New plan to punish obese children
Looking for someone to bully? Pick on a fat kid -- everyone else is doing it.
First, the Nanny State began pulling little tubbies from their homes and sending them off to foster care, as if that's somehow going to magically cure obesity (hint: not a chance).
Next up: Telling fat kids they're stupid, too -- even if they're the smartest kids in class.
French diet "guru" Dr. Pierre Dukan -- creator of the cockamamie "Dukan Diet" that involves stuffing yourself with oats until you neigh -- says obese children should get lower grades in school just for being fat.
What's next -- prison time? Public floggings? Forced sterilization?
Dr. Dukan claims his plan is "a fantastic motivator," but what the heck does weight have to do with grades anyway?
If anything, fat kids need every point they earn -- because once they're out in the real world, they're certainly not going to get by on their looks (don't shoot the messenger -- it's the truth).
And let's face it: The idea that a kid is healthier simply because he's skinnier isn't worth a single bag of Dukan's beloved oats (or even a bag of what an oat-loving horse leaves behind).
Children and teens often have bunny-fast metabolisms that allow them to chow down on the worst junk imaginable -- and knock back Mountain Dew by the case -- and not gain an ounce.
You almost certainly know a few kids like this. There's probably a bunch of them standing in front of your local 7-11 right now.
These kids might be slim and trim -- but in no way, shape or form are they healthy... it certainly doesn't make them any smarter.
Yet under Dukan's plan, they get extra points for simply having a better metabolism than the fat kids... even if they have WORSE dietary habits (habits that will catch up with them sooner or later).
Here's a clue for Dr. Dukan and everyone else who shares his oat-brained ideas: Stop PUNISHING fat kids and start TEACHING them instead.
Call me old-fashioned, but isn't that what school is supposed to be about?