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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    How do you know they haven't?
    If they have then it hasn't yet sunk in, so more effort is needed. This seems like an eminently sensible and imaginative initiative to assist their health education. I really can't see what the fuss is about.
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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    seems the best way to address obesity at school is health class and PE.
    I assume that's where they would use these. As an experiment in health class or whatever. Homework.

    That said, unfortunately, many schools have had to eliminate PE class because of budget cutbacks.

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    If this is voluntary with the parent's permission, fine.


    If it is being done against parental wishes, I'd tear someone's head off and **** down their neck.

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Sounds like a terrible idea to me. **shrugs**

    I understand childhood obesity is a problem, BUT it's not one schools and teachers should be dealing with.
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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by melg89 View Post
    Sounds like a terrible idea to me. **shrugs**

    I understand childhood obesity is a problem, BUT it's not one schools and teachers should be dealing with.
    Why? The schools feed the kids 1-2 of the meals they eat a day, the schools have the kids for 7 hours a day during which they have control over whether the kids are active or not. Lots of times the kids are in school until 3, then they're in after school activities maybe until 5, and have a bed time of 8... If the kids are getting fat, that seems like it's at least as much on the school as it is on the parents. Maybe they cut PE too much, maybe PE isn't strenuous enough anymore, maybe they serve too much pizza and too little broccoli at lunch, maybe they need to get rid of the vending machines, etc. Seems like the least they could do is help the kids understand how physical activity relates to their health.

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    If they have then it hasn't yet sunk in, so more effort is needed.
    What do you mean it hasn't?

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    Why? The schools feed the kids 1-2 of the meals they eat a day, the schools have the kids for 7 hours a day during which they have control over whether the kids are active or not. Lots of times the kids are in school until 3, then they're in after school activities maybe until 5, and have a bed time of 8... If the kids are getting fat, that seems like it's at least as much on the school as it is on the parents. Maybe they cut PE too much, maybe PE isn't strenuous enough anymore, maybe they serve too much pizza and too little broccoli at lunch, maybe they need to get rid of the vending machines, etc. Seems like the least they could do is help the kids understand how physical activity relates to their health.
    And this is necessary to help them understand?

    While we're on a mission of understanding: I'd like some explanation as to how they decide to choose the food sources they do - and why . . . let's here some truth as to what's really in school lunches since they're all about exposure all of a sudden.
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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    Why? The schools feed the kids 1-2 of the meals they eat a day, the schools have the kids for 7 hours a day during which they have control over whether the kids are active or not. Lots of times the kids are in school until 3, then they're in after school activities maybe until 5, and have a bed time of 8... If the kids are getting fat, that seems like it's at least as much on the school as it is on the parents. Maybe they cut PE too much, maybe PE isn't strenuous enough anymore, maybe they serve too much pizza and too little broccoli at lunch, maybe they need to get rid of the vending machines, etc. Seems like the least they could do is help the kids understand how physical activity relates to their health.
    I'm not saying schools shouldn't provide better lunches at school, because they should. The sh** that passes for "food" in a school cafeteria is absolutely mind-blowing. And I don't just say that because it's healthier or because of overweight kids, I say it because half of it I wouldn't feed to my dog- and that speaks volumes. I just don't think it needs to go beyond that.
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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    And this is necessary to help them understand?
    It certainly seems like a good way to do it to me. The kind of thing that would get the kids interested.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    While we're on a mission of understanding: I'd like some explanation as to how they decide to choose the food sources they do - and why . . . let's here some truth as to what's really in school lunches since they're all about exposure all of a sudden.
    Well, you can read through the transcripts of the House Republicans shredding the dietary guidelines for school lunches from last month. The infamous one where the declared pizza to be a vegetable.

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Kids don't eat 1/2 their lunches anyway - I found my school actually gave food in a form that was inedible without a knife to cut it - did they really think giving a slab of turkey passed as providing lunch and I wouldn't say something?

    But all in all: school lunches in this area are actually healthier - if you calculate up all the values - than what they eat at home . .. of coures: the majority of this state is overweight.
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