Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Turning around Odds Is Real Food for Thought

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Turning around Odds Is Real Food for Thought

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THE Wiggles can sing their coloured skivvies off, but it won't make Aussie kids any less fat.

Nor will getting Hi-5 to include nutritional messages in their toddler-friendly tunes.

The idea of tapping into popular culture a as announced this week by a forum of health and exercise experts a shows that hearts are most definitely in the right place and heads are thinking outside traditional squares when it comes to curbing the growing obesity epidemic.

But it contains one fundamental flaw: children aren't the ones buying the household groceries. Make that two flaws. Children don't make themselves fat by choice.

Parents do it for them.

Ooh, yes, controversial stuff I know; daring to hold individuals responsible for their own messes instead of expecting schools or the government or even kiddie pop bands to clean it up for them.

But I am sick to death of seeing kids getting fatter and governments getting poorer trying to fix the problem, while a generation of parents who claim they don't know any better continues to buy McDonald's for dinner every night, fills their babies' bottles with soft drink instead of breastfeeding them, and shoves packets of chips in lunchboxes.

They are the same parents, by and large, who eat their super-sized takeout on their super-sized butts in front of their super-sized televisions each night and then attack the schools a trying their damnedest with appallingly small budgets to get the basics of literacy and numeracy taught a for not having enough exercise in the curriculum.

Don't know any better?

Forgive me while I scoff in disbelief.

How hard is it, I venture to ask, to guess that an apple might be a healthier snack for your kids than a Mars Bar?

Or that vegies on a plate might be a tad healthier for a growing child than fries?

Like pathetic brainless sheep, we need four blokes in coloured shirts (nutritional experts, none of them) to tell us, via their music, that we need to eat right, to exercise, and to say no to fatty crap. …

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