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Young Canberrans are tubby marshmallows!

By asp 18 August 2007 42

The ABC is reporting that: a new survey has found that more than a quarter of senior primary school students in Canberra are overweight or obese.


Katy Gallagher says these results will help the government to create new strategies to combat our, shall we say “growing” society.

Well, I think enough strategies already exist. The teachers lecture students about what not to eat (though they seem to focus on McDonalds and Coke Cola a little to much). But I think the problem is very much at home. When I was at school, my colleagues seemed to rarely eat a fresh dinner, instead choosing microwave pizza, chips and chicken nuggets in their room or at the local sport club. There’s only so much the government can do. We can’t have a broccoli gestapo now can we?

So, what can we do to prevent the children turning into marshmallows?

If you have kids, what are you feeding them and doing to make sure they eat well?

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thetruth 2:54 pm 23 Aug 07

Yes but the average public servant doesn’t have worry about running a business (a good slice of them add to my hours, but hey).

The fact is that kids doen’t just go down the park…. it takes a little more involvement. Yes my life is a bit extreme – but my point is still valid…. Stop looking for a solution elsewhere use what you have available and get your tubby little marshmellows into doing something (a policy is not the answer)

sepi 8:24 am 22 Aug 07

Realistic people deal with how people are, and try to come up with workable policies.
eg – provide a park, people might go there.

A policy of ‘parents should do 110 hour weeks’ and get the kids to sport is not going to take society by storm.

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