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Archive for May 2nd, 2011

But before we do the main blog topic, let’s look in the mailbag, shall we?  Today’s postcards came with the postmark smeared and a return address:  Jimi Hendrix, 1234 Fantasy Lane, (something), (something else).   But I suspect it’s from McGoo because they both smelled faintly of smoked gouda and it is well known that Brrrt tracks gouda all over the house.

As you can see, the country road (Fantasy Lane, apparently) is almost as bad as Michigan’s highways.    He rambled a lot about widespread flooding, alien abductions, high voltage probes, and needing to “definitely buy the thicker kind of aluminum foil this time, by Circe” so I couldn’t take much seriously.  But then again, maybe he was trying to throw Them off the track.   Hmmm.

Apparently that vehicle that does not contain McGoo can sometimes contain McGoo, whatever that means.

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This is a touchy subject.

No, we’re not talking about “touching ourselves”.

The question is “Why can’t we handle the truth?”  See this article.

The furor reflects a broader nationwide phenomenon as states, cities and the White House itself — led by first lady Michelle Obama — expand efforts to curb obesity. For all the public support of these efforts, there’s also a vocal and passionate corps of skeptics and critics worried that widespread discrimination toward the overweight and obese will only increase.

“Stigma is not an effective motivator,” said Rebecca Puhl, a Yale University psychologist who is a leading expert on weight discrimination. “Whether children or adults, if they are teased or stigmatized, they’re much more likely to engage in unhealthy eating and avoidance of physical activity.”

To declare we’re going to eliminate childhood obesity — that’s actually a very stigmatizing thing to say,” Ernsberger said. “The overweight child hears that and thinks, `They wish I wasn’t here.’  – Paul Ernsberger, Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine in Cleveland

“Billboards depicting fat kids are extraordinarily harmful to the very kids they are supposedly trying to help,” said the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, which called for the billboards’ removal.

Fat acceptance?  What the hell does that mean, anyway?  Go out and hug a container of lard instead of a bunny today?

I’m overweight myself so let’s not get all huffy if someone out there is sensitive.  My “excuse” is that I’ve put on 30lbs since getting my neck screwed up in a car accident.  Is it really an excuse though?  Not when I could be watching my intake and walking in spite of it.  No one to blame but myself.

It’s a real issue.  Teasing is bad, I get it.  But saying we’re going to eliminate childhood obesity is bad?

Whatever happened to turning off the TV and video games and telling the kids to go play outside after school?  If you’re not supposed to bring anything up for fear of “stigmatizing” someone, then you’re supposed to do nothing that might damage the precious snowflakes?  In the 1950’s less than 10% of the population was considered more than a little overweight.  It’s now 50-60%.  We’re not taking care of ourselves and we’re doing kids a disservice by not teaching them better eating habits.

But, here’s the thing I agree with in the article:

The idea of a BMI report card is horrible. – Paul Ernsberger

It absolutely is.  WHY THE HELL SHOULD MY SCHOOL BE CONCERNING THEMSELVES WITH WHAT IS MY JOB?  I don’t need the school to tell me whether or not my kid is overweight.

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