Yesterday Dr. Oz asked a very controversial question: Is Child Obesity a form of Child Abuse?
And for a big health & fitness geek like myself, it was must-see tv.
- We had “experts” blaming the parents,
- We had parents blaming society,
- We had experts advocating that courts should remove obese kids from their parents’ care,
- We had other experts arguing that this would mess the kids up even more.
- They talked about penalizing “bad” parents by removing child tax credits.
- They talked about the hypocrisy of overweight adults telling other overweight adults that they are bad parents because their kids are overweight.
- We even had one mom who felt that she shouldn’t have to stop eating bags of M&Ms just because her kid was fat.
In short, Dr. Oz took an incredibly complex issue and compressed it neatly into one hour of self-help tv. Not exactly enough time for a thorough examination of the issue, but it was a start.
And luckily for some parents, Dr. Oz has found a solution for America’s overweight children – The Wellspring Academy
Where for $78,000 per year, your obese child can:
- learn all about healthy nutrition,
- get plenty of exercise
- receive psychological & lifestyle counselling
- and lose a ton of weight
Too bad about the $78,000 per year pricetag.
If only some smart guy like Doctor Oz could think of a way to lower the cost and make it more accessible for those Americans without gold plated health insurance or a spare $78,000.
How about this?
- What if we start by taking one public school in each big city and turn it into a charter school focused on promoting a healthy lifestyle and reducing the obesity levels of their students?
- What if we re-install P.E. class? We used to have teachers who knew how to teach P.E.
- What if we re-install Home Ec class? – focusing on the most effective diet for weight loss and improving health. We used to have teachers who knew how to do that.
- With those two bases covered, all we need to add is the psychological/lifestyle counselling component of the Wellspring program. Perhaps the good people at Wellspring would be willing to make a few hundred million dollars by rolling out this part of their concept in public schools all across the country.
We already have the infrastructure.
We already have (or used to have) the P.E. and Home Ec teachers.
We’re already paying for the medical costs associated with childhood and adult obesity.
Why not redirect some of that medical spending towards prevention?
Let me know what you think
If you’re interested, I have added links to the videos from Dr. Oz’s show.