Can Lawmakers Please Get Their Heads Out of Their Butt...

I have my Google Alerts set on many topics but obviously one is set on fat & obesity. I get a daily alert with between 20 -30 articles from across the internet that speak to fat as a subject. So it’s a topic that’s not going away. Over the past 6 months at least 1 article read like a campaign speech and it’s made me physically sick on more than one occasion. It has become a practice on insanity to listen to this rhetoric.

Lawmakers in many states believe it is a good idea to ban soft drinks and junk food in schools. It's not a bad idea but I think there are more pressing issues. They are creating an enemy where no enemy can be found. It is very reminiscent to lying in the face of the American public about weapons of mass destruction. These lawmakers are creating their own cold war against an enemy that does not exist and I’m getting pretty tired of the B.S.

Instead of spending money and time on imaginary enemies, why aren’t these same lawmakers taking that money and making it mandatory for schools to include physical education in their curriculum? The real enemy is “lack of movement” not products. The more you move the less fat you will become from ingesting products filled with “high fructose corn syrup” and the myriad of sugar substitutes.

Creating “make believe enemies” does not help in the fattening of America it only disguises another excuse. “It’s not my fault; it’s those damn soft drink companies. They shouldn’t be allowed to make their stuff taste so good”. My question is why not? We live in a capitalist society where people have a choice to both buy and consume products or not. We can’t blame advertisers for doing what they’re supposed to do. Make it possible for you to buy their product. It is our job to use our intelligence and weed through the hype, maybe read a label or two, and make a choice to either consume the product or not. We cannot blame companies for making products. For decades as a society we’ve known that junk food and sugary soft drinks are not a good thing, but people still buy and stuff their faces with it.

If we have learned anything from history it is Americans will want what they can’t have, think Prohibition. Banning soft drinks in schools and public places will not do one thing to curb fatness or obesity. It will actually encourage these impressionable children and young adults to go after these products with fervor. The more attention that is brought to this subject the more the under belly will grow. Let’s get congressional hearings about that lack of physical education in schools and what that is doing to America instead of concerning our congress with steroid use in Major League Baseball. Why is there no cry for the heads of “Board of Education superintendents” for cutting physical fitness and fitness related extracurricular activities? Where is President, William Jefferson Clinton when we need exercise in our schools not the creation of campaigns against “soft drinks of mass destruction”?

Let’s create task forces that establish exercise curriculums for schools and if there is no money for teachers to do it than why can’t parents volunteer their time to run Boot Camp exercise classes for students. One, two, ten parents from each school district could easily provide enough movement to burn fat and decrease the fat and obesity rate in half within the next year. You read that correctly…within the next year. This war can and will be won. It just takes small groups of us that give a sh** about our young people to take the time and encourage physical fitness.

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Comment by mombat on September 4, 2008 at 10:48am
I completely agree that cutting PE is crappy idea.Not only do kids need the exercise but they the practice with cordination.
My kids go to Monte Vista they have a walking club that meets every wednesday, staffed by parents, a wellness council that has tried to address good food and excerise habits and a PE teacher who does all kinds fun and very active things with the kids. She also sends home a newsletter that talks about healthy eating and gives activity suggestions.
Several teachers have running time every day and many do walking field trips weekly.
Having said that it is also a school that is close to many good places to places to walk and has a fair number of parents work from home or stay home and have the flexibility to help out.
All of this is organized by"a small group of people" who do care about what happens to our kids. This has created a school culture where far more kids are active and aware of what they eat.


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