Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Obesity is a Threat to National Security?

According to Michelle Obama, that would be correct! Since one in four potential recruits is over weight, she didn't say how much, just not within the military guidelines, that is somehow supposed to threaten our national security in a volunteer military. Well, I might get my knickers in a knot if our public school system was in place for military preparation, but it isn't. Elementary school to military would be way to Nazi-ish Hitler youth, now, wouldn't it? I am glad that Michelle brought the subject to our attention, however. Since we now know that the government feels school meals are responsible for our nation's problem with weight, let's address a few of the issues that have been existing for decades now. Years ago, when I was in elementary school, the school lunch was obviously abundant in carbs, yet adhered to the square meal concept with the square containing four food groups. We always had fruit/vegetables, dairy, meat and grains. It was, as I said, high carb, but basically balanced for the information we had and the activities of kids for the time. I think Michelle is missing the point. Although the government has done a number of ridiculous changes to miss the real point of nutrition, the government is also missing the fact that most kids do not get the amount of exercise and activity that kids got in the 60's and 70's. Kids are so much more sedentary now and on top of that, the nutritional guidelines are no longer based upon four food groups from a square, but rather 6, from a pyramid. Clearly, the 60's and 70's produced plenty of soldiers for the Viet Nam draft, so it would seem the most logical perspective would be to eliminate the misnomer introduced through the Reagan years that ketchup is a vegetable, and rather than the government gaining more control; get back to the 4 basic food groups, no breakfast at school, certainly no
$4. something billion dollar dinners, and more activities for young people than strapped into a vehicle and sitting in a school desk all day.
Michelle Obama's mantra was supposed to be "get moving," not more government control for national security!
And G~D said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed . . . Torah of Holy Scripture
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