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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:15

No, corn is a grain.


That's odd -- always some in my vegetable soup. :p


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:24

That's odd -- always some in my vegetable soup. :p


And I'm sure it contained salt as well but that doesn't make it a vegetable. :shiftyninja:

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:44

If our schools when spend the majority of time on teaching our kids reading, writing, and arithmetic and less time on crap like this, maybe we would have kids graduating school that actually knew something.



They haven't ceased teaching those things in order to deal with obesity.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:49

They haven't ceased teaching those things in order to deal with obesity.


For the most part they have. Our education system is mostly a laughingstock.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:54

For the most part they have. Our education system is mostly a laughingstock.


But it isn't because of this.

Lack of funding, over-sized classrooms, some would argue teacher's unions protect crappy teachers from being fired, etc. Sending home fat letters isn't the thing dragging down the U.S. education system.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:57

But it isn't because of this.

Lack of funding, over-sized classrooms, some would argue teacher's unions protect crappy teachers from being fired, etc. Sending home fat letters isn't the thing dragging down the U.S. education system.


Re-read what I wrote. I never said it was. I said we need to get back to spending the majority of time on teaching our kids reading, writing, and arithmetic. Of course this isn't the major cause for our downfall.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 13:58

No, corn is a grain. While it has many healthy uses, the US corn subsidies—combined with domestic quotas on sugar production and import tariffs on foreign sugar—have encouraged incredibly unhealthy uses, like High Fructose Corn Syrup. It has contributed to the obesity epidemic.


actually..... corn is a vegetable grain... it fits both definitions

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 14:04

Wow, you are an idiot. I have a BMI that puts me on the verge of overweight, yet I run 70 miles per week and have run a 2:48 marathon. I have a lot of muscle mass and higher bone density than most people. My body fat percentage is 8%, yet according to you I should be "guilty of my condition" due to a high BMI number....


So are you. Your health is in the vast minority. Think of others.

If you ever got a letter saying you were overweight do you suddenly ponder about your diet and raise your fists? Or do you just laugh at it and crumple it and pop it in the bin. I'm sure most people used to do the latter, but now since were all so self-obsessed about 'hurt feelings' verging on the ridiculous, we forget other may very well benefit from it.

If it's not directed at you, ignore it and carry on instead of having a moan and calling it 'stupid'.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 14:05

Damn all the fatties, make them run everywhere and don't feed them anything until they no longer ruin our lives with their flabiness :rofl:

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 15:27

actually..... corn is a vegetable grain... it fits both definitions


Around here, the backyard vegetables gardens, usually include some rows of corn. ;)

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 04:37

^ My wife's does. Good stuff too. Much better fresh.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 21:40

if your BMI registers as obese ... accounting muscle mass or not... YOU ARE OBESE ... I hate fat children... what is the point ? your life has pretty much been ruined normally thanks to bad parenting ...

gah seriously one of my pet peeves is people not accepting that they or their child is FAT... they are so lazy they cannot even be bothered to open their eyes let alone get of the couch .. walking to the fridge and back or walking to school is not active .. grrr *sorry for my odd rant*

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 21:45

I always get a chuckle in the fact that parents always refuses to admit their child is overweight.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 23:03

Re-read what I wrote. I never said it was. I said we need to get back to spending the majority of time on teaching our kids reading, writing, and arithmetic. Of course this isn't the major cause for our downfall.


This is taking up very little time. People just aren't thrilled about finding out their kids are fatties.

If our schools when spend the majority of time on teaching our kids reading, writing, and arithmetic and less time on crap like this, maybe we would have kids graduating school that actually knew something.


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“I don’t think all of a sudden we have to wake up and say that people in Massachusetts need to be told everything to do with their kids whether to feed them a cupcake or to feed them broccoli,” said State Representative Jim Lyons.



Apparently, you do.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 23:31

Here is something-- maybe they should take the blame-- after all--
The school that is...


North Andover High offers courses in the major disciplines: Mathematics, Science, History, and English, as well as five foreign languages (Spanish, German, Chinese,Giberish, and French). Art, music and physical education programs are also offered, although budget shortfalls have resulted in substantial cuts to every area of learning (with art, music and physical education hit the hardest)


I was also reading that most of the school's only have Physical Education Twice a week for 1 hour. I remember when I was in school I had it everyday for one hour and a half. Lunch was after P.E. which filled the thirty minute slot.

So then now they forcing the students to stay in the classroom to study for the Standardized tests not to mention over half of the after school programs were cut.

And they want to blame the parents only... not to mention.. they don't want to offer healthier choices in their meal programs.