It was in our local news lately that some schools are thinking of removing candy, soda, donuts and other high sugar, high calorie foods from vending machines to help combat the problem of obesity in adolescents.
Some schools are also considering, or already have dropped physical education from the school acedemic schedule. Which certainly would only ADD to the problem.
What do you think? It seems to me that the brunt of providing direction and discipline to a child's eating and or excercise habbits should fall squarely on the shoulders of the parents - but many parents feel the schools have a responsibility to monitor the situation as well.
Is keeping junk food away from kids during school hours an answer?
Or will the kids just pack it in their backpacks and bring it from home.
Also the lack of excercise of our youth is very troubling. I live near a park with a playground, baseball diamond, basketball courts and lots of grassy areas for other type of play.
The playground is always full of toddlers and younger children, but aside from organized little league and soccer teams, the fields often remain empty and unused.
Do our youth spend too much time in front of the TV, computer, video games and eating junk food? Are they becoming less healthy and less social as a result?
Or is this all just a generational "sing of the times"?