Time Magazine uses the results of a recent government analysis that childhood obesity has leveled off as an excuse to tell us “How America’s Children Packed on the Pounds.”
But does it actually reveal anything we didn’t already know? The article, by Jeffrey Kluger, is a mass of statistics about how the obesity rate has risen, and it essentially regurgitates much of the information we’ve been getting for the past few years: Kids are drinking more soda! Playing more video games! Getting less exercise!
Still, Kluger does one public service, and that is to retell the sad history of Verb (see video above), a federally funded program to get kids active that was beginning to show results, but then became a victim of congressional budget-cutting.
Without any real news to report, these sorts of “won’t somebody think of the children?” stories on kid obesity are wearing kind of … thin.