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"Liberal" writer cries foul on "obesity" claims

web posted February 10 2010
Dear Editor:
Just recently, I read two articles about government related spending that I feel compelled to comment on. One article talked about how the current high unemployment is affecting the number of teachers that are being hired by schools. The other article told about 119 million dollars in grants, from The U.S. Government, to fight obesity in The United States.

I am probably one of the most politically liberal members of my family, but even I have to speak out against such clear wasteful spending by our government !

What is the great un-known about obesity ?  I do believe that a very small percentage of obesity is caused by real medical problems, but the over-whelming cases are simply due to over-eating and a gross lack of exercise ! 

How in the name of common sense can parents and grand-parents expect their children to stay in good shape when the “in-thing” to do is to stay in front of the television, the computer, and the cell phone ?!  If the government is truly concerned about obesity, then tax-payers’ dollars need to be spent to greatly revive the “physical-education” part of school life ! 

Our local and national governments are trying to create “near geniuses” out of our children, at the expense of little to no “physical-education” !  What happened to the common sense balance of physical education and mental education that was so prevalent during the 1940’s through the 1970’s ?!

In closing, I will say that the answers to the questions about obesity are very, very common sense answers !  The difficulty is going to be whether parents and grand-parents are going to take charge of this greatly growing problem and force their children to get some “physical exercise” !

Timothy ( Tim ) Monroe Bledsoe
North Augusta

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