Originally posted by swimmer15
reply to post by Golf66
Not only is it counterproductive, Its going to open a whole new can of worms. Kids bodies, while developing are screaming for nutrients, especially
highly active ones. The government meddling in their diet is the last thing we need, they are the root cause of the problem, by backing every new
"scientifically" proven diet expert that has came along for the last 30 years.
I know this 850 calorie lunch the kids are being "fed" at school is a failure. When I was a High School athlete I'd have a conditioning workout
before school, along with a couple hours after for practice as well. I bet I was burning well over 3500k a day. So to maintain my weight I'd have to
have at least that. I'd order a double lunch along with snack cakes and ice-cream... As a football player I was trying to gain weight and mass. I
bet I ate more like 4-5k calories a day.
I know that while in any training school for SF we were fed upwards of 5k calories a day (unless it was intentionally a depravation type school like
SERE or Ranger, etc.) .
My kid is starving when she comes home from school. Obesity is not a simple HT/WT calculation - physical fitness is a measure of something entirely
Like William "The Fridge" Perry who played for the Bears. Was he fat - sure he was; but he could also play professional football I saw him (in all
300+ pounds of his glory) do a standing vertical jump of 3' onto a platform for training. Not once but repetitively. Find me some 155lb High School
kids who can do that?
I sometimes sub for Physical Education here at the local schools. I live rural so I'd say a lot of these kids do farm type chores daily.
I would expect them to be somewhat fit. However, with the exception of the athletes (many of whom would bust the 25 on their BMI) they can't even do
They "look" fine sure, they are skinny as the government wants them to be for some reason - yet they are weak and unfit.
I can outrun most of them (all but the track kids; who do for the most part meet BMI) and I am at least 2X their age. It is sad really to see an 18
year old man who looks otherwise normal not be able to even pull-up his own body weight one time.
We have an epidemic - with that I agree. An epidemic of laziness. Perhaps if we spent less time on social indoctrination in schools and more on
physical fitness we'd be better off. My kid goes to school for 2 periods so that she can compete in sports and participate in FFA - the rest of the
time we home school. They waste their time on PC indoctrination - when I was in school we had 1 hour of PT every day, period. You participated or
else. Now if a fat ass or even a fit appearing kid claims to be "trying" but is clearly slacking off I have to give them "participation points".
Mostly in my assessment they are sitting there being lazy because there are no negative consequences for not pushing themselves. Grades are based on
"personal goals" not standards - wouldn't want to introduce kids the harsh reality that in the real world if you don't work hard I say you won't
have a job.
When I explain that to kids they say - I don't want a job that is physical anyway. Sure, I say but what about cutting your lawn or chopping some
firewood? Oh, I'll pay someone to do that...(riding lawnmowers etc.) Yeah, well I've seen your academic grades too - that might not be one of your
options... These kids are delusional.
All that said - BMI is not the be all end all of a person's measure of fitness nor is a HT/WT table. We are making a generation of kids who think if
they meet the target tables they are "fit" - they might appear so on paper but in practice they simply are not.