A first: Some U.S. cities are reporting fewer obese kids

  • Article by: SABRINA TAVERNISE , New York Times
  • Updated: December 10, 2012 - 9:32 PM
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erikj3Dec. 11, 12 3:05 AM

This is very good news. Hopefully we'll hear reports of fewer obese adults as well.

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comment229Dec. 11, 12 5:04 AM

Sorry, but this is just a bi product of our current American culture. Before the information and media age, kids ate their meals in a hurry to get outside to play. Today, they eat their meals in a big time hurry, to get back to the play room to watch TV or play a video game. Also, families no longer sit down to eat a meal anymore. Most of the time it is on the run and some form of junk food. It is what it is; a problem. The only solution is for parents to be responsible for their kids' eating habits and life style. Good luck with that.

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Thumper5316Dec. 11, 12 7:52 AM

comment229 is spot on. Kids today are not parented. Parents of today, and I use the term loosely in reference to them, willingly have abdicated their parental responsibilities to their children as early as when they are 6 weeks old then they are abandoned to daycare. When they are school age they abdicate the responsibility to the schools and after school care. Notice how credit is given to removal of sugary drinks in vending machines and fried foods in the schools? Parents can't even be bothered to feed them food. They are more concerned with themselves. Pathetic.

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comment229Dec. 12, 12 4:22 AM

Thumper5316: I would make two observations to your reply. First, yes, some schools have removed the sugary drinks from their schools, but no all. Why is that? Do you know? I can tell you flat out that, in most cases, the profits from those machines goes to the athletics programs. Without it, the athletes would depend on more funding from the general fund. Good luck with that.... Second, it isn't all parents who are irresponsible but you are right in that there are many kids attending school today because it is a warm place to go and they get one, two, or even in some cases, three meals a day. Now, tell me how schools are supposed to educate these kids. NCLB is an idealistic joke and any time you get a political fix to an educational problem, you can bet it is going to be half thought out at best. I have personally seen five mandated government gimmicky programs. None, and I repeat, none of them are in existence today but filled up file drawers full of paper work. Don't believe me? Go to your local school and ask to see the boxes that contain the MCA results for your school, and then sit down and read through all of it. See you in a couple of years..... Solutions to our school problems is really quite simple. Ask the teachers and kids for a list of what's wrong. Funny, but nobody ever asks? Why is that? Must be a union problem or the teachers need to be tested more (sarcasm, and I have to say that because some people just wouldn't "get it" otherwise).....

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hjlazniDec. 12, 12 3:50 PM

The new economic reality requires more peoople to eat home cooked meals rather than eating out. Less fat and salt and sugar.

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