Today seems to be “behavior modification day” on www.allenbwest.com. First there’s the story about FEMA forcing states to acknowledge climate change or be penalized. Then there’s a potentially surreptitious move to force us all to become vegetarians.
Now from that progressive socialist haven of New York City and condoned by Mayor Bill de Blasio, we find the city’s Board of Health announced strict new rules for licensed day care facilities, including how much juice kids can drink.
The New York Daily News says “under the new rules, designed to try to cut obesity rates, children must be at least 2 years old before they can take their first sip of juice at day care, and they are only allowed four ounces a day.”
Oh and only 100 percent juice is allowed.
“Other new rules restrict kids’ “sedentary time” to less than 30 minutes a day — down from 60 minutes a day currently — and only one half-hour of screen time a week.”
“Previously, kids could watch TV or play with devices like iPads up to 60 minutes a day. The “sedentary time” does not include naps, or time spent reading, doing puzzles or painting.”
Ah, so analog versions of reading, doing puzzles or painting are approved activities, but doing any of those things using a digital device is not.
Talk about a “nanny state!”
“Officials say that the dramatic changes are necessary to stem skyrocketing childhood obesity rates. According to the notice in the City Record, a whopping 15 percent of 3-year-old and 17 percent of 4-year-old preschoolers from low-income families were deemed obese in 2011.”
It’s always surprising to me how low-income people end up with higher rates of obesity. In olden times, poor people were skinny, because they couldn’t afford enough food. Now, apparently poor people can afford too MUCH! And I don’t buy the argument that if they only had access to “nutritious choices” they would eat better. The problem is they just need to eat LESS.
But it’s not the government’s responsibility to make that happen. It’s the individual, and the child’s parents.
We are sliding down a very slippery slope when the government can tell us what we can and cannot eat or drink, what we must and must not buy (health insurance and light bulbs), how long our showers must be, and even what kind of toilet we have.
Bit by bit, we are allowing the tentacles of government to slip into every aspect of our lives. Or to use another analogy, we are frogs in a big pot of water, and the temperature is slowly going up.
This has got to stop.
[Note: this article was written by Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief]