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We know that childhood obesity is a problem; but that’s just it: it’s a problem. The segment that begins at :51 transformed the ho-hum for me: this is an epic, all-hands-on-deck, if-something-isn’t-done-immediately looming disaster.

And then in one of those unexplainable, synchronistic moments when there’s no explanation for events transpiring except that there’s a master planner behind the scenes doing his/her best Alan Gilbert impersonation, the attention falls upon a subject in such a way that it seems an uncoordinated coalition of people are actually doing something about it.

Like Mrs. Q. She’s eating school lunch every day for a year to bring attention to what kids eat on a daily basis. From her blog:

I’m eating school lunch just like the kids every day in 2010 to raise awareness about what students eat every day. My hope is that the US becomes more reflective about how the food children eat affects their well-being and success in school. I certainly do not speak for all school lunch programs, but from the comments I have been receiving, what I eat is fairly typical of what most students eat in our country.

Like First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” effort “to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.”

Like the Senate’s efforts to make school lunch more healthy. USA Today:

Senators cleared the path Wednesday for a final vote on legislation to bolster the safety and nutritional value of school lunches, including provisions to improve training for cafe-teria workers and to alert schools more quickly about recalls of contaminated food.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 would commit an additional $4.5 billion to child-nutrition programs over the next 10 years and implement the most sweeping changes to those programs in decades. Among other things, the bill directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set new nutrition standards for all food served in schools, from lunchrooms to vending machines.

All good things, all important work: efforts that are creating a critical mass of attention to the problems of childhood obesity. Today’s children are in serious jeopardy of becoming the first generation living shorter lives than their parents.

If you need a Biblical message (a grain of salt presiding), how about this (Reuters):

The researchers analyzed 52 paintings depicting the Last Supper which were featured in the 2000 book “Last Supper” by Phaidon Press, and used computer-aided design technology to analyze the size of the main meals, or entrees, bread and the plates relative to the average size of the disciples’ heads.

 

The study found that, over the past 1,000 years, the size of the main meal has progressively grown 69 percent; plate size has increased 66 percent and bread size by about 23 percent.

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