the State has a role in seeing to it that children are not too fat. Children do not belong to the State. There is no provision in the Constitution (the real Constitution, not the phony 'living, breathing document' waved around as the concepts of the original are destroyed) that cedes the rights and responsibilites of a parent to the State.
Which leads to the next problem.
"Americans are beginning to realize that childhood obesity is a real problem and are even starting to do something about it, but there is no way to tell what actually works, a panel of experts said on Wednesday."
Parents themselves have seemed to come to the conclusion that the State has some sort of responsibility to raise their children. Rather than doing what was done in previous generations, sacrifice a bit of immediate material excess -- is the second car, a television in every room, the latest in electronics, etc. and so on really essential? -- to ensure that one of the two parents was present and parenting in the home, parents complain about what the State is or isn't doing to deal with a problem that is clearly a parent's responsibility, one that is taking place in their own homes and lives. Dual income essential today, you say? As a single parent and stay at home mother -- self-supporting via my freelance writing and using absolutely no tax payer dollars -- I think not.
There's no way to tell what works? How can it be that a common sense approach is so foreign a concept? Forget drive-through and take out, cook meals at home with real vegetables. Steaming vegetables is just as fast as opening a can and heating. Broil fish, bake a real chicken, it doesn't take much time. If it is impossible to put the television(s) on the curb, at least restrict couch time. Walk. Remember tag, jump rope, hop scotch and all those childhood games?
"Given the increasing proportion of calories children and youth consume outside of the home, the report also recommends that the Food and Drug Administration be given the authority to evaluate full serve and quick serve restaurants' food, beverage, and meal options to ensure that nutrition information is more accessible and relevant to young consumers," the Institute said."
More state regulation and further tax consuming and wasting government programs are not the answer, nor is shifting even further parental responsibilities to the State. The solution to obese children is time invested in parenting, in parents themselves taking on the responsibility for the physical and mental well-being of their own children.
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