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  •  Interesting question, (1+ / 0-)
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    ubertar

    do the majority of parents make good choices about their kids' eating habits ? Then why the obesity epidemic ? Do they make good choices about their kids' media habits ? When commercial values enter education, when it's about "choices", we can expect schools to compete like any other retail business, with advertising. Again, this is the goal. Is it really what we want for America ?

    ¡Viva Baja Libre!

    by Azazello on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 10:19:26 AM PDT

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    •  The obesity epidemic could be blamed on many (2+ / 0-)

      factors:

      • Lack of access to healthy foods in poor communities
      • Lack of access to parks and playgrounds in poor communities
      • The existence of high fructose corn syrup in foods that traditionally have not required sweeteners - like hot dogs, lunchmeats, and cheese, not to mention their addition to foods like yogurt and ketchup that may have been sweetened in the past but with better alternatives.
      • The cost of food - a soda is more affordable than a glass of milk.

      I believe the majority of parents make good choices for their kids within the choices they are given.

      As long as a decent public school exists in every neighborhood and every child has the opportunity to attend one, why not leave that choice to the parents? We just might learn how much people really care about their local schools. I bet it's an awful lot.

      •  Also, time. (2+ / 0-)
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        angelajean, princss6

        More working parents with less time to cook nutritious meals, and busy kids whose activities conflict with mealtimes (as an example, my son had baseball practice from 6-9 last night - try having a sit down family meal when one kid has to be out of the house at 5:45 and one spouse doesn't get home until that time).

        The obesity epidemic is not limited to children. It started and continues among adults as well. It's Americans as a whole, not just parents who are experiencing it.

      •  Right on the "money!" (1+ / 0-)
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        angelajean

        I for one am tired of pandering to perpetrators --- many of whom are opposed to any discussion however it comes. -- soothsayer99 DPK Caucus

        by princss6 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 07:25:28 PM PDT

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