We all know about the obesity epidemic (and most of us are part of it). Many of us disagree with how the government is handling it. So what are your ideas to make it better?
(I put this in "politics & current events" because this is a current event that is very controversial, and may spark some debate.)
Answer by ldmrmom at 6:02 PM on Jan. 2, 2011
Bring PE back into school for kids 5 days a week instead of the one or two days a week they have it now. Kids used to have a solid 45 minutes of PE everyday at school, now they only have it once or twice a week. Recess is spent indoors when the weather is bad and the kids 'watch a movie' during their recess. Obviously, there is headway to make at home for many families, but we can't mandate that the whole family play for an hour a day.
Answer by QuinnMae at 12:08 PM on Jan. 1, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 12:09 PM on Jan. 1, 2011
Answer by LoriKeet at 12:46 PM on Jan. 1, 2011
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:05 PM on Jan. 1, 2011
Answer by But_Mommie at 12:01 PM on Jan. 1, 2011
Answer by beachmamaof2 at 12:23 PM on Jan. 1, 2011
Answer by sopranomommy at 12:24 PM on Jan. 1, 2011
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:33 PM on Jan. 1, 2011
Just from personal observations- For kids and teens- exercise is key- my son was the pickiest of eaters-literally never ate a veggie once he could control the spoon to mouth, despite being served 2X/day, until age 17, drank juice, whole milk (still does), ate junk at every opportunity-and was (and still is) stick skinny and fit. He is a college athlete and has always been on some sports team or another. My daughter is very active as well and at 23, has never had a weight issue. As you get older, you have to portion control. The 40's are the worst in terms of metabolism destruction, IMO. I also wonder about the role of additives and preservatives in metabolism destruction. Needing fewer calories in the 40's and 50's is so hard. Music, thanks for the link- Beach, sorry- I accidentally voted your comment down- i meant to vote it up- what a waste of time stopping like that, especially for older kids.
Answer by Sisteract at 12:35 PM on Jan. 1, 2011