The start of this campaign comes at a time when childhood obesity is at an all time high; now, Type 2 Diabetes and High Blood Pressure is more prevalent in children than ever before. Childhood obesity is an extremely sad epidemic that this country is facing now. It isn’t fair for these children to be plagued with all of the negative side effects that are associated with obesity. These children are not asking for cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other dangerous medical conditions that are associated with obesity.
This news also accompanies an Executive Order from the White House signed by President Obama. In this EO, he wants to make health and nutritional information more easily accessible to the general public. I’m excited to see this order come to fruition.
Included in today’s announcement is the launch of the Let’s Move website: Letsmove.gov. The campaign’s website provides useful links for encouraging children to be more active, ways to find affordable and healthy food, and information on how to make schools healthier.
While I think that this is a great step to help our nation’s childhood obesity crisis, there is so much more that needs to happen before we as a nation can get a grip on this problem. Just yesterday, the LA Times broke a story about money laundering and racketeering in the tomato industry. This disgusting story makes me wonder just how much corruption there is in the food industry. How much of the increased cost of food is caused by illegal activity? Also, don’t even get me started on corn subsidies and high fructose corn syrup.
With all of this said, I am happy that the white house is taking note of this tragedy that is robbing so many children of a healthy childhood, but I am rather unsure about how I feel about federal dollars going toward such a cause. For me, this is a bit too much of “big government.” I feel that initiatives such as The White House Garden Project are much more appropraite, especially at a time when we are at war, unemployment rates are very high, and our economy is bleak. Nonetheless, I am glad that such an initiative has started. While I may not agree with the First Lady and President Obama on many issues, I know that many people look up to them. If such initiatives, including the garden and Let’s Move, can reach people and make a positive change, it is worth it.
I really hope that this program flourishes and makes a big impact on those who need it the most.
What are your thoughts on today’s news?