Bad Parenting + Obesity = Junk Food Laws

People are constantly proposing new rules or laws to make up for the lack of parenting. These laws are affecting the parents who are properly raising their children. Why not propose some laws that punish parents who make bad choices when raising their kids? There are states that are banning junk food in schools. I don't see anything wrong with a little indulgence in junk food from time to time. I think that it's up to the parents to teach their children about healthy eating habits. Students who are permitted to have junk food will just bring their own snacks to school if snacks are not available in school.

A new study suggests that new junk food laws in schools may play a role in slowing childhood obesity. According to the study, children in 5th thru 8th grade gained less weight during those years if they lived in a state which had laws governing snacks sold in schools. It also suggested that children who were obese in 5th grade, were more likely to reach a healthy weight by 8th grade if they lived in a state with junk food laws. The study showed that students who were 5 feet tall, weighing 100 pounds, gained an average of 2.2 fewer pounds if they lived in a state with junk food laws. "In states with consistently strong laws in elementary and middle school, almost 39 percent of fifth-graders were overweight when the study began. That fell to 34 percent in eighth grade. Also, almost 21 percent of fifth-graders were obese, declining to about 18 percent in the eighth grade."

Are schools going to be banned from having bake sales and candy sales for fundraisers? Are schools going to become sugar free zones? What is the government going to ban next because adequate parenting has hit an all-time low? Potato chips and sodas have been around for years and years. New York is proposing a ban on the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces. Mayor Bloomberg does not seem to be getting a lot of support for this idea. According to The New York City Department of Health, obesity levels have doubled in the United States over the last 20 years: obesity among children ages 6 to 11 increased from 7% in 1980 to 16% in 2002; among adults, obesity increased from 12% in 1991 to 23% in 2004. What has happened in the past twenty years to cause this rise in obesity? We have become a society of over indulgence. We over indulge in everything! We want more food, cars, houses, phones, clothes, etc.

If you want to prevent or combat obesity maybe the rules and laws should affect the people who are obese and not everyone else. Maybe there should be higher health care costs for people who are obese not due to a medical condition. Parents are responsible for what their children eat because they purchase their food. Therefore, they are responsible for their child being obese. If parents were hit with higher health care costs, maybe they will think twice about buying that box of twinkies the next time they are at the grocery store. Maybe parents should be required to attend classes on healthy eating habits if their child is obese. Childhood obesity is a health crisis and parents need to take it seriously. Parents need to provide healthier meals at home and make sure that their kids are getting some sort of exercise.

Some states have taxes on junk food and soft drinks. I don't mind paying more in taxes to help the poor and the less fortunate but to pay extra taxes because of people who over indulge is unfair! People need to be accountable for their own actions. Agree? Disagree? What do you think?

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