A Proposal to Improve the Race
Yesterday an Institute of Medicine committee released a report on food marketing and children that called for congressional action "if voluntary efforts by industry fail to successfully shift the emphasis of television advertising during children's programming away from high-calorie, low-nutrient products to healthier fare." According to The New York Times, the IOM report "links TV ads and childhood obesity." According to The Washington Post, it says "TV ads entice kids to overeat."
It is amazing that the human race has made it this far given that our children are raised by two entities, "TV" and "Congress", who are so often bickering with each other over how to best accomplish the task.
I have a proposal. I think we should nominate some smaller group of adults, maybe two on average, to take over the care, feeding, and education of children until they reach adulthood. Though its probably not an absolute requirement, maybe we could have one of these adults be a female and one a male, to make sure children can draw on the experience and insights of both genders. These individual child protective guardians could actually live with the children, helping them to avoid making bad decisions about diet, entertainment, and many other life issues. This would drive accountability for raising children down much closer to the individual level, and relieve from "TV" and "Congress" the need to micromanage decision-making from afar.
Posted on December 9, 2005 at 02:54 PM | Permalink
Please, if such a thing were to occur, how can we be assured that these pairs of adults are guiding those children the way TV and Congress wish?
Posted by: Doug | Dec 10, 2005 8:10:42 AM
Careful!!! I was one of these "individual care gardians" along with my partner. We did not put our charges into molds, but did the best we could with developing them individually. Maybe, we don't get an A-plus, but without congress or TV, we did a pretty good job. Look how you turned out.
Posted by: Barbara S Meyer | Dec 10, 2005 8:27:46 AM
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