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Unfortunately all those school playing fields and public parks are prime property development land. The people who sell them should be put in stocks and pelted by youngsters with junked junk food, with videos of their treatment available on youtube.

This would bring a number of benefits. Not least that the kids would get some exercise.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Mar 2nd, 2010 at 10:33:23 AM EST
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You have certainly hit on the biggest problem.

By comparison, the food at school cafeterias when I grew up in the 70s was total junk. Today's school food is much healthier.

But we were much more active.

by Upstate NY on Tue Mar 2nd, 2010 at 12:56:57 PM EST
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Yeah, when I grew up the school cafeteria food was probably balanced and nutritious, but it tasted so bad I couldn't eat it much of the time.  As a result of that and a lot of physical activity both at home and at school (gym was mandatory) weight was not a problem.  In fact I can only recall a couple of overweight kids in our school, and it is likely they had some glandular problems or a strong genetic disposition.  Today, in the same area, there more obese kids than in most other states.

See this link for detailed info about child obesity stats.  No it's not just poor kids.  In my home state the rich kids are more likely to be obsese.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Wed Mar 3rd, 2010 at 12:33:22 AM EST
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