A child obesity epidemic fed by fast food, sugary drinks and too much television threatens to create the first generation of American youths who live shorter lives than their parents, Michelle Obama said Monday. . . . Obama said the black community is hit especially hard by child obesity, in part because fresh fruits and vegetables often are not available in poor urban areas.http://www.stltoday.com/news/state-and-regional/missouri/article_e863db3e-635c-565a-82da-13d96bf5ecd8.html
"Fresh fruits and vegetables often are not available in poor urban areas" is one of those myths that has never been proved but creates a very handy scapegoat for those feeding their kids peanut butter sandwiches and a bag of chips.
Of course, Mrs. Obama
also took parents to task for letting their children spend an average of nearly six hours a day watching TV instead of being outside playing.http://www.stltoday.com/news/state-and-regional/missouri/article_e863db3e-635c-565a-82da-13d96bf5ecd8.html
"In school, we had recess twice a day, gym class twice a week, like it or not," Obama said. "When we got home, there was no way we'd be allowed to lie around the house watching TV. Our parents made us get up and play outside. We had to get up, get out, couldn't be inside."
The key phrase in all of that politically correct blather, ignored by all, was "our parents." Parents. Plural.
Until such time as someone addresses the epidemic of single one parent fatherless families, none of the problems of any lower socio-economic group will be seriously addressed or resolved.