Former President Clinton Sounds the Alarm About the Dangers of Childhood Obesity
Posted Dec 18 2008 8:10pm
It's great to see a high profile-person speak bluntly about the crisis of childhood obesity in America, and in a speech before the National School Boards Association in San Francisco, Bill Clinton did just that.
"We are playing Russian roulette with our kids' future," Clinton declared to the gathering, according to journalist Thomas Peele's story in the San Jose Mercury News.
The former president warned that "America's obesity epidemic threatens to destroy the health care system, the economy and the nation's future," Peele reported.
Thankfully, Clinton cited sugar as a major culprit in America's obesity epidemic in his speech. He also pointed to trans fats, ever-increasing portion sizes and economic pressures that lead families to make less-than-optimal nutritional choices.
Clinton urged school boards to make good nutrition a top priority, and he used the devastating example of a woman he met in Biloxi, Mississippi to illustrate what might happen to many American kids if responsible adults don't act now.
The woman, whom Clinton estimated couldn't have been more than 35, is obese, wheelchair bound, and had her right leg amputated due to her diabetes, according to Peele's story in the San Jose Mercury News.
Clinton delivered a message that cannot be repeated and amplified enough: Childhood obesity will destroy the health and lives of countless kids if we don't do something about it. Kudos to him for being on the forefront of this issue, and let's hope he can influence others to take action.