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Fighting Childhood Obesity

Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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Childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in recent years, and a recent report says Ohio is headed towards an obesity crisis. Within the next ten years, the obesity rate here could eclipse fifty percent. Some say it's time for government to step in. A new legislative proposal would start with the lunch line at the cafeteria. Tuesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation about the bill and just how much schools can do to help Ohioans slim down.


Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health, Other, Parenting/Child Care


Beth Spinks, Supervisor of nutrition services, Berea city schools
Dr. Leona Cuttler, Director, The Center for Child Health and Policy, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

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Michelle 9:22 AM 12/15/09

Is there any legislation in process to eliminate the growth hormone and antibiotic use in our factory farming system? Is this being discussed as being a contributing factor to the obesity crisis and our overall health in general?

Rich DeColibus 9:32 AM 12/15/09

C’mon guys, obesity is a huge problem and it’s a problem because parents want to shuck responsibility for raising their children off to someone else.  The schools’ job is to educate the next generation, not replace parents.  When obesity appears on the state tests that rate schools, then it becomes a proper issue for discussion with respect to schools.  Until then, it’s simply another burden and non-educational task dumped on schools to “solve.”

Ted Jordan 9:36 AM 12/15/09

Are the panelist seeing that there are parents that are still forcing children to eat all of the food off their plates?

I am finding that parents are still doing this, and am surprised.  There was a trend years ago that you have to listen to your kids. 

I see parents also overheat their kids.  They make kids where their coats even tho they say they are too hot.

James Reedy of Wadsworth 9:50 AM 12/15/09

I strongly support your goals!

Obesity is a national issue.  Americans eat a very unhealthy diet, and we pass it on to our kids.  On average Americans consume nearly 150lbls of sugar and sugar replacements per year.  This means many cosume more than 150 pounds.  150 pounds of sugar is equivalent to 1657 calories per day (150lbs x 16oz/lb x 28g/oz x 9 cal/g).  How do we expect our children to burn this off in a day?

Our nation is living on processed food which is filled with sugar and sugar replacements.  We need to replace all these empty carbs with fresh fruot and vegetables. 

Please take your message to Washington.  Until we balance our food intake our health will continue deteriorate, and we will continue to spend more per capita on health care than any other country in the world

Missy McCarthy 9:51 AM 12/15/09

I worked in a local school as a middle school math teacher and I was astounded at what the 12-15 year old kids had to “chose” from for their lunch. They could, and most would, buy chips, pop, and an ice cream sandwich each and every day. Their parents probably had no idea that was what they were buying. It all seemed really profit-driven rather than kids health driven. I thought then, and think as a mother now, why sell those things at all. Knowing kids don’t necessarily eat well at home, why offer such unhealthy choices at all.


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