It’s been more than a year of an entire new set of nonsense from the Boomer Left on our behavior patterns. As usual the entire concept of cause-and-effect somehow eludes these people.
What am I talking about? Childhood obesity. Heck – any obesity.
Let’s see if it’s really that difficult, OK?
Now, I’m only 53, but ‘way back in the day we had Gym Class, starting in what then was called “Jr. High School,” and covered grades 7-9. In 6th Grade a counselor from the Jr. High came to our elementary school and told us about what to expect the next year. One of the topics was Gym Class, including dressing-out and showering every day. Yes, group showers with all the other boys. Every day. The only kid who even blinked an eye was promptly ridiculed by every other boy. I still have no idea whether girls took group showers or had stalls or what, but they, too, dressed-out and showered daily in Gym. So, in the Fall of 1966, off we went to Gym Class and daily showers – and no one complained – no kids, no parents, no one.
Fast-forward to the 21st Century. Now I have a son in High School and another in Middle School. Do they take Gym Class? Yes. Do they shower? No. Are there showers available? Not really – there’s a shower room, yes, but it’s full of junk and none of the infrastructure is functioning – no towel guy, no towels, no soap dispensers, probably no hot water.
And certainly no expectation amongst these kids – or their Baby Boomer parents – that they ought to nude-up and shower every day.
Well, guess what? If a teen isn’t going to shower off the sweat and stink of gym class, there is no way s/he is going to sweat hard in gym class and stink before members of the opposite sex the rest of the day.
So they don’t get the level of exercise they need, they think that showering with others is “yucky” and can’t imagine doing so. And we have kids lacking exercise… who get… obese.
But wait, there’s more.
Back in the same day boys had Shop class and girls took Home Economics. But of course we can’t have girls taking Home Ec anymore – that’d be sexist, right? So – now Home Ec isn’t offered at all, neither to boys nor girls. So where, exactly, are people supposed to learn how to prepare a healthy meal? To cook with the right foods, oils, etc.? To prepare a menu from the various food groups?
Answer: They aren’t going to, they haven’t been, and now kids are getting obese.
People can blame TV and video games all they want. The fact of the matter, however, is that the same demographics that now sit around watching TV used to sit around listening to the radio. But then they took gym, worked out hard, showered, and were fed by someone who had been taught how to construct a healthy meal from the various food groups, cook it properly, and serve it to a family at the dinner table – not the TV table.
This isn’t rocket science.
The idea that obesity can be fixed without ensuring hard exercise and without teaching a family member how to plan and serve a healthy meal is fantasy.
And the poor little dears of the Baby Boomer parents need to understand that their folks, by denying them what the world took for granted for centuries – passing on knowledge on feeding their families, providing exercise (to say nothing of hard, physical work) to children – have done them no favors at all.