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July 25, 2008

Chubby kids need to move more

The latest research on exercise among American youth confirms what many of us already suspected: Most kids just aren’t moving enough (7/16, A-5, “Teens turn less active, study says; As children grow up, they often aren’t getting the needed minimum daily hour of exercise”).

By narrowly focusing on food in obesity campaigns and health policy, dietary scaremongers have monopolized the public’s attention. However, research indicates it’s not what we eat but how much we move that determines our health.

Reinforcing that notion, the National Weight Control Registry — the group that tracks Americans who have effectively lost weight — reports that there’s no single recipe for success among its members’ diets. Instead, the only common thread is physical activity.

Food cops may be eager to vilify our diet, but our children don’t need to give up certain foods or go on restrictive diets. They simply need to move more: Turn off the TV, climb the stairs, and take that extra step.

Trice Whitefield
Senior research analyst, Center for Consumer Freedom
Washington

Comments

whispering_to_kc

Google: "Trice Whitefield".

She's everywhere with this letter. San Francisco, LA, Orlando, St Louis, Wichita, Baltimore, Salt Lake, Atlanta, Seattle, Toledo, Broward County, San Mateo, South Carolina, Texas, Bakersfield, Pennsylvania, DC, Orange County, Alberta Canada.

And on and on and on. The same letter, or different shades of it. She's on a mission, from coast to coast.

From a gentleman in South Carolina to his local news outlet:

"I’d ask that the newspaper refrain from publishing any more “letters” from paid corporate lobbyists like Ms. Whitefield. These people have no conscience and no respect for the founding ideals of this country — they are attempting to subvert real democracy by using money and lobbyists to control the message, the media, and our lawmakers."

"I urge the editorial board to ask lobbyists to submit a guest editorial where their corporate interests can be fully disclosed. Their opinions should not masquerade in the form of a letter from a concerned citizen."

Andrew Hammett, Anderson, SC

Well put, Mr. Hammett.

whispering_to_kc

Really, you guys should background check these people before you print what only amounts to propaganda.

They have companion advocacy programs for transfats and mercury in fish.

whispering_to_kc

According to SourceWatch, the CCF ...

"... is a front group for the restaurant, alcohol and tobacco industries. It runs media campaigns which oppose the efforts of scientists, doctors, health advocates, environmentalists and groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, calling them "the Nanny Culture -- the growing fraternity of food cops, health care enforcers, anti-meat activists, and meddling bureaucrats who 'know what's best for you.' "

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Center_for_Consumer_Freedom

Ah yes, the "mother-hens" from MADD. I guess that's what the "M" is for?

The CCF: funded by big tobacco to help us keep smoking and the fast food industry to keep us eating. The CCF's defense of the PayDay/Title loan business is particularly disgusting.

Tomorrow, a letter to the Star from big pharma's "consumer advocacy group" explaining the benefits of getting stoned.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

As parents our jobs are not to offer responsibility, direction, insight, etc. to our chidlren. Our ONLY job is to hand them their "fair share" every payday, no questions asked.
Can't afford what little Timmy wants? Too bad! As a parent you have no say in the budget process, just open up your wallett and give what you may not have or face debtors prison.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

As aprents our jobs are not to offer responsibility, direction, insight, etc. to our chidlren. Our ONLY job is to hand them their "fair share" every payday, no questions asked.
Can't afford what little Timmy wants? Too bad! As a parent you have no say in the budget process, just open up your wallett and give what you may not have or face debtors prison.

 
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