Archive for Monday, October 15, 2007

Legislature considers anti-obesity measures

October 15, 2007


— State lawmakers today were considering measures aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

"Physical inactivity is killing our children," said Kim Morrissey, a physical education instructor in a Wichita elementary school.

A parade of teachers and health officials urged the Legislative Educational Planning Committee to recommend a package of measures to fight childhood obesity for the Legislature to consider when the 2008 session starts in January.

Rates of obese chidren have tripled over the past 20 years, health officials said. In Kansas, approximately 30 percent of schoolchildren are either overweight or at risk of becoming overweight.

State Rep. Pat Colloton, R-Leawood, and others suggested focusing on middle schools where physical education is not required.

"At the middle school level, that is where the data shows that kids are really packing it on," she said.

Mark Tallman, a spokesman for the Kansas Association of School Boards, urged lawmakers to provide the necessary funding if the Legislature mandates new programs.


avoice 10 years, 6 months ago

The obesity problem stems from the chemicals in the food we consume. Take our kids' (and our) diets back at least 50 years and give us the foods we had then: not filled with preservatives, not genetically altered, not loaded with steroids and antibiotics. I'll bet you'd cut the weight gain in half at least. To keep the toxins from collecting in our bodies requires an extreme amount of exercise, more than the average person is capable of doing on a daily basis. Just give people, especially kids, real food!

kugrad 10 years, 6 months ago

It's K-State fans trying to get rid of Mangino!

Haiku_Cuckoo 10 years, 6 months ago

Maybe they should also outlaw blondes. Or lefties. Or kids who wear glasses.

Let me guess: Your kid is a fatso.

lovenhaight 10 years, 6 months ago


Um, I don't think that they are going to send the overweight kids to some kind of concentration camp, they are just going to improve the physical education kids receive. Calm down. This is a positive thing.

kansas778 10 years, 6 months ago

Well, let's do the balance test on this issue. What are the benefits? Children will exercise more, have healthier lives (at least until they graduate), hopefully will learn the habit of exercising and continue it, and as a result we would have reduced medical costs for society at large. What are the costs? The children who would not have participated in PE will miss out on taking a class they would prefer to take. Benefits outweigh the costs, implement the program.

gogoplata 10 years, 6 months ago

This is crazy. There should be no money spent on this. Drink 2 liters of water instead of 2 liters of pop. Snack on fruit instead of potato chips and candybars. Haul your fat behind off the couch and go do something fun like play basketball, football, ride a bike, or go for a walk. PE teachers already have all the money they need to be able to teach kids about calorie intake vs calories burned. Watch a season of the biggest loser. Weight loss is simple, just not easy.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 6 months ago

"At the middle... is where the data shows that kids are really packing it on...."

Well, I suppose that would be expected.

Ceallach 10 years, 6 months ago

They have cut back on the number of hours children do physical education, feed a luncheon menu that would fatten up Ghandi and now they moan about childhood obesity. Don't they still have snack and soda machines in some of our schools?

ndmoderate 10 years, 6 months ago

Why did they take away mandatory PE in school in the first place? Why can't it be put back?

kansas778 10 years, 6 months ago

Marion: The Nanny State at work again.

This job is part of parenting, not the job of the Village of Hillaryidiots!

There is a problem with this though, they are not arguing for an extension of government control, as children are already required to go to school and take classes. Many of those classes are already mandatory like English and Math, so there is no extension of government power or intrusion into private concerns. It's really just a curriculum change, and nothing more. The ONLY harm is that these kids will get one less elective class, which is a tangible harm, but the benefit far outweighs the harm.

Calliope877 10 years, 6 months ago

logicsound, I agree. I think a lot of people have children becase they think that's the next step they should take in life. I'm not stating this as fact by any means, but in my opinion it seems that many people in the south and in the midwest are brought up with this notion ingrained into their heads that there is a formula for happiness in one's life: go to school, get a job, get married young, have kids young, enjoy grandkids, retire, and die. There is nothing wrong with a life like that, but I don't think all people should take that path or be expected to take that path. Along with the well-meaning people who evolve from this "life formula", there are really stupid people trying to follow this "idealized" formula who have no business breeding.

cowboy 10 years, 6 months ago

Just don't let them in the restaurants and bars , you know like smokers , then cut off all those twitchy double latte people , then those donut eaters , then those blunt smokin ones , then the ones that aren't dressed well , jeez there is no end. the biggest health risk in the next decade is going to be politicus correctis sphinteritis.

Godot 10 years, 6 months ago

When did the schools eliminate compulsory physical education classes?

clyde_never_barks 10 years, 6 months ago

Godot (Anonymous) says:

When did the schools eliminate compulsory physical education classes?

About the time Johnny and/or Mary got embarrassed when they saw someone else's pee-pee or who-haw in the showers and they complained to their mommies and/or daddies (or mommies and mommies - or daddies and daddies) enough that the school board thought maybe it would be best if students spent more time in "home room" studying, or messing around, further pushing the sedentary mentality.

This whole thing will take a generation to cycle back to the beginning.

Ceallach 10 years, 6 months ago

Thanks 04. I no longer have direct dealings with the K-12 schools and wasn't sure how they resolved the machines issue.

Increasing the number of physical education classes per semester is bound to help a little. I do wonder how much influence an elementary child has over their parent's buying and meal preparation decisions. Perhaps educational material taught in the classroom could then be sent home to parents? While not all parents may consider it helpful or welcome, it does give those interested in improving the children's nutrition a chance to learn some helpful shopping/eating strategies.

Podesta 10 years, 6 months ago

I am surprised the Fat Acceptance Movement people haven't shown up, though there are a couple remarks that could have come from them. The legislators will have to maneuver around them much has been done with people who support smoking.

gccs14r 10 years, 6 months ago

Remove the sugar subsidy and food companies will quit using high-fructose corn syrup and other toxic sugar replacements. That will go a long way toward improving the health of our citizens.

gr 10 years, 6 months ago

PE classes won't solve the problem. Look at the lunch programs. Make that Junk food programs!

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