Thursday, March 25, 2010
Once again I can't get past the contradictions used to describe the obesity problem in this country. Tom Vilsack, who is our Agriculture Secretary, is holding a series of school nutrition events around the country. This is his quote:
"With childhood hunger and obesity on the rise we owe it to our child to ensure our nutrition programs address these challenges".
HOW CAN YOU HAVE A RISE IN HUNGER AND OBESITY?!?
As in my previous post on "food insecurity", I am assuming he feels that the hunger/obesity link is all due to kids overeating empty calories due to their hunger and that by fixing the school nutrition problem then we can fix these kids. In my own child's school there has been an effort, through a grant, to give the kids a snack of fruits or vegetables every day for free. It's been wonderful but if the kid's are still eating crappy foods at lunch and at home then they still will be fat. There is also a trend for kids to move and exercise less. In other words, without fixing both ends of this spectrum (eating less, exercising more) then we will become as fat as those people in the movie WALL-E. And I don't think the government can fix that. We can only fix ourselves.
Posted by Authentic Medicine Blog at 4:46 AM