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The wealthier they are, the better they can eat

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This week’s news that inner-city school districts in the Capital Region have more overweight or obese students than their wealthier suburban counterparts was hardly earth-shattering. Still, the new state Health Department statistics were welcome, even as they offer yet another way to stigmatize poor districts. Of course kids from homes that can’t afford quality food, which is more expensive than junk food, are likely to be heavier. A diet of hot dogs, chips and other ...


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muggy
July 20, 2013
6:31 a.m.

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"Kids are getting better-quality food in their school lunches (and breakfasts) these days, thanks to new rules pushed by First Lady Michele Obama." I'm in schools everyday of the school year (184-days). Kids are rejecting Michele Obama's menu - in droves! The irony is that kids ARE going hungry because of Michele Obama's micromanagement of local school nutrition! This editorial comes from a leftist prospective: Parents are stupid and "need to be told the truth about junk food." Typical leftist superiority. My daughter was admonished recently for eating pudding for a snack. She was told not to bring it in again. I have an idea. How about teaching our kids and leave the "what they eat" part to the parents? OK?

reader1
July 20, 2013
7:43 a.m.

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To the Editorial writer - I wonder if there has been any research re: food prices and healthy eating. While I would think eating some of the organic foods and pricier cuts of meats and fish might be financially out of reach for poorer shoppers - I'm not so sure, or at least I don't know, whether - given the same amount of money one could not eat a reasonably healthy diet.

wmarincic
July 20, 2013
7:43 a.m.

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Liberals want to control every part of your life from cradle to grave. They believe we are stupid and can not make the right decisions in our lives. Guess what, I eat better but sometimes I eat crap because it tastes good. What is life if you cant enjoy it. Get the kids off their asses and they will lose wait. Change the desks to ones they have to stand up for not sit down. Make gym mandatory 3 times a day 30 minutes a class. It is not just the junk food it is sitting on their butts 22 out of 24 hours a day.

reader1
July 20, 2013
8:19 a.m.

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wmarincic - It's not a problem you can address with one solution. The solutions are found in the Editorial writer's points, as well as yours.

Given the burden on the health care system obesity, a preventable and manageable disease, causes - the government has a legitimate interest in taking steps to address it. Although I think Mayor Bloomberg's a little over the top, but if government can help they should get involved.

Junk food - everything in moderation. Mandatory gym class, ok, 3x a day might be a bit much - but I agree - kids need to be encouraged if not pushed to be more active.

reader1
July 21, 2013
7:53 a.m.

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Agree about the food stamps issue. Why invest money in a way which precipitates health costs and is unnecessary.

Part of it has to do with education and marketing. Community Gardens brings a truck every Friday into the Hamilton Hill neighborhood near Jerry Burrell Park and I am surprised more people do not use it.

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