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Old 11-06-2010, 10:04 PM   #346
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Yup, my Uncle was tall and relatively skinny. He managed his diabetes fairly well, but he had a bad heart, smoked and could not control his salt intake--so he died from a massive heart attack at 51 after a quintuple (yes 5) bypass in his mid-forties. You would have never known by looking at him.
Thank you for sharing this. I don't smoke now. But, I use to.

All of you young folks, please don't start smoking. It is very addictive. I know first hand how tough it is to quit. There is nothing "glamorous or rock star cool" about it. I gave it up. When, I noticed some breathing problems when trying to sleep on my back. Thankfully, I don't have anymore problems.
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I wasn't Miss super jock in PE either. Especially with field hocky and lacrosse. I totally sucked at both. My point is, get children involved in playing what they like to play. Activity is the key. It could be dance, hide and seek or swimming and etc. You don't have to be super athletic. Just have fun.
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I see lots children playing outside including my sister's kids. Sure, sometimes they're inside watching a dvd or playing on the computer, but that's basically no different from when I used to stay inside reading or making a puzzle. And when I was in the house for too long my mother kicked me out . Again it's a matter of parental responsibility.

For the record, not being good at sports, I absolutely hated PE and always getting picked last etc. To me it was an absolute waste of time and I skipped it the entire final year to go out to record stores.
So did my mom. She would say go outside and play. Of course, she didn't have a problem with my love of reading. She encouraged it. Working as a long term, substitute teacher. Mom always bought me all the books. I wanted. I still can't go into a book store and not purchase a couple of books. I buy more books than cds.
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Well, I didn't know that. That's quite interesting.
Here is an article from the NYTimes today that is a good example of what sorts of things the dairy lobby does:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/us...e&ref=homepage

Keep in mind that this is a small problem in comparison to the sorts of subsidies they receive and the quota systems that they insist on.
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Thanks Anitram for the article. I do eat cheese on ocassion. But not a whole pizza pie full. A normal portion. Everything is about moderation and getting in on some exercise. I walk the two K to work, unless the weather is bad. Then, I take the public hybred bus.
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I'm aware of the things anitram has raised, and I also fully admit to having waaaay too much dairy in my diet. I love it so and am so happy to not have a lactose intolerance.
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I had required physical education classes from first grade through senior year of high school.

There weren't very many obese kids in my high school. And I went to high school in classic suburbia.

I eat terribly, I admit. A lot of food that's bad for me, not that much that's good for me. I also am fifteen to twenty pounds underweight. I play basketball every Sunday.
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I had required physical education classes from first grade through senior year of high school.
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take my salt, take my cheese... do what you want.

the number one problem with childhood obesity is not what we eat. it's what we do, or rather don't do.

should we worry about what foods we eat, and make sure we eat healthier? yes, of course. should there be higher taxes on products that are unhealthy? meh... i don't think so, but i can see the argument.

but the #1 thing that needs to be done is a drastic reworking of the physical education departments in our schools, starting from kindergarten all the way through high school.

this should be a national priority. we need to get our kids healthier and more active from the get go, so that by the time they graduate from high school and move on to adulthood staying active is second nature, not an afterthought.
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I hated PE, too, for the same reason-not athletically inclined AT ALL.

That said, I think we certainly could use more of it in school, get kids some exercise every now and again (and we could quit banning games like tag and let kids freakin' run around at recess again and have FUN, too, that'd certainly help)

Angela
HUGE problem. we don't get our kids play tag and we've banned dodge ball, 'cause god forbid somebody gets their feelings hurt, or they get pushed too hard and scrape their knee, or break a bone.

when i go to my parents house i drive past the park where i spent endless hours playing... still have plenty of organized sports, football and baseball mostly, but very few kids just playing, if any at all.

that's another problem... we've gotten so obsessed with scholarships and money that kids specialize too early. a 4th grader is not a superstar at anything, and should not be playing just one sport.

we have 5th grade AAU basketball teams who travel the friggin nation year round playing tournaments, and scouts who's job is to rank the best 5th graders in the country. are you fucking nuts?

here...

