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Many People know that drinking a can of soda is like drinking a can of FAT!  Instead, a bottle of water hydrates all your organs, and leaves you refreshed, with no calories.  Also, Omega 3 and anit-oxidants are essential for a healthy body. That said, Childhood obesity is a big reason of why almost 1/5 of the kids in America are Obese.
As a result, The First Ladie of the United States is pushing to beef up already existing programs and will Lobby for better promoting and education of how to save our kids Health?

Join me over the jump for discussion:

Here is the article: http://www.boston.com/...

This is a great first start and Michelle should be aplauded.  But, like it says in the article, she has to be careful, because being FAT is a sensitive subject for many.  She was criticized for saying she has to watch her own kids weight(by Limbaugh).  But if anybody can bring the attention of a under-rated problem, it is the First Ladie.  She has been Studying this subject since she came into office and really wants to make a differnce.  She is more than capable(administrator of a Chicago Hospital), and has the connections to get the job done.  Michelle also has her objectives, and here they are:

--improve nutrition standards for school lunches; get the chips and doughnuts out of school vending machines.

--expand time for school recess and physical education.

--use federal incentives to encourage low-income families to buy healthier foods.

--prod food makers to stop targeting children with ads for high-calorie treats on TV and in online video games.

--get more restaurants to print nutrition information on menus.

--do more medical screening for obesity in children.

--improve food labeling.

--provide more behavior counseling to overweight kids.

And here is a few of the websites of already existing programs that Michelle wants you to know about:

First, her video from the whitehouse.gov

http://www.whitehouse.gov/...

And school Nutrition website:
http://www.schoolnutrition.org/

Their are several more websites that are associated with this wonderful subject, at the end of the boston globe article...  Oh and I must say, Good luck Michelle for a very worthy cause, and BRAVO!  

Originally posted to jovie131 on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 05:55 AM PST.

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  •  Like race and class, obesity is a subject (2+ / 0-)
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    carlos the jackal, jovie131

    most Americans don't want to talk about.

    I have flow thru Detriot in recent months and the number of TSA women in hijab is alarming. It's like the foxes are overseeing the chicken coop -- A RW blogger.

    by Kimball Cross on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 06:13:32 AM PST

    •  maybe michelle can do it in a artful manner (1+ / 0-)
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    •  well no use burying our heads in the sand (2+ / 0-)
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      Kimball Cross, jovie131

      about it. It's a serious problem and for the sake of our kids, we better buck up and start talking AND taking the necessary steps to reverse this deadly trend.

      Please help StopRushLimbaugh. Because hate should not be profitable.

      by marabout40 on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 07:15:40 AM PST

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        •  What are the necessary steps? (2+ / 0-)
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          I don't get it. How come my generation (born '56) aren't fat? What is the national crisis that we have made ourselves a generation of lazy fat kids. Go out and run and don't come back until the street lights come on. Staying in front of a computer or TV eating junk will kill the kids. We need Michelle Obama tio say this. I don't get it. Where is the responsipility of the parents. This is the problem no one is responsible any more.

          •  Everybody is responsible. Everybody. (0+ / 0-)

            This problem is too far gone for us to point fingers of blame. It's time we started pointing to solutions.

            Schools are responsible. Government is responsible. Parents are responsible. Kids are responsible. Food industry is responsible. Advertisers are responsible. Media is responsible.

            Everybody is responsible.

            I think you know the answer to why your generation wasn't fat.

            Please help StopRushLimbaugh. Because hate should not be profitable.

            by marabout40 on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 08:14:54 AM PST

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            •  I am going to put more on parents. I f you (0+ / 0-)

              look at your little darlingf and the kid looks like a basketball and they sit in front of the computer and TV during recess and at home and eat bags of chips and shit all day you can't blame anyone but yourself. As I stated my generation was fit because we got baseball mits and footbals for christmas in stead of a flat screen and a psp or xbox or any one of the other useless games. And loke I keep saying we didn't come in till the streelights went on. The kids now a days come home turn on the TV blow some shit up on a video game go to face book all the while eating shit. How is everybody responsible for your kid. And as far as advertising goes the answer is NO. If your kid can't handle that then you have a bigger problem

              •  The rest of us don't have the luxury of such (1+ / 0-)
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                myopic views, longisland. We know things aren't as simple as you try to make them seem.

