School junk food: not responsible for obese kids

POSTED: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 8:25am

UPDATED: Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 9:25pm

East Texans talk-back on study results and overweight children

The "Sociology Of Education" recently published a thorough study on childhood obesity.

Researchers concluded children who attend schools that sell junk food such as soda and doughnuts do not gain any more weight than students who attend schools where that type of food isn't available.

East Texans talk-back on the study and the obesity epidemic in our nation's children.

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No one is suing the schools.

Isn't this still America, where people are free to choose what they want to eat? Or have we now been banned from even that minor choice? There are too many fat people. Okay, if they choose to exercise, and eat right, then good. If not, then don't they still have the right to decide for themselves? Give the kids at school a choice. I believe that it is still their right.

It's not that we disagree about offering healthier choices to children at school, it's a good thing. But we have parents of children who start school 50% to 100% overweight suing the school districts for their children being overweight.

No one said the state is best to raise our kids. It's just a shame that so much junk food is sold in schools. Having all that junk food available doesn't exactly help kids make healthy food choices, does it? Just because it does not contribute or cause obesity does not mean it's a good thing otherwise. So I guess everyone on the right just wants to pump the kids full of sugary, high-fat, corn-syrup laden treats. Very nice.

Why does it always take a study by the left to discover what we on the right already knew? Then they'e surprised by the outcome. But we must also be cautious not to fall into the sovietism that the state is best to raise our children and the parents the worst.

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