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    If childhood obesity is going down, can Michelle stop dictating what the rest of us can eat? And can we let local schools decide what should be served for lunch so kids can stop throwing away unappetizing food? How much money is wasted when food is thrown away and how many American children go hungry throughout the day because the government tries to dictate what they can and can't eat?
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    If they are overweight to start with, they're not really going hungry, are they? Perhaps kids throwing a way food just need better parents?
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    As for schools "choosing" what kids can be served for lunch? How often do they put in Coke machines because they get a kick back and they need the money? How much does that have to do with ethical care for our children? In fact, how much do you know about this subject at all, other than using it as an excuse to express your usual bias?
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    @woodtick57 I'm glad and that is progress. Alice Waters and other chefs have been working really hard to improve school lunches and I think it's really inspiring.
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    I hope so. They say a program like Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move!" program usually takes about a generation to be fully incorporated into general social thinking. I do hope it happens faster than that.
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    Back in the 1920's or so, France had an obesity problem and they started teaching school kids about proper portion sizes and healthy foods and they solved the problem in a generation.
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    @woodtick57 It should be standard education, I think. It's the type thing parents can't pass down to their kids if they didn't learn it themselves and teaching it in school can break that generational ignorance.
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    I remember President Kennedy's program to improve physical fitness. It actually started under Eisenhower with the President's Council on Youth Fitness. Now it is called the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Is the generation you are talking about one of those biblical things that could be 20 years or 20 million years?
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    @Dan_Tien We did see the impact of that program on society in about a generation. Jogging was unheard of when I was very young but then it became popular. Jogging is no longer a fad but no one is surprised if a fit person is going out jogging. It didn't make the whole population fit but it made more people healthy and aware of fitness than before the program was begun.
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    Despite all the right wing complaints about nanny govt., etc it just goes to show that a wide spread education that had been going on for about a decade, has paid off. Now if only i could drop about 20 ponds myself...
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    No sodas, no gravy, one hamburger a week, one fried food "traditional meal" a week. No fast food, candy, cake or chips. Walk the dog for half a mile. Force yourself to eat healthy food you don't like and in a week or two you'll get used to it and start liking it (I did). I dropped right at 40 lbs without any fancy club or trainer or diet. Just cut out what you already know is bad for you.
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    @jessejaymes Or better yet, cut out what you know you like......LOL. And, you are correct. Nothing fancy about losing weight, just self control and a little exercise.
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    @stepped_in_it LOL More than once I made the comment "everything I like is bad for me". I have a friend who drinks sweet tea. About a gallon a day. And he wonders why he can't lose weight. I drink Ginseng Tea with no sugar. Took me about a month but I almost gag on sweet tea today. I can't believe the amount of sugar people put in their bodies with sweet tea alone.
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    @jessejaymes Yeah, live in but not from the south. Some of their sweet tea they love I can't stand. And soda....in 55 gallon drums (or so it seems) LOL
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    @stepped_in_it Yup. But the way they figure it is if you can get still get your finger inside a trigger guard you're not obese.
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    Yea but I am thinking of good moms and dads, out of work and living on food stamps, moms making sure those food stamps are used to feed her family as well and as balanced as she can. Moms and dads that say no to junk food so they can strech those food stamps as far as they can. Moms and dads that realize in order to keep little Sally doing well in school a proper diet is a must.
    See I don't think everyone is just cramming pastas down their kids throat, or loading the kid with sugars.
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    Since this is good news and it is happening under the Obama Presidency I'm surprised that none of the conservative posters has called this study, pardon the pun, A BIG FAT LIE!
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix
    Hey Neo, I'm a bit tired. But otherwise, okay.
    How are you doing this fine winter day?
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    It's really easy to cure childhood obesity. Take away the video games and computers. Grab their phones. Make 'em go outside and PLAY. It's not complicated at all.
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    One would hope so but from I see out and about in public I seriously do not believe this report. Kids are the size of baby whales at age 4 these days. I've literally met kids I assumed were under 5 because of their height but their weight would convince you they were 12. This report contradicts everything I see every day.
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    Good, they should set aside more time for Physical Education in schools or Recess. Kids didn't have this problem when they had that time to go outside and run around. While kids have that metabolism, they should use that to their advantage. And more importantly, Parents, get off your lazy behinds and take your kids out to the parks, and pack their lunches with wholesome foods (something they like and is good for them), instead of relying on the schools to feed them. Much cheaper in the long run to go out and pick up groceries and pack a school lunch these days.
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    Imagine that, and McDonalds reported its first loss too. Hmmm, there may be a connection.

    Yea, mom and dad are broke! Can't be wasting money on Twinkie's and Ding Dongs for the kids.
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    well, seeing as how the demoncrats have pretty much put the United States on unemployment and offset it with at best 1/2 in food stamps, no one can afford to eat anything past enough to stay alive.
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