And They Wonder Why This Is Happening
The news is full of it. We are told it has reached epidemic proportions and that "Something Must Be Done". There is talk of action needed, a possible tax and education required.
What Is It?
If you haven't guessed by now, it's obesity. So why am I worked up about it now?
I picked up one granddaughter, aged 3 years from nursery school about 45 minutes ago. The class finishes at 12 noon and she came out sucking a sugary jelly sweet. We give her lunch as soon as she gets home but of course, her appetite isn't as good after eating candy. The other granddaughter comes out of school sucking a sweet too. The teacher handed them out for good behaviour!
In nursery school, children are there for a maximum of 2.5 hours. They get one or two food breaks during the morning, one is a piece of fruit, the other is usually toast. Surely, even 3 and 4 year-olds can last until lunchtime after having had breakfast and one or two snack breaks, without getting sweets (candy) just as they leave?
Primary (Elementary) School
Do children REALLY have to be bribed to behave well in school these days? I know in my day, the cane was available, which it is not now but most teachers I came across seldom used it. I thought praise was the best reward for good behaviour or good work, not introducing a habit of using food as a reward or bribe which could lead to a lifetime's ill health.
Stop Obesity Now
If they really want to stop obesity in its tracks, stop allowing teachers to hand out sweets or candy as rewards and also remove vending machines from school property. Confectionery is NOT a good food, removing it from the school day is NOT deprivation.
Yes, I know that the children's mother could ask for her children not to be given the stuff but then that singles them out and it probably also feels like punishment if they don't get something that everyone else gets.
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