Can Government Control Obesity?

A Friday Quickie!

Caution: School Lunch

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I was able to listen to this episode of To the Point this week.

Can Government Control Obesity?

There were some really provocative ideas packed into a single episode.

For instance:

  • “Obesity has become pandemic”
  • “…1/3 of Americans obese and another 1/3 over weight…”
  • “…the federal school lunch program has been revised to limit the intake of calories, require whole grains and double the servings of fruits and vegetables.”
  • “…should the government be telling Americans what to eat?”

Of course the NYC soda ban came up in the same breath as the term “Nanny State.” The issue is still current and worthy of discussion.

In my opinion, a more interesting question discussed by the “experts” was this: With the variable nutrition needs of children of different ages, athletes, and children who may only be able to eat while at school – is it appropriate to feed America’s public school children with a “one size fits all” lunch program?

I appreciated the expert who reminded the host and listeners of the governments already heavy handed involvement in food via the USDA.

Please listen if you have some time, the discussion begins about 7 minutes into the broadcast.

Feel free to leave a few thoughts in the comments even if you aren’t able to listen to the program.

A friendly warning: this discussion may raise more questions than it answers.  It’s okay to be frustrated as long as we keep asking questions!

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6 thoughts on “Can Government Control Obesity?

  1. Because I work with young children I think about how I can influence healthy eating and exercise habits. Although your comments do not connect the two I do. Active people can consume more calories then inactive people so I make sure the kids I care for have lots of opportunities to move and I serve moderately healthy food but don’t stress about what they eat. At the schools I think recess and PE should be the focus more then lunch, making moving fun is easier then controlling food choices and quanities.

    • Activity is an excellent addition to the conversation. The radio dialogue did not talk much about balancing calorie consumption with calorie burning.

      I overheard a elementary age child talking to her mom about her school schedule. She has music class and PE on alternating days. From a calories in / calories out perspective those kids will have different needs on different days.

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