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As the Western world gets fatter and fatter, the solutions to slimming it down get ever more draconian. In Britain yesterday, the government issued guidelines saying "children under the age of 5, including babies who can’t walk yet, should exercise every day." Today, in the States, a pair of Harvard scholars writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association advocate stripping away the custody rights of parents of super obese children. They're for real!
Originally posted by unityemissions
I just think it's more pathetic of the people not to get off their lazy asses and inform their selves of how to get fit, and DO IT!! It's a shame that states feel the need to go to such extremes, just to stay afloat in the long run.
Just sweat every day, people, and eat healthy foods. Supplement with healthy fatty acids, like evening primrose oil for the gla, and molecularly distilled fish oil for the dha/epa, and your hormonal status will balance out, and the fat will melt away.
Then you wouldn't have the estate tripping out over the fact that your stupidity is causing the social system to become unsustainable.
Despite the wealth of knowledge concerning the benefits of physical education and physical activity, only 8% of elementary schools, 6.4% of middle schools, and 5.8% of high schools provide daily physical education to all of its students (SHPPS, 2000). In addition, 20 percent of all elementary schools in the U.S. have abolished recess in favor of increased classroom time under pressure to improve student achievement (Satcher, 2005). Less than 25% of children are engaged in 30 minutes of any type of daily physical activity (Satcher, 2005). Even when physical education programs are in place, most students are not engaged in vigorous physical activity for the majority of their class time (Fairclough and Stratton, 2005). It is estimated that boys only spend about 18 minutes engaged in moderate and vigorous activity and girls spend about 16 minutes (Fairclough and Stratton, 2005). These statistics are disappointing and are resulting in negative outcomes in health and school performance for America?s children. Many parents and educators are probably wondering: Why are we neglecting the health needs of our children?
Barriers to implementing comprehensive health education programs including physical education are abundant. Gaining administrative and government support for health programs is difficult considering the pressure that local leaders face to improve academic skills (Symons, 1997). Physical education programs are not often seen as a primary concern to these administrators since many believe that student health is not of concern to schools but should be an issue that parents address. There has not been any mandates for schools to improve physical education despite the recommendations of over 40 health, educational, and social service organizations that student health and education are mutually dependent (Symons, 1997). Additionally, budget constraints are frequently cited as reasons for cut backs on health and physical education, especially in low-income areas (Symons, 1997).
Originally posted by SirMike
Let me play devils advocate here and say: why not? Clearly, in most developed nations, we have willingly abdicated our responsibilities not only to ourselves but also to our children over to the authorities, quite willingly in most cases. The government feeds us, provides us with housing, pays for our doctors visits, subsidizes our utilities, educates us, educates our children, feeds our children in school, watches our children while we work … they are the parents, not us. We have infantilized ourselves quite willingly in the name of fairness and making our lives safer and easier.
why not let them have this additional intrusion as well? After all, its for your own good.
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Originally posted by SonOfTheLawOfOne
Not to mention that most of the obese children in this country are that way because of poor parents who have to feed their kids after working 2 or 3 jobs, and so they buy the cheapest most affordable food they can, which as we all know, is chock full of all of the amazing ingredients that lead to obesity. That's abusive? Neglectful?
Change the foods and get rid of the crap that corporations use just to feed their bottom line, and you'll see less obesity, I would almost guarantee it. If the name of the game is money (which it is), what would motivate food companies? Produce cheaper food with less costly ingredients.... but if the name of the game was about the health of people and nutrition for all humans, you'd have better food and probably minimal obesity, and for that matter, far less health problems in general.
Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
reply to post by SirMike
So when a parent is demonstrably unable or unwilling to care for the health of their child, what do you propose be done?
Remember, children are not pets and they are not property.