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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?

Nursery School

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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VinceSummers wrote on September 8, 2017, 4:51 PM

In the U.S., there doesn't seem to be a problem such as you mention, but the lunches the kids are served are horrendous. They used to be fairly decent when I was a kid. i still recall turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, a roll, and milk, all for a fraction of a dollar. Good food at a great price! Now the food is shipped in and is pure slop. At least here in Nelson County, Virginia.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 9, 2017, 7:43 AM

I would have to admit the students need better nutrition so they all should try to bring in their own bag lunches. A good sandwich, an apple or an orange, a small chocolate pudding and some leafy greens and a small milk. But I preferred a Peanutbutter sandwich with corn chips, milk and a Mrs. Baird's chocolate pie.

Kasman wrote on September 10, 2017, 9:22 AM

Processed foods (including confectionery and other junk foods) are at the heart of the problem but there is money to be made producing and selling such stuff so I don't see an end to it. I think that a minor improvement in some people's health is about all we can expect. Do remember that we live in a free society (in theory at least!) and if people want to eat such junk they will.

MegL wrote on September 10, 2017, 10:14 AM

Problem is, TEACHERS are contributing to the problem, by using confectionery as rewards. They really should know better.