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    In Ma, which already has Obamacare in place, they've proven preventive care is far less expensive than treating impending disease. Fat kids have a far greater propensity to develop diabetes > wound healing > limb amputations high blood pressure, high cholesterol> low self esteem > heart issue > early death.
    If the parents are too dumb to care about their child's health at least the state tries.
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/childhood-ob...
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    Fatties and Christians are fair game in Obama Nation. What every happened with the Ft Hood Muslim Murderer? Funny how the Media ignores it???
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    Poltix, ya never said we can call for a story venue change at any time. Jeez, I wanna talk about the upcoming alignment of the planets.....
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    "Fatties and Christians are fair game in Obama Nation." Fatties have always been fair game, and Christians have always been annoying. Quit blaming Obama for everything. He's not a god; he doesn't have a fraction of the power you seem determined to assign to him.
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    @g4me Quite a few, including some close family members who absolutely feed their egos by butting into the business of others in order to feel superior. To be very specific, liberalism is immaturity, cloaked with the pretense of moral and intellectual superiority.
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    @Realthinker Family doesnt count, silly. Didnt anyone tell you that? I have conservative family members that are total azzhats on the subject of politics, but I dont judge all conservatives by their opinions. I dont think you know any liberals outside your family.
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    @g4me I said including family. I also reject the notion that family doesn't count. Liberals are liberals, whether they are co-workers, neighbors, family or classmates.
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    I call waste, as in a waste of time and paper! IMO, an obese child generally has an obese parent! I know I will here it from you parents, but, obesity is learned from YOU, the parent. Not being encouraged to exercise (shut off that Playstation and go out and play) comes from YOU, the parent. Having (and not controlling) unhealthy snacks in the home comes from YOU, the parent. Unhappiness (a possibility cause for over eating) comes from YOU, the parent. Responsibility for acknowledgment of obesity should never come from a school, but, from YOU, the parent.
    This letter most likely be thrown in the trash OR eaten by the parent....at least those will be empty calories!
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    Those hogs in the grocery store line with the basket full of chips and colas and ice cream and 50 billion more calories have kids throwing fits for candy at checkout. And get them. Those kids are porkers too. Every time. Fat breeds fat. So I'm not surprised the parents are outraged.
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    @stepped_in_it This nation is the fattest nation one earth. We don't even begin to dominate in sports like we used to do, we don't play sports beyond video games and we don't (on average) walk a consecutive quarter mile in an entire week. That should tell you something. I'm sick of fat people whining. THEY'RE KILLING THEIR CHILDREN.
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    @jessejaymes Average Life Expectancy for Obese People =(white people) 13 yrs for men and 8 for women.(black) men was 20 yrs and five for women. AND, this is just early death, not QUALITY OF LIFE years lost. Also doesn't include the cost of diseases related to obesity....include certain forms of cancer--including breast, colon and prostate--heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis and depression.
    So, you parents keep complaining.....it is the American way (but, please chew and shallow your food before opening your mouth.....that's disgusting talking with your mouth full)

    http://www.ehow.com/about_5470667_average-lif...
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    By a parent rearing a heavy child, they are punishing said kid to struggle with obesity for the rest of his or her life. It makes me sick to see people eating like hogs and feeding their kids like little piggies. With all the information we have about eating healthy and the benefit of working out, there is no excuse for pushing an unhealthy lifestyle onto our children. It makes me both sick and sad that obesity is such an epidemic here in 'murica.
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    Rates of Anorexia in America are far higher than any other nation and we focus everything on fighting obesity. There was a six-year old girl I read about who became anorexic after her 1st grade teacher stressed the importance of being healthy. How did her concept of "healthy" lead her to stop eating when she took being "healthy" too seriously?
    Some try to dismiss the effects of society by saying it is a brain disorder. The "brain" part is a more conscientious mind which can be good if society sends the right messages. The girl may have developed an anxiety disorder regardless (though even that is influenced by social factors), but nobody is fated to become anorexic. A person would not be anorexic in a society where all the messages are constantly telling everyone to eat and shaming skinniness and telling people that "fat" means "healthy" (not that we should shame skinniness, but such a social extreme would not yield anorexia, "fat" being seen as "healthy" and typically also "rich" is a social norm in some third world cultures). Clearly messages she picked up somewhere lead her to conceptualize "healthy" as automatically meaning "less weight, less eating" and then when the importance of it was stressed enough she took it to its logical extreme.
    We should teach kids the exact truth and about both extremes we want them to avoid all at once rather than put a misplaced focus on one thing or another and ignore its extreme. At the same time you teach kids to avoid overeating there should be a lesson right after or before that about the health problems caused by malnutrition and they should be taught about anorexia and bulimia and this should be done early.