                We know that 50 years ago, most women stayed home and took care of the kids and the house, while the men went out and worked. The women made home cooked meals, baked cookies and pies from scratch. Were home to greet the kids coming off the school bus. Were there to supervise their homework and activities.

                We know that today both men and women have to work. We know that there are more single mothers (especially in the poorer neighborhoods) working two - three minimum wage jobs just to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. They don't have the time or the energy to make meals from scratch and bake freshly made cookies and supervise activities. There priorities are now: can I pay the rent? can I feed the kids? Are my kids safe at home and off the streets?

                The world has changed since you and I were kids and life isn't as simple as it was then.

                Please help StopRushLimbaugh. Because hate should not be profitable.

                by marabout40 on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 08:48:22 AM PST

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                •  You make BS excuses. I raised my (0+ / 0-)

                  son as a single father from kindergarten to HS. I worked 10 hrs a day my son went to the after school program that all schools have, he was fed a home cooked meal I taught him to ride a bike , hit a ball, then do you homework and bed. And don't think I didn't have money problems and anything else you mention. That is not an excuse to be fat.

  •  FoxNews Headline: FLOTUS wants to kill fat kids (4+ / 0-)

    Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

    by LaurenMonica on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 06:15:52 AM PST

  •  Mmmm, steak (1+ / 0-)
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    The First Ladie of the United States is pushing to beef up already existing programs

  •  Very intriguing . . . . !! (6+ / 0-)

    That said, Childhood obesity is a big reason of why almost 1/5 of the kids in America are Obese.

  •  would that not be a difficult thing to do (0+ / 0-)
  •  Michelle will need to talk about cars (1+ / 0-)
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    Many kids are fat because we drive them everywhere.

    Kids need to walk or ride a bike to school if they want to stay healthy.

    Driving makes people fat.

    "One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity nothing beats teamwork." - Mark Twain

    by greendem on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 06:56:42 AM PST

    •  walking my dog is good too. In a health article (0+ / 0-)

      walking just 20 minutes a day adds 2 hours to your life.  That is pretty extraordinary!

    •  That's a little simplistic isn't it? (2+ / 0-)
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      Driving makes people fat? I live in FL so,  unfortunately, I have to drive to most places. I always drove my son to school until he could drive himself. It was too far to walk or ride his bike. However, neither of us is overweight or obese. He's very active and athletic and I run 3.5 - 4 miles a day. I do my own housework (doing weekend chores can be a real workout), I don't eat out a lot, I cook fresh whole foods.

      This is a complex issue. There are a lot of different factors that cause obesity.

      Please help StopRushLimbaugh. Because hate should not be profitable.

      by marabout40 on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 07:14:18 AM PST

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    •  Absolutely, driving does make people fat (0+ / 0-)

      Unfortunately, many of the suburbs built over the past 20, 30, or 40 years leave no other option.

      Heck, they don't even have sidewalks . . .

    •  The Reduction in Physical Activity (0+ / 0-)

      Is a huge part of why children's weight has gone up.  PE is no longer a daily requirement in most schools after a certain age.  Children are not routinely "kicked out" of the house like they were when I was growing and told to go play - they are allowed to stay inside and video game or engage in other sedentary activities. Add to that the increased portion sizes that ALL of us are eating now -- and it is not just soda at school, contrary to the diarist's contention - these so-called health and electrolyte drinks are no better in terms of nutrition -- and it explains quite a bit.

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      by shanikka on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 08:44:13 AM PST

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  •  I still don't get it. As we get more informed (1+ / 0-)
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    we get worse off as a society. How come when I grew up there were very few fat kids. Why do we have to teach parents what to feed their kids? No one taught my mother. Why is it that the more informed we are the more ignorant we are. Information is at anyones fingertips but we have to spend money to make sure they get off their lazy asses and read it.
    I know I'llo piss a few off with this one but Aids is another one. In 1986 when Eddie Murphy was the first to let us know (jokingly) that our dicks would fall off we listened. Do not share your works, do not have unprotected sex. Two thing and peopkle still complain we don't spend enough on aids prevention. Fill me in I need some sort of education.

