A Boost for Child Obesity

By July 3, 2006General

In what can only be considered a boost to the cause of child obesity — that is, making more children obese — a USA Today story last week by Emily Bazar reports:

“Some traditional childhood games are disappearing from school playgrounds because educators say they’re dangerous. Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Spokane, Wash., banned tag at recess this year. Others, including a suburban Charleston, S.C., school, dumped contact sports such as soccer and touch football.
In other cities, including Wichita; San Jose, Calif.; Beaverton, Ore.; and Rancho Santa Fe., Calif., schools took similar actions earlier…”

Amidst all the hand-wringing about childhood obesity, maybe folks should forget about the high-fructose corn syrup and the vending machines, and focus a little more on recess. As we become a more sedentary culture, as the MySpace, computer game and TV hours are racked up, schools ought to be doing everything in their power to get kids out and running around as much as they can. Instead they’re moving in the wrong direction.

Forget the lefty so-called public interest groups. How ’bout a little game of tag?