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21.9.06

The obesity debate on Good Morning 

We have to wade into the whole debate on Good Morning. One of the quotes we have in our briefing is from the TVNZ site: ‘For example, we pay around $38 million in health insurance claims each year for elective surgery or treatment of heart disease and yet the incidence of heart disease for most is highly preventable.’
   I imagine I could quote from an earlier post on the issue, and see if the conversation goes toward corporate social responsibility. However, I have been asked to keep the stories personal—pretty hard, considering I have not eaten at since Sundance 2004 (thanks to Mr Spurlock’s story in Super Size Me).
   It is something I need to think about some day. My late mother was careful with my diet, though McDonald’s was permitted during my teen years. However, my high school had a PE programme, so the food went into muscle, most likely. I ate a prepared lunch on most days in my high school years, and you could not buy a lot of today’s at school. We saved money this way as well. And I stayed lean.
   These days, I hear of families on welfare giving their kids money to buy junk food. It’s parental thinking that needs to change for the sake of ’s young people; and for those of us who are older, we need to make time to get the exercise we need.
   Thoughts are very welcome—I may check comments before I go on air in the morning.
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In the States, much blame is being placed on parents for the child obesity epidemic. Here’s my take on the overall problem:

http://multicultclassics.blogspot.com/2006/09/essay-1051.html  
What you wrote is very true, Highjive: parents are encouraged to outsource child care to TV and food to the chains. Like so many things, it takes a stronger mind to counter advertising messages, so it is in the interests of politicians and whomever raises funds for them to keep people mellow and stupid, and accepting of their persuasion.  
Here's my take in a stream of consciousness style...

materialism leads to people who need busy stressful jobs to pay them to buy stuff so that they don't have time to make or eat healthy food or feed their children healthy food, they don't have time to exercise or take a bike to run errands, (have to drive to save time), and corporations (driven by a different form of materialism which is just capitalistic greed run amok) make foods that are faster, more addictive, and unhealthier, then we get fat and become obese, can't exercise because it's hard to do when you're fat, but we pay lots of money for healthcare and have to work to be able to afford healthcare so that we can be treated for weight-related afflictions, but to increase profits, corporations continue to lay people off and work the remaining employees harder so they have little time and the vicious cycle continues.  
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