    Furthermore, school should be for education, not parenting. Educate kids about their health sure, but don't police it. Parents are responsible for looking after their kids health. We also don't want to promote a "health police state". What's the point of living a long healthy life if every decision is taken out of your hands and forced to conform to some ideal? What message does this shameful, "you're fat, you're wrong" teaching send to children once they are old enough to vote and influence policy changes?
    That living to be 100 is preferable to enjoying junk food or even that living to 50 is preferable to it is in the end a subjective opinion, not an objective fact (add to the consideration the fact that a random accident could render the attempt to be healthier in order to live longer meaningless). People can only truly achieve self-realization if they are free. To be free one must be able to determine one's own values. Of course as a kid parents provide initial guidance but adulthood is about choosing and realizing one's own values. What should we do to promote greater freedom? More information about health. But what people do with that information is theirs alone.
    Arguments about financial cost are crass and materialistic. Money will not buy you freedom. Follow that line through to conclusion and we can all have lots of money and no freedom about how we use it. That sort of money is worthless on a scale more fundamental than financial. Furthermore, some studies suggest obese people save us money by dying sooner.
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    Schools need to focus on Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic! Prepare students for Job Readiness for today & tomorrow workforce.
    Let the Medical Experts with MD, RN, or LPN worry about the child's weight not Educators! School administrators are overstepping their boundaries. If you do not have any medical professional license, leave this issue alone.
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    Put me down as favoring zaftig women as well. This is sheer idiocy. The parents are aware of their child's weight and apparently are not concerned or attempting to remedy the situation in their own way. The geniuses behind this idea need to get more favor in their diet and extract that broomstick from their nether regions. Total waste of some administrative assistant's time, the paper, the ink cartridge, the envelope and the postage. These are hard times and there's no excuse for wasting resources in idiotic projects.
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    Oh boy. Then it's ok for a parent to write letters about gay teachers they don't want teaching their kids, atheist teachers, fat teachers, biased teachers, etc. and any other thing a parent could object to.
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    ? No, but maybe they should write letters home with the scoop on what the sentence "You are comparing apples to oranges" means.
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    When is the last time you heard a parent say "I'm a bad parent. My kid gets no parenting at all"? It doesn't happen. Child hood obesity results in people living 20 years or more less than they would had they not been obese as children and it tends to follow the person in their future kids. So you people worry about your personal parental rights (which obviously few are practicing to any serious degree) and you worry about your kids "feelings". I'll worry about their lives. i support this measure.
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    If your kid is at the 95th percentile and you don't have your pediatrician do an evaluation then you might be a negligent parent. And if your BMI is over 30, see your doc, too.
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    This isn't about anything more than fat kids generally have fat parents and the fat parents know they themselves would have to make an effort to help their kid no become even more obese so they cry and howl about "parental rights" and ":shaming". Some parental obligations need to be observed and the shame is on the parents more often than not. Of course they're going to howl. I'm just surprised most of them aren't oinking.
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    @jessejaymes "I'm just surprised most of them aren't oinking." And now I have to go to the liberal gym to work off the liberal calories I just added to my flabby commie pinko soul from finding this hilarious! Thanks, now I have to go listen to an hour of Glenn Beck's Greatest Hits.
  • #156
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    To determine whether or not a child is overweight needs to be left up to a trained medical professional. Schools are way overstepping their boundaries by trying to decide this.
  • #155
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    They should have thought about that before infecting everyone with spirochetal prion protein infections from Immortal cell lines without telling you why they were immortal. Now 1 in 29 kids are being born severely infected and they want to blame the parents instead of Govt.s who allowed it. Killing USA for profits was always USA best way. They let you pay for hundreds of syndromes of unknown origin THEY gave us in vaccines that recombine with whatever junk DNA they want to survive and now by lying about it for decades over 90% of the pops are infected.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch...
  • #154
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    As long as The Left sends the letters no one will object. Like Code Pink who were wildly Anti War during Bush's reign and then completed shut up during four years of Wars under their Obama. Principles mean nothing. Politics means everything in Obamaland. VERY Orwellian.
  • #153
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    Just so long as the letters are private and to the parents they are good. If they are public in any way they are outrageous.
  • #152
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    Oh my gosh, I almost forgot what the purpose of public schools are. Is it no wonder that the US lags most of the civilized world in education? With so much focus on the social agenda, our children are not receiving the education they need to succeed in the world. What ever happened to the concept that the parent is responsible for the health of their children, including the occasional visit to the family physician?
  • #147
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    What is wrong with this country? If your child is obese I'm sure you're aware of it and don't need a letter to inform you
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