  •  Great topic (1+ / 0-)
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    A friend's soon to be nine year old granddaughter has started early menstruation and the family is freaking out.  The pediatrician says it's because the young girl is significantly overweight and this is wreaking havoc with her hormones, causing them to react to her body weight (that of an older female) instead of her age.  

  •  I think of it as nutrition issue because (0+ / 0-)

    when I was young it was shocking to discover how scrawny and undernourished many black kids were (esp. in the South) and after that there were  sweetheart deals given to producers of NOT the most nutritious or healthy foods. Corn syrup. Fatty meats.

    Fast food franchises were seen as a way for minorities to get into business. The opposite of good nutrition.

    Since then America's shape has changed considerably.

    I do hope this doesn't turn into a nation scolding kids with "You're FAT" but instead, "We Love You" actions of doing right by them.

    Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

    by LNK on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 07:20:26 AM PST

  •  Fast food, portion size, profiteering (0+ / 0-)

    are causes of increasing obesity.

    Biggest profit margin is for sweet, fatty, artificially flavored junk food, fast food. Processed foods. Heavily advertised to kids.

    BIG PROFITS are made pushing this junk.

    Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

    by LNK on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 07:27:33 AM PST

    •  We make our own choises and unfortuatly (0+ / 0-)

      the ones of our kids. Say all you want about profit and all that you have to purchase the product to give the profit. Maybe the peop[le who eat like thiws should start their own version of GUS.
      And BTW the candy store was a big part of my life growing up. Those wax soda bottles filled with sugar, candy dots, bazakooa bubble gum, all the chocolate that is still available. But like I said before don't come in till the street lights come on, unless it was raining of course.

      •  Choices? Have you read food labels? (2+ / 0-)
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        No longer is it possible for average families to have one full time homemaker making meals from scratch........Store-bought foods are necessary. A shopper would have to search far and wide, and spend a lot extra to buy bread, cereal, soup, and even peanut butter without too much extra sugar and salt.

        Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

        by LNK on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 07:46:03 AM PST

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  •  I love Mrs. Obama but (0+ / 0-)

    frankly I think the childhood obesity thing is overblown by media. I'm sure some kids in US are not getting enough to eat. And it seems to me that a huge problem, neglected by media, is what's IN our food. Corn syrup, hormones, antibiotics.

    Let tyrants fear.-Queen Elizabeth I

    by Virginia mom on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 08:02:48 AM PST

    •  Have you seen the graphical evidence (0+ / 0-)

      of this country's obesity trends?

      And sure, that's for adults.  But if the cold war atmospheric atomic weapons tests had any value at all, they did nail down the fact that the number of fat cells in an adult is determined during childhood:

      Fat Cell Numbers in Teen Years Linger for a Lifetime

      Researchers have found that the number of fat cells in your body is set during adolescence and remains constant through adulthood, regardless of whether you gain or lose weight. The findings may help to explain why it can be so hard for some people to drop pounds and keep them off.

      Although scientists have long suspected that the number of fat cells stays stable during adulthood—shrinking or swelling as the body's weight changes—they had no accurate and safe method for tracking the longevity and turnover of fat cells in the human body.

      Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Dr. Bruce Buchholz at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California developed a way to solve this problem. Their method, described in the May 4, 2008, advance online edition of Nature, is based on the unexpected observation that body cells created over the past 50 years bear a "timestamp." Cold War above-ground testing of nuclear weapons in the late 1950s and early 1960s caused atmospheric levels of carbon-14 to spike worldwide, generating telltale amounts of this radioactive isotope in the DNA of newly made cells. The researchers performed C-14 analyses of DNA from fat cells at LLNL's Center for Accelerated Mass Spectrometry, supported in part by NIH's National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).

      The scientists examined fat cells removed from 35 adults during liposuction or other surgical procedures. Some of the patients were born before and others after the nuclear weapons tests. With carbon dating, the researchers could determine when the fat cells were created and calculate how long they had survived. They showed that about 10% of fat cells die and are replaced each year, regardless of an individual's age or weight. This fat cell turnover may offer the possibility of blocking fat cell regeneration as a treatment for obesity, the scientists say.

      The researchers also examined fat cells in biopsies from nearly 700 adults of various ages and weights. They compared their data to that from a previous study of children and adolescents and found that fat cell numbers quickly climb through the teen years.

      public source link (aka your tax dollars at work)

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