The biggest problem in America today is...

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    Your child.

    Earlier this year in California, a law was made official that banned smoking with a minor in the car. If someone did it, they could get a fine of up to $100. Second hand smoke is shown that after an extended period of time of exposure to cause lung cancer and other respiratory problems in some individuals.

    Not currently on the law books in any state, nor is it being proposed in any state, are laws forbidding parents to feed their children fast food.

    Why is that?

    Because fast food joints employ tens of thousands of people, donate millions of dollars to charity, and are multi-billion dollar corporations... meaning that they are one of the best customers to the federal government.

    My friends, there is a conflict of interest going on.

    The other day I had an opportunity to visit a school cafeteria. Do you know what kind of food was served in this cafeteria? Pizza. Chocolate milk. Cookies. Cakes. Mac & Cheese. There were no vegetables, the fruit couldn't have been less fresh... there were more brownish apples than reddish or greenish apples and they looked dull.

    The number one problem in America today is obesity. I should know - I suffer from it myself. My parents are morbidly obese and I'm getting on my way up there. But the decisions in food choice that I make today were not just the result of living in a home with massive portions and no vegetables. When I was growing up in school, we had Pizza Hut cater to our school, which meant fresh pan pizza every day and not the junk that our school made. The school cafeteria carried soda, chocolate milk or whole milk, mac & cheese, sloppy joe, tacos, burgers, hot dogs... you name it. It all came from food corporations that had contracts with the school for the lowest possible budget because states slash budgets of schools all the time. The food was prepared in the plants by the manufacturer, then frozen and shipped to the schools to be served sometime that month. THAT MONTH! Our kids are eating months-old food that was frozen and then just randomly heated up!

    Yes, our teachers can teach us all they want about health and nutrition and making the right choices as required by the federal government. But when a kid exits that class and heads over for lunch is presented with a chocolate milk and a slice of pizza for $2.50 -- what is the kid going to do????

    It is my sincere hope that with the health reform, we eliminate, not reduce, ELIMINATE this kind of garbage in schools. It's the ultimate do as I say not as I do... a school teaches you about good health and nutrition, but then they can't afford to actually give it to you! Education is not learned by sitting in a 20 x 20 class room in a 2 foot desk with a book in hand. Education is learned by ACTION, by DOING. And if a child is presented with fresh, organic produce that's prepared for them in a tasty way, they'll choose that ONLY if they don't have to compete with pizza and burgers every lunch.

    A child grows up with high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavoring and coloring in almost every breakfast cereal they eat. Frosted flakes? Cinnamon Toast Crunch? "Apple" Jacks? Then they go to a school and eat pizza and chocolate milk for lunch. Then they come home and are served with overwhelming portion sizes of foods prepared with butter and salt that have probably been deep fried or cooked in oil and we wonder why obesity is such a problem in this country!

    We cannot rely on people who have been, in a way, brainwashed on what to serve their children for breakfast and dinner, because 2 out of 3 choices are completely unhealthy for a kid. The education and the ACTION must start at the school and our school budgets must be overhauled IMMEDIATELY so that they contract with corporations to serve lunch to our students that is actually HEALTHY!
     
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    Oh goody just waht the world needs - another health Nazi.
     
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    It's a problem.

    And it's not a "victimless crime."

    We all end up paying the health care costs of the obese.

    The obese mar the landscape with their manatee selves.

    We even pay more for jet fuel because it takes so much more of the stuff to pull the fatties!

    It really pisses me off, personally.

    When I go to the airport and see all these people riding around on scooters BECAUSE THEY'RE TOO FAT TO WALK, I want to scream.

    I think before we start talking about socialized medicine, the government ought to check into forcible slimming by the government.

    I'm serious.

    The "healthcare problem" in America might even disappear!

    Give people a year to get down to a normal weight. Or even 10-20 pounds overweight. Hell, I'll give people 30 pounds overweight. But these people who are 50 to 100 pounds overweight need to be pulled off the streets and put into fat camps. Deny them more than a normal calorie intake. Make them pick up the litter on the highways. Then let them go. If they blimp up again, take harsher measures.

    Ancient Germanics apparently really fucked hard with fat men, because they were essentially letting down the whole tribe by gobbling up food and rendering themselves incapable of fighting enemies. I kind of feel the same way. Besideswhich, it's just fucking GROSS.
     
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    2 health Nazi's and counting...
     
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    Actually, he's got a point.. The shit they're serving in schools now, compared to when I went is just that. Shit.

    When I went, Friday's menu was whole milk, pizza (4"x4" slice), salad, some vegetable, a piece of garlic bread (maybe 2"x3"), and something like jello for dessert. That was your meal - there were no options, no substitutions, and certainly no junk food machines tucked into the corner.

    Just as an example.

    Now, from what I hear, you can practically get a big mac in school for lunch.
     
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    Why don't you smarten up just a little bit, huh?

    If you want to feed your kid lasagna for dinner when he gets home,followed by fried ice cream, with fried cheesecake on top, that's on you.

    But if they're eating school lunch, they should be eating crap that will help them focus, and that's at least somewhat well balanced, and will not put them into a freaking coma within 15 minutes
     
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    Yeah and as son as we could get off campus for lunch we went and for me that was more than forty years ago. Why does stuff that is supposedly good for you always have to taste like crap?

    And the problem with McDonalds is serving size. Same is true any other fast food place you go and why these collosal serving sizes? Because that is what the consumer wants. McDonalds has tried off and on for years to sell salads. They gave up. Why? Because no one ever bought one.

    The problem isn't the fast food industry on this one, the problem is we the people are getting exactly what the hell we want and the freaking health and food Nazis aren't happy.

    If you die of myocardial infarction at forty because you just had to have your daily 6000 calory intake you didn't cost the government money, over the long term you saved them money.
     
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    I'll admit I'm carrying a few extra pounds - about 20 lbs overweight, give or take 2-3. It used to be more after having the kids, but I've been really watching what the kids (and by extension myself) eat and basically banning junk food in the house. To this point they've been in daycare with cheap, salty fried food every single day (or else balogna sandwiches - is that stuff really food?). They start KG tomorrow and the school lunch menu actually looks much healthier than the junk they've been having, with the daily option of a chef salad (which my kids will actually eat) instead of the regular offering. I for one am pleased about the improvements with them entering school compared to what they've had.
     
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    Likely because you can't cook. :eusa_eh:
     
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    Until you can afford to pay yours and your familiy's own medical bills WITHOUT health insurance, the full fees, the government should have SOME right to regulate your diet. The pizza, and burgers and hot dogs and cakes and snacks that we all eat cause us to get overweight and to have problems such as diabetes and heart disease and then health insurance companies have to pay the doctors fees and hospital fees and this fee and that fee and that causes premiums to go up which cause less people to be able to afford health insurance or makes using health insurance more difficult to obtain or keep or maintain which leads to trillions of dollars spent to reform health care all because people are making the wrong nutrition choices.

    And if you don't think 90% of medical related illnesses are due to poor nutrition, then you need to smarten up.
     

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