these sentiments are indeed admirable…we can only hope the come up with some solutions..
and the first fact to be faced is that this is a multi-faceted problem….that needs/demands multi-faceted solutions…
that to my mind must include the ending of ads for rubbish food during childrens television…
in fact all ads during chidrens television should be stopped…..i know the tv entities will scream…but the social good overwhelms their desires/nay needs…to rake in the advertising dollars..without factoring in the social/healths costs we all will have to bear as these obese people get older……
and the starting of regulating that out of control food industry….(some ‘foods’ should carry warnings similar to those on cigarette packets..)
there are far too many cowboys and cowgirls in that industry…with absolutely no social conscience whatsoever….
and if anyone thinks they will clean up their own act..without government prodding/regulation….could they please line up over there..i’d like to talk to them about a bridge i have for sale…..
my boy just started at ponsonby intermediate…and i must say i have been impressed at the attention being paid to physical exercise…the place is fairly humming…..
i understand they have some sensible prohibitions against sugar-laden soft drinks..and the like…so they and others are already moving in this direction
and of course…for helen clark..that vexed question of school tuck-shops will have to be addressed…..
far too many of them put profit above nutrition..or are just ignorant of the damage they are doing to their children….
if for either reason..outside forces must be brought to bear…..
which brings us to the parents and society in general…there needs to be a fair whack of education put in there also..
but as i say…kudos to the clark government for (finally) addressing these problems…
and haven’t they hit the road running..this labour government….
everyone is getting a bit dizzy at the raft of overdue reforms announced by them…..
and the dizziest of all must be national…they are still banging on about the pledge card..and possibly getting some traction….
but apart from that the only reaction from national to labours’ new ideas has been their justice spokesperson..simon power..coming over all reactionary..and scaremongering..over this new focus on progressive penal policies…..
(and that was hardly helpful..especially as the benchmark for reactionary (lock-em-all-up) attitudes/lobbying..in this country..garth mcvicar of the sensible sentencing trust..is murmuring approval of these reforms….
(the current cycle of lock more up for longer..and build more prisons..is unsustainable..something else must be done…)
such a shame national/power can’t get up to speed on this…
and this isn’t the only area in which they are floundering..
i still think an attempt at trans-ideological reform is in order…
so we may have to send power..(and someone from act..?..could they spare them..?..)….off in the footsteps of damien o’connnor and garth mc vicar…..and hold our breath..eh..?
and hope that they also have revelations on the road to helsinki….
go to source/story>>Fat attack launched on obese children – 17 Feb 2006 – National News