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Just in case you want to actively contribute to the childhood obesity epidemic in this country

Buy this for your kid. 
Hurry! Before it gets too hot or the kids get too busy driving their mini-Jeeps aroudn the park instead of running or, God forbid, hanging from monkey bars.

Oh, but first, before you pull back any requirements that he actually lift his arm and turn in order to lap up all that ice-cream whereby removing any activity whatsoever involved in the calorie and goodness consumption process, be sure to pop in a DVD of Scooby Doo or something similarly uneducational and anti-brain-engaging.

Happy summer, kids!


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Reader Comments (2)

Wait... what? That thing spins so you can just stick your tongue out? Sheesh. Do they have a straw that you just put in your mouth and it sucks for you?

At the park near our old house we actually saw kids drive up in their mini-jeeps and then just drive around. They never got out to play on the equipment or run around. WTF!
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMat
Ooh, I love sarcasm! You certainly got the point across, Jess. This is about as bad as it gets. I still can't believe I'm actually seeing such a thing! Definitely comes under the "what were they thinking" category.

I read an editorial a few years ago in which the author argued that obesity is a personal issue and not one that society and the government should become involved with. Well, I'm sorry; but if the majority of people in this country have a weight problem, we need to look into the reasons why. If there are now nearly twice as many overweight children and almost three times as many overweight adolescents as there were in 1980 -- and it previously took 30 years for the number of overweight American children to double -- we have to admit that something, somewhere, is very wrong.

In fact, I think I've found the topic for my blog today. Thanks for the idea!

May 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRae Pica

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