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The war on fat kiddies continues

By 20 September 2012 10

Chief Minister Gallaher has found some more money to get kids in better shape:

If re-elected in 2012, ACT Labor will boost our investment to $390,000 over four years to promote healthy eating and exercise in primary schools – so more kids are Active Kids.

The boost in funding will be provided to the Physical Activity Foundation to encourage growth in the Active Kids Challenge.

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10 Responses to The war on fat kiddies continues
#1
snoopydoc10:29 pm, 20 Sep 12

Direct the funding to provide human-sized hamster wheels, or exercise bikes, hooked up to generators. The fattest kids in the class can rotate through, and the school can reduce their energy bills. :-)

#2
Lissy9:47 am, 21 Sep 12

Waste of 400K. Would rather have dedicated PE teachers back in schools and kids out moving for an hour each day (though of course, that is not reflected in NAPLAN scores).

Supporting our kids to be healthy starts in the home. It is pretty easy really – give kids nutritious food with the occasional TREAT (yep, fizzy drinks, chips, cakes and lollies are treats), limit screen time and get them out of the house moving.

Oh, say no when they are demanding crap. Let them tantrum and still say no.

#3
Watson10:51 am, 21 Sep 12

Boombalata kiddie-stuffer
Your kids are fat, did you notice that?
What are you gonna do about it?
What are you gonna do?

A 10 week “challenge” apparently… If I remember correctly, it centers mainly around giving kids a sticker if they bring in the healthiest lunch or something?

#4
Truthiness11:15 am, 21 Sep 12

Thumper said :

Just close down McDonalds and you’ll solve about 25% of the problem.

Thumper may be on to something

#5
Madam Cholet12:06 pm, 21 Sep 12

I’m appalled by what I see parents putting in their shopping baskets. Everything out of a box, loaded with sugar, salt and fat. I’m 40 years old and I learned to cook courtesy of my mum – not through dedicated sessions, but just because she put a meal made from scratch on the table most days. I find it quite easy to do the same even though unlike my mum I work close to full time. I reckon im part of the last generation able to do this. I have a young son who is naturally active and he’s as much into eating fruit as he is into eating – sweet stuff, when I let him. The fact is, if you don’t buy it, they can’t eat it.

Educate the parents and you’ll get the next gen doing it for themselves.

#6
Watson12:42 pm, 21 Sep 12

Those school programs surely are only effective if they reinforce a message the kids already are getting at home. Or at least trigger some healthy communication about the topic at home. Kids don’t control what they eat, their parents do…

More exercise at school is always a good thing for those sedentary kids, but 10 weeks a year is going to make SFA difference too. Again, kids are unlikely to change their habits at home without their parents’ support.

#7
Thumper12:57 pm, 21 Sep 12

Truthiness said :

Thumper said :

Just close down McDonalds and you’ll solve about 25% of the problem.

Thumper may be on to something

It’s terrible. The number of fat mums and dads taking their tubby lard ass kids to McDonalds.

I just shake my head in disbelief.

#8
Mysteryman1:27 pm, 21 Sep 12

Truthiness said :

Thumper said :

Just close down McDonalds and you’ll solve about 25% of the problem.

Thumper may be on to something

Hardly. Incompetent, lazy, negligent parents will just find other sources of fat, sugar laden death to feed their little fatties.

#9
Johnny_Moe3:35 pm, 21 Sep 12

1. Make sport competitive at a young age again. I won my first soccer grand final when I was in kindergarten in 92, playing sport for fun spits in the face of Roman Gladiators.

2. Anti-bullying policies are also to blame for all the overweight children. When I went to school there was 1 fat kid per grade, now it seems there is one skinny kid per grade.

To summarise, if you are a parent and you were born in the 70s you are to blame for this generation of fat kids.

#10
IMposter9:15 pm, 21 Sep 12

DHS should remove fat children from their homes – if a child under 15 is obese then they are victims of child abuse.

Johnny_Moe said :

2. Anti-bullying policies are also to blame for all the overweight children. When I went to school there was 1 fat kid per grade, now it seems there is one skinny kid per grade.

Here, here. Let your kids point and stare at the fatties, if they don’t have the self-shame someone needs to teach them.

I’m sick of seeing fatties in magazines, having anorexic models created a better social attitude. These day people see a size 14 woman and think ‘oh I’m not a hippo, I’m only 2 sizes bigger than that model, now where’s my cake?’.

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