Bad parents -- not Big Macs -- are making kids fat
You know what we should do? Let's ask our politicians to pool every red cent of our taxes together and build a solid gold Badminton Hall of Fame.
They'd do a bang-up job, too. Because nobody -- and I mean NOBODY -- spends more time and money on crap nobody cares about better than politicians. Just look at our government's absolute obsession with blaming the fast food industry for America's overweight children.
We've got middle school kids selling crack on street corners and the Chinese are running laps around us in math and science -- and all folks seem to talk about is how fat our kids are, and who is to blame. We're spending MILLIONS and enacting nanny states bans on large sodas and Happy Meal toys... heck, the way they talk about him, you'd think Ronald McDonald was playing Hitler in some fat kid Holocaust.
It's all nonsense, so I wasn't surprised when a study out of North Carolina proved fast food isn't making our kids fat. But, lo and behold, bad parenting may be.
In the research just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, scientists found there was almost no correlation between kids' occasional trips to McDonald's and their weight. The problem was what the kids were eating in their homes the rest of the day -- you know, when parents are supposed to be watching what their kiddos are cramming into their pie holes.
No question about it, irresponsible parenting is the single biggest health risk to our kids today. Lazy moms and dads are letting the boob tube and video games raise their kids, so it's no wonder our youth are stuffing their faces with the same garbage they see in commercials.
So the next time we want to obsess about our chubby kids, parents should stop pointing fingers at the McDonald's drive-through window and start looking in the mirror instead. That's where they'll find the real villain.