Middle School Elite Top 20 National Player Rankings 5th Grade (Class of 2018) | Middle School Elite

those kids should be at the park playing by themselves without any adults making sure that nobody gets a boo boo. basketball, football, deck hockey, tag, kill the man with the ball... whatever.

i ate like shit as a kid. i was also incredibly active. i was in great shape my entire life, and only put weight on after college was over and i didn't have to go to 2 1/2 hours of practice every day anymore. alcohol, it's a bitch.

so yea... healthier choices for our diets? absolutely. but the key is getting our kids more active, diversifying the sports they play at a young age, and leaving them the hell alone. it's okay if they get a few bumps and bruises along the way. it happens. the alternative is a bunch of fat pansy asses.
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yeah i don't get anywhere near as much exercise as i did five years ago, but i've noticed a change too... there aren't as many kids kicking a soccer ball on the footy oval near my joint, nor are there as many kids on the bike jumps as there was five years ago.
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ding.

take my salt, take my cheese... do what you want.

the number one problem with childhood obesity is not what we eat. it's what we do, or rather don't do.

should we worry about what foods we eat, and make sure we eat healthier? yes, of course. should there be higher taxes on products that are unhealthy? meh... i don't think so, but i can see the argument.

but the #1 thing that needs to be done is a drastic reworking of the physical education departments in our schools, starting from kindergarten all the way through high school.

this should be a national priority. we need to get our kids healthier and more active from the get go, so that by the time they graduate from high school and move on to adulthood staying active is second nature, not an afterthought.
This is pretty much what I was trying to get at throughout the thread, only you said it a lot better . Agreed on your other post, too.

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Twinkie Diet! How to Shed 27 Pounds

I promise. I will not post anymore Food Police links until after the
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Here's my final one for the year.
Enjoy and remember, moderation in all things

Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds - CNN.com
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but the #1 thing that needs to be done is a drastic reworking of the physical education departments in our schools, starting from kindergarten all the way through high school.
The problem is that it costs money. School districts are trying to cut back on things. You're going to be hard pressed to find people trying to push for the added spending.
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I do think the rise of organized children's sports has done some good things for girls, who in practice very often got shut out of all those neighborhood ball games (and not incidentally, the teamwork skills they foster) in the "good old days." Still, I do remember girls where I grew up playing tag, double-dutch, and "cheerleader" (handstands, backflips, cartwheels etc.) regularly; lots more physical activity than I see most kids of either sex engaging in today.

All three of our kids love pickup games of any kind, but they do often wind up playing with each other or with us, since so many of their friends either never "feel like it," or else get winded and give up quickly when they do. Even the kids in organized sports--which our daughter does, and which our oldest son used to do (he's more into running now)--quite a few of those kids, too, are surprisingly overweight these days, at least in my experience. And while neither of the high schools I attended had mandatory Phys Ed (actually, I guess one of them required a year of it, but otherwise it was elective), my impression was that most of my peers were glad for that at that age--often teenagers aren't keen on going to class all sweaty and flushed from gym, even if they look forward to after-school sports. So, I'm not really inclined to buy that expanded Phys Ed programs are the answer. Frankly, far too many kids simply snack waaaaaay too much, on high-calorie, low-nutrient foods at that--too much of an instant-gratification relationship with food (and, yes, this too is something I see quite clearly in several of our kids' friends). The point of encouraging physical activity shouldn't be to enable kids to eat all the crap they want without getting fat--after all, plenty of adults manage to stay trim and fit on only mild levels of physical activity, and there's no good reason why kids who aren't into sports can't do the same.
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The problem is that it costs money. School districts are trying to cut back on things. You're going to be hard pressed to find people trying to push for the added spending.
Schools should really be the last things to cut back on spending
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