Monday, May 16, 2005

"Exercise and balanced-diet only" curriculum - A Farce

America is in the grips of a moral laxity, the type of which has not been seen for some time. Americans have become gluttons. America is the most obese nation in the world. We are reknown for our big bellies and chubbing jowls. Every year obesity costs Americans in lost productivity, wages and higher health care costs. This national epidemic is embarassing, but more importantly it is a sin and it is time to do something about it. It is the job of American schools to teach children how to avoid becoming obese. We'd rely on parents, but clearly the parents haven't a clue because they are the "fat generation".

The Bible speaks of the evils of gluttony on many occasions: Phillipians 3:19, Proverbs 23:21, Deuteronomy 21:20-21, and 1 Corinthians 8. This abuse of one's body is an abuse of God's temple. It is shameful and something must be done about it.

Therefore we must teach an exercise and a balanced-diet curriculum as the only way to eat. We must show students the dangers of processed and "fast" food. We must scare them with the effects of Coke and processed sugars. We must not tell them about weight-loss diets. There can be no discussion of the Atkins, GI, South Beach or any other diet. That will only give students license to eat whatever they want, thinking they can just take off the pounds later. Teachers should be obligated to show the scientific studies that show how difficult it is to lose weight once it has been put on. They must tell students that even a simple to-go meal from a fast food chain could lead them down the road to obesity. A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.

Some will say that managing weight is a complex. I disagree. Those with self-control will resist the siren song of McDonald's and Playstation. Those without the self-control need to have the fear of obesity drilled into them.

There is only way sure way to keep fit, exercise and a balanced-diet. To tell students otherwise would tempt them into immorality!

****End of Farce*****

Sounds ridiculous doesn't it? Substitute "sex" for "obesity" and "abstinence-only" for "exercise and balanced-diet" and you've got the President's health curriculum for young adults. Still sounds ridiculous, doesn't it?