Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: childhood obesity

Dec.
6th

TNT: Teacher-bashing is tiresome

I started reading the editorial on the obesity crisis (TNT, 12-5) with much interest, as I am a P.E. teacher and a parent. Everything was fine until I got to the paragraph that praises the Franklin-Pierce School District’s partnership with the YMCA to provide elementary P.E..

I know times are tough for a lot of school districts, but it is not a good thing to eliminate these positions and replace them with non-teachers. As a certified teacher, I’ve been trained in a great deal more than just physical education. I could elaborate, but I’m sure you don’t care. The News

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Dec.
6th

HEALTH: First lady’s program doesn’t work

I am all for first ladies having a focus and helping to spread the word and clean up an area of society that seems to be in need. It is Michelle Obama’s desire to cut down on the number of obese persons in society. Good intentioned, but the way she is going about it is causing major frustrations throughout the land.

On talk radio, I hear callers expressing their frustration at working as a food server and putting out the food that Mrs. Obama wants the kids to eat, but the kids don’t eat it and dump this unused food

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May
5th

OBESITY: Data need more explanation

Re: “Low child obesity rate in Oregon a mystery” (TNT, 5-4).

The article contains a contradiction that demands an explanation. It states that a child is defined to be obese if he or she is in the 95th percentile (for body mass index). This means that the top 5 percent of the indicated population would be classified as obese.

The article goes on to state that 16 percent of the children in the U.S. are obese. It is mathematically impossible to have 16 percent of a population in the top 5 percent on any criterion. It would be like Lake

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