“A recent study put the health care cost of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion a year,” Mrs. Obama said. “This epidemic also impacts the nation’s security, as obesity is now one of the most common disqualifiers for military service.”
“Our kids did not do this to themselves,” Obama said. “Our kids don’t decide what’s served to them at school or whether there’s time for gym classes or recess. Our kids don’t choose to make food products with tons of sugar and sodium in super-sized portions, and then to have those products marketed to them everywhere they turn.”
“And no matter how much they beg for pizza, fries and candy, ultimately, they are not, and should not, be the ones calling the shots at dinnertime,” she said.
I’d love to jump on this but frankly I agree with much of this article. Childhood Obesity is simply not fair to children. It’s a hell of a way to start out. I’ve always fought my weight. Luckily I’ve been working out for over 20 years and while not a thin as I’d like to be I’ve been able to maintain a healthy weight (gets tougher everyday though). I see so many young people struggling with weight due to many factors but all of it adds up to more problems later on.
Is it really a national security issue? Well ask a recruiter how tough it is to get new recruits who can meet the basics standards and can pass an APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test). It’s amazing since the APFT isn’t very hard to just pass. The military has instituted programs just to get recruits physically able to attend Basic Training.
I have two issues with this news story however. Obesity isn’t a disease. You can’t catch it. I do believe some of us are more prone to higher body fat and lower metabolism. That said, I don’t support the healthy food initiative. $400 million a year? Screw that. How about this we take a look at school menus. They are crap. Let’s mandate better food in schools and not deep fried, processed garbage with a Soda or chocolate milk.
Other than that it’s tough. Parents are the key yet many of them are in the same or worse shape as their kids.
Check out thelunchbox. Org for ideas that might work.