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We Are Killing the Kids

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Other Ways of Killing Our Kids

We did not set out to kill our children, but that is what we are doing. Obesity and diabetes are end results of industry and regulatory systems that refuse to accept responsibility for the consequences of their decisions.

They are natural outcomes of creating environments where physical activity is discouraged. They stem from the widespread use of harmful chemicals. They are promoted through advertising junk food to children and government’s unwillingness to regulate it. They are linked to subsidies that support commodity crops instead of vegetables.

We even export the conditions that are killing our children, as Dr. David Wallinga and his colleagues at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy point out in Exporting Obesity: How U.S. farm and trade policy is transforming the Mexican food environment. The report focuses on one country, but the story is similar around the globe, and at home.

Drawing a Line in the Sand

We all draw our own lines in the sand. We bump up against something we find intolerable and say, “No more.”

Killing our children is intolerable. It is time for us to draw a line in the sand. We can insist companies stop undermining our childrens health, stop poisoning the environment, stop misusing water, soil and air.

We adults have not been able to do that for ourselves. We have caved in to moneyed interests and allowed ourselves to be seduced by false promises. We have allowed governments to slash needed services and oversight.

Let’s show more backbone. Let’s stop killing the kids.

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5:58AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:56AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

very sad

11:51AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Parents, teach your kids HEALTHY eating. it is NOT hard. My son RARELY gets sweets. You aren't the "bad guy" for occasionally saying "no" to your kids. It is your job. You are only opening the door to bad health and premature death by allowing them to eat when and what they want. Grow a spine and FIX THIS

10:11AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Grazie dell'articolo.

6:23PM PDT on May 7, 2012

Some things take a community such as clean air legislation, GMO labeling, keeping arsenic and other toxic chemicals out of our food and clothing including organic, and making sure parents have the right to not vaccinate their kids without getting put in jail or having their kids taken away from them.

1:53PM PDT on May 7, 2012

I watch over my own childrens health. That is the job of the parents NOT the community.

12:00PM PDT on May 6, 2012

I don't understand parents who allow their kids to drink soda or fruit drinks just to name 2 things loaded with sugar. It's all about the diet and feeding nutritious meals to all family members.

6:27AM PDT on May 6, 2012

Why the increase in diabetes; cancers; and other afflictions such as Alzheimers; ADHD just to mention a couple? The cause lies in fast food, sodas and junk food [some do call it comfort food] and a lack of excercise. Look at the increase in obesity. I'm not saying the prior decades were any better than they are today. We didn't have the populations coagulated in cities like we do today. We didn't have the number of automobiles; trucks; airplanes and other modes of travel like today. We have had eighty years of pollution in many forms that are slowly killing us off. Then there's the Big Corporations who don't seem to care as long as the indentured wage slaves produce at whatever costs to themselves and profit is maximized in the shortest term. Don't kid yourself about unions either. They are a business and only those at the top levels see the maximum profits and benefits.
It's all bread and circus to those at the top. Methinks our problems have increased due to deliberate creation of such conditions. It's time for the sheep to wake up and get a bellewether.

2:01AM PDT on May 6, 2012

Thanks for the info

11:02PM PDT on May 5, 2012

Actually Jane, You are incorrect and brainwashed. If you look at aboriginal diet, especially ones of first nations, you will see that fat and meat are core to the diet when diabetes was unheard of. The problem IS (and you ARE correct in this) sugar - but also grains, which turn to sugar in the blood - no matter how "high fiber" the grains are. Humans are not meant to eat fruit year around, or sugar or grains. A high meat and fat diet is actually what humans have evolved on over millions of years. Time to get back to this diet.

And Jonanthan - human instinct is a fail? Really? If that were so, then aboriginal people would have the same diseases as found in our modern society - heart disease, cancer and diabetes - they did not. The human instinct knows what it needs - we have just replaced those natural instinctual desires with very poor substitutes.

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