“A fast-food restaurant on the corner can have a terrible impact on a child’s life,” he said. “Obesity, diabetes, hypertension — it’s a step toward a less healthy life.”
Unless the little darlings are into larceny, who is giving them the money to purchase the fast food?
It occurs to me that when a NYC councilman proposes legislation that would ban a fast food restaurant within a 1/10 of a mile from a school, because a study found that kids tend to be fatter when such a place is within a block of their school, we really have abdicated personal responsibility and the responsibility of parents.
Mind you, the study found that "[i]f a fast-food restaurant opened a quarter-mile or more from a school, obesity rates were not affected."
What this tells me is that our kids are too lazy to walk that extra block to get fat.
But who am I to say? I shall defer to the experts, who clearly have a greater insight than me when they can conclude:
If a child has visible belly fat, Ms. Roth said, the child is probably overweight.Maybe stupidity breeds obesity.
A personal anecdote: I stopped one late afternoon for a cup of coffee at the McDonald's in Dalton, Tennessee. As I gave my order, I suddenly realized what was different than the McDonald's at home - instead of Hispanic adults working there, they were all local teens, earning some pocket money during their summer vacation. And in thinking back, I don't believe any one of them was obese. Made me harken back to the summer between my junior and senior years of high school, when I was a short order cook at a local luncheonette run by an irascible Greek. Lost about 15 pounds that summer, waking each weekday morning to be at work by 5:00 am and go until about 2:00 p.m. with no break, except if the crowds thinned out.