Official: Obesity rising in Allentown schools -- themorningcall...

Despite successful after-school and summer exercise programs for children, thousands of Allentown's elementary and middle school students are making gains in the wrong direction. Full Story
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Macungie, PA

#1 Sep 26, 2007
Fast food, tons of sugar, and hours playing video games and instant/text messaging, will do wonders for your waistline. Do you want fries with that?

“Allentown R.I.P.”

Since: Jul 07

Macungie, PA

#2 Sep 26, 2007
I believe you must take into account the lack of things to do in Allentown. And the obvious lack of positive parental infulence. When parents are over weight their children will be also.

“Allentown the all AmericanCity”

Since: Sep 07

Allentown, PA

#3 Sep 26, 2007
Of all the schools in the eight counties the Allentown School system is #1 in those who have failed math and/or reading portions on the PSSA. 77.2% of those who graduated from the Allentown Schoolís are not proficient in math/reading.

Now we find out what the kids were doing rather than learn to read and add. They were eating junk food and taking fitness classes at the school. Donít ask most of these kids to count calories because they canít count. If the ''Shape It Up'' class is as successful as the rest of the teaching programs at the school the kids will weigh 350 pounds at graduation.

Allentown, we're #1 for graduating dumbbells and fat ones too.

“Howdy, Ya'll!”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown

#4 Sep 26, 2007
School nutrition programs have been shown to be ineffective in this country. And now Allentown seems poised to pour even more money into a losing proposition.

Schools can only do so much. This obesity epidemic is not something our public schools can solve - heck, they can't even get most of the kids in ASD to a proficient reading/writing/math level - why would they be able to radically alter diet and lifestyle?!

The parents need to step up and quit shoving fast food down little Timmy's throat.
ASD Mom

Allentown, PA

#5 Sep 26, 2007
We are number one seems to have nothing but negative things to say constantly about ASD. I hope that you never battle with a weight problem since you seem to think that being overweight is always by choice. My daughter was on steriods for a medical condition for about 6 months, she put on weight. She is working on getting it back off again, however, she is not what the charts deem to be appropriate. Get a clue, quit generalizing and putting people down all the time. My youngest daughter is a freshman at Dieruff high school and she did not score proficient in math last year with her PSSA scores, she is not lazy, she is not a dumbell, she is far from fat (size 8) and she tries her hardest, she just has a hard time grasping the algebra portion of math. Not all kids who don't score high are stupid. Why don't you volunteer at a school and try to help kids who want to learn and just struggle. If your kids are in ASD, quit worrying about it.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#6 Sep 26, 2007
I think nutrition is only part of the problem; I came up in the 50's when a lot of food prepared at home was fried or had heavy sauces, we ate lots of white bread, and for snacks had all sorts of "yummy" stuff like Twinkies, etc. However - we didn't have the video games, computers, etc., and spent a lot more time outdoors playing (not playdates, just playing). In my house we were only allowed to watch a certain amount of TV and then Mom would kick us kids outside to play. Don't know about your areas, but it's gotten to the point where I live, if I see kids outside playing or in a vacant lot having a pickup game of baseball (no uniforms or coaches, just kids), I'm surprised! Too, a lot of schools have cut way back on physical education classes. It's certainly a good thing to cut back on the fast foods and snacks, but parents also need to get the kids off their butts and away from the electronic gadgets.
LOST

Mertztown, PA

#7 Sep 26, 2007
gym class once or twice a week is not going to do a damn thing. Obesity is a problem in the home - whoever is responsible for buying & preparing the food is responsible for the obesity of the household. This is not the school district's problem - it is a family problem - too much of the wrong kinds of foods.
Oracle

United States

#9 Sep 26, 2007
How come the first three aisles of supermarkets are all junk food? There is a stove in your kitchen for a reason. Learn to use it. Schools can't make up for poor parenting.(yea I do have kids....no fatties.)
Good Grief

Allentown, PA

#10 Sep 26, 2007
Even if food is cooked at home in a healthy manner, there is still a chance that the children will be obese. Genes play a big role in this. If everybody at the dinner table eats exactly the same thing for every meal, and one person is thin and the rest are overweight, there's nothing wrong with the food, it's just the person's genes.

Sadly, I think society is so fixated with the fact of being thin that it causes people to discriminate against those who don't fit that image. It's sad, but it's happening everyday.
concerned parent

Hartford, CT

#11 Sep 26, 2007
This isn't shocking....my son attended Sheridan last year and I can count the number of times he had recess on my hands. This year he is in Ritter and has recess every day. How and why are there such differences in these schools. If you don't want the numbers to increase, get these kids outside and let them run around at recess. It's ashame!
Load up and PARTY

Slatington, PA

#12 Sep 26, 2007
No worries people. Crack and Meth will halt that obesity problem when they hit their late teen years and probably that extra fat will increase their life span a few days..........

“Howdy, Ya'll!”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown

#13 Sep 26, 2007
Good Grief wrote:
Even if food is cooked at home in a healthy manner, there is still a chance that the children will be obese. Genes play a big role in this. If everybody at the dinner table eats exactly the same thing for every meal, and one person is thin and the rest are overweight, there's nothing wrong with the food, it's just the person's genes.
Sadly, I think society is so fixated with the fact of being thin that it causes people to discriminate against those who don't fit that image. It's sad, but it's happening everyday.
The very vast majority of time, obesity is the result of a food compulsion, or an eating disorder, if you will. While different folks have different nutritional requirements, most folks will respond to changes in their diet and exercise.

