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Study: Junk food laws may help curb kids' obesity

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Unrepresented, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Dunno if this crosses the "political" threshold, but I think it's interesting to know that kids today are a little healthier because of the actions our states and cities have taken.
  2. gubment having to do the parenting because the parents won't.
  3. I think that's good.

    IMO folks are too quick to jump on the "Hey! Don't tell me what to do big brother!" bandwagon whenever any type of new legislation comes up. But it's good to see some positive results from this stuff
  4. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I've been saying public schools should stop selling soda and junk food for years now, as well as been a supporter of spending more for healthier, better quality cafeteria food. Unfortunately, this is a problem that begins at home and I can guarantee most of the kids who want a Coke with their lunch will have one when they get home alongside a bag of Doritos.
  5. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    I've always been so mixed on this stuff. Like in this instance I don't think it's a bad thing - it's good. But at times I really wonder where we should be drawing the line between "full freedom" vs "nanny state". While you have one law of this sort that makes good sense, you may have another 5 that are totally nonsensical...
    OK, I really can't elaborate because it's bound to turn things instantly political. Im'a just gonna step away now :) No derailing intended!
  6. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    "Political Hot Potato"! :D

    Shouldn't they be using a healthier root vegetable to try and set a good example? You know....... Something less starchy. With more fiber. And lots of vitamin A?
  7. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    But if the kid's only getting their bag of chips and a coke at home, instead of consuming that all day, both at school and at home, that's already an improvement. Five days a week for six hours a day, there are less unhealthy options for growing kids.
  8. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    Another way to look at it is that kids can potentially pick up good habits from school even if they're not being always reinforced at home. At least in thsi way they might have a fighting chance to learn good eating habits vs almost none?
  9. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    I think such steps are more palatable (see what I di...never mind...) to the politicians as the alternative would be to take on the processed food industry, and the makers of high fructose corn syrup (or "Corn Sugar" as they are calling it now, so we will think it's healthy and different!). Asking a politician to take on the food industry (or, for that matter, the pharmaceutical industry - as they are joined at the hip) is impossible. Too much money at stake.

    Convenience foods are, by their definition, more convenient in this fast paced life, but they cannot begin to approach the flavours and health benefits afforded by 'slow food.' If the politicians were to spend more time and money (they have money from the HFCS producers lobbyists!) promoting slow food and organic foods, there would be less health problems (which the pharmaceutical companies like). Unfortunately, the likes of Monsanto also have the government in their pocket, so we're stuck with Junk.

    Politicians spend huge amounts of money running ads to tell us how hideous the other guy is. They work for their lobbyists, not you and I. If that money were spent on PSAs to show how junk food can kill you (obviously moderation is the key), more people would change their eating habits. It'll never happen because the food industry has too much political ($$$$) clout.
  10. JehuJava

    JehuJava Bass Frequency Technician

    Oct 15, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    You listen to Norman Goldman don't you?

    I think this is partially true. Parents should be setting the discipline. But it shouldn't be a free for all when kids go to school.
  11. That was funny :D
  12. Eh, it's state gumment stuff, not federal. I'm OK with it. Kids often make poor choices. I see nothing wrong here.
  13. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    But what about the many states that don't protect their children through anti-junk food laws?
  14. no idea who Norman Goldman is. I also never stated whether I was for, against, or any degree in between.
  15. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    But we have freedom to choose, that's gotta be worth nothing. :bag:
  16. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Potatoes are actually quite healthy. Especially the skins.
  17. You mean the unrepresented?
    : D

    Write your congressman.
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Like most issues I try to look at both sides. Can't really see the downside of less crap food in schools. The only side I really see pushing for them to be there is the companies that profit from it... screw the consequences.

    So what is the downside of mandating less crap for kids? Serious question.
  19. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    This pretty much sums up my viewpoint. As you were :)
  20. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    The states are responsible for the public school system, so whatever they do with them is their prerogative.

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