Are We Off-Base About the Obesity Epidemic?
I was riding the train to Edinburgh yesterday to visit friends. I picked up a copy of the English newspaper, The Independent, which had a very interesting article on childhood obesity. This topic has come up frequently in the ADVANCE blogosphere. We've discussed New York's Mayor Bloomberg and his "nanny state" tactic of limiting the size of soft drinks most recently. Well, this article from the place most Americans view as the grand-mama of nanny states thinks maybe this topic needs to be rethought.
The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) supports the idea that fitness and weight are not necessarily dependent on one another. They have published the studies identified in the newspaper. The poor health of the young people today will become the public health problem of tomorrow... unless steps are taken to avert it. So far, it seems there has been little success in mitigating the lowered fitness of UK youth. The government is investing £300 million into primary education to focus on this topic.
Should the US follow suit? Would that investment be better spent in another way? Given today's propensity for seated electronic activity (you're sitting reading this now, aren't you?), will it even be possible to stem the tide of poor fitness?
Update on the complaint issue. The Trust has gotten back to me with an unacceptable response. I'm pursuing a hearing with the national ombudsman. Will tell more when I can.