Our society might seem fixated on being thin, but the reality is that over half the adult population is now considered obese. This trend has nothing to do with genetics and everything to do with crap food and no exercise.
coin this saddened

Allentown, PA

#14 Sep 26, 2007
MonkeyMomma wrote:
School nutrition programs have been shown to be ineffective in this country. And now Allentown seems poised to pour even more money into a losing proposition.
Schools can only do so much. This obesity epidemic is not something our public schools can solve - heck, they can't even get most of the kids in ASD to a proficient reading/writing/math level - why would they be able to radically alter diet and lifestyle?!
The parents need to step up and quit shoving fast food down little Timmy's throat.
good post. look around the playgrounds streets before and after school. what do you see ..kids devouring chips and candy, and drinking these high energy drinks, that are nothing but hyped up cool aid with a little carbonation and tons of sugar.
welcome to the jungle

Allentown, PA

#15 Sep 26, 2007
Cut the amount of money Allentown residents gets in food stamps and I think that will just about solve the problem. These people eat better than us working people. Think about that next time you are at the grocery store comparing prices because you work hard for your money.
Really

Union, NJ

#16 Sep 26, 2007
Kids are getting fat in Allentown bc there are more people on welfare and government support and apparently Mcdonalds gives free food to poor lazy people as long as they have a card that can get punched. Please, maybe if these people got off of their fat asses we wouldnt have this problem now would we?
Really

Union, NJ

#18 Sep 26, 2007
Funny that this topic is on here since I JUST received this email today from a friend...

Omg the other day I went to mcdonalds and --- and I were walking in and now mind you it was one in Allentown, but these two ten or 12 yr old Ricans run in front of us and go in before us and donít hold the door open or say excuse me or anything like that. so whatever...I donít expect it from them..their parents are probably younger than me...we are in line and the kid has this punch card where apparently people on welfare have a card to get free mcdonalds...but that doesnít include drinks I guess...because the one little fucker turns around and asks us if we have any change...omg I wanted to flip out...so I rudely as possible said ďNO!Ē and then they had to ask for a small cup for water...funny...but then the best was when -- ordered and paid with a fifty...and I ordered mine and had a handful of cash with me...they had to stand there watching us order and know we had money...bc they were waiting for their food!!

My point is that I spend like 7 bucks a day on lunch I am the one trying to establish myself and make something of myself but I am broke because its like 50 bucks a week on lunch...I should get a free lunch pass...not these loser assholes who will never become anything but a strain on society!!! ugggggggggggh

Why are kids fat in allentown again???? Don't blame the schools - blame their parents.
Really

Union, NJ

#20 Sep 26, 2007
omg fn morons wrote:
did anyone ever read the book nickel and dimed? its about how people who are on welfare stay lazy fat and stupid because they do not get the nutrients they need to become energetic smart and skinny...therefore they stay behind in all aspects of life...but i bet if they had food stamps for healthy food these people wouldnt know what to do with themselves...
Absolutely true. 100%. I hate everyone on welfare. Get a freaking job or kill yourself.
Really

Union, NJ

#21 Sep 26, 2007
And come to think of it - all of mcdonald's commercials are filled with black people - prob setting the example that it's okay to have 10 kids and be on welfare because HEY! we'll give you free food too! I am from now on boycotting mcdonalds. Idiots.
so now what

Allentown, PA

#24 Sep 26, 2007
ASD is part of the problem with what they serve for breakfast and lunch. I've read numerous articles about schools in our financial situation that serve healthy meals. We serve a beverage of high fructose corn syrup, canned fruit, canned peas, canned green beans. Yummy chemicals! Tasty preservatives! But wait kids, if you want to pass on that "food" you can get ice cream from the vending machine. The free drink you got was too small? Buy a large bottle of high fructose corn syrup. How about making some changes by changing the food we serve? If we care about our community, we must educate them about this problem and make immediate changes.

“Howdy, Ya'll!”

Since: Feb 07

Allentown

#25 Sep 26, 2007
Really wrote:
Funny that this topic is on here since I JUST received this email today from a friend...
Omg the other day I went to mcdonalds and --- and I were walking in and now mind you it was one in Allentown, but these two ten or 12 yr old Ricans run in front of us and go in before us and donít hold the door open or say excuse me or anything like that. so whatever...I donít expect it from them..their parents are probably younger than me...we are in line and the kid has this punch card where apparently people on welfare have a card to get free mcdonalds...but that doesnít include drinks I guess...because the one little fucker turns around and asks us if we have any change...omg I wanted to flip out...so I rudely as possible said ďNO!Ē and then they had to ask for a small cup for water...funny...but then the best was when -- ordered and paid with a fifty...and I ordered mine and had a handful of cash with me...they had to stand there watching us order and know we had money...bc they were waiting for their food!!
My point is that I spend like 7 bucks a day on lunch I am the one trying to establish myself and make something of myself but I am broke because its like 50 bucks a week on lunch...I should get a free lunch pass...not these loser assholes who will never become anything but a strain on society!!! ugggggggggggh
Why are kids fat in allentown again???? Don't blame the schools - blame their parents.
You need to pack a lunch. You'll save tons of money. Set up a special bank account to hold the money you save - you'll be amazed. A little PB&J on wonderbread will fill you up and cost a fraction of McD's.

The racist element of your friend's e-mail I'm not touching, but it made me feel sad that that was the first thing you/your friend noticed about these kids.

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