Obesity and our children.

Appearing on Laura Ingraham’s Sarah Palin attacked the First Lady, Michele Obama by saying, “Take her anti-obesity thing that she’s on. She’s on this kick right? What she’s telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their children, for our own families what we should eat. And I know I’m going to be again criticized for bringing this up. But instead of a government thinking that they need to take over, make decisions for us, according to some politician or politician’s wife’s priority, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions, and then our country gets back on the right track.”

I doubt Sarah Palin knows about the President's Council on Physical Fitness established in 1961 by John Kennedy. The program was designed to help keep the children of this nation fit, but studies have found that since 1961, millions of children are overweight. In fact almost one in five children and adolescents are overweight and the numbers continue to increase.

Children who are obese have an increased risk for:

High cholesterol
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
Metabolic syndrome
Sleep apnea

These conditions have increased in children as obesity rates increase.

Instead of caring about our children’s health, the radical right would rather attack the President and the First Lady. Are they capable of looking forward at all?

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