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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 29, 2014 / 29 Iyar, 5774

The Real Reason Kids Are Fat

By Lenore Skenazy




JewishWorldReview.com | Fat, fat, fat. That's what you keep hearing about our kids today — news that is simple, straightforward and sad. But then comes the jumble of reasons.

Could it be high-fructose corn syrup?

A lot of folks say yes. No, they scream yes. But others put the blame on fats. Or salt. Or carbs. Or, inventively, artificial sugar, the kind with no calories. But some mention regular sugar, too. Or any combination of the above.

Anyway, maybe the problem is really electronics. With games such as "Club Penguin" and "Call of Duty," computers keep kids glued to their screens — and their seats and anything else glueable. And if it's not a computer, it's a tablet or phone. High tech is so mesmerizing; kids just sit there, staring. (And if they play Wii, which no one really seems to do except in sitcoms circa 2007, they're still not exercising much. Wii is to running what playing in the bathtub is to laps.)

Then there's the "corporations know the secret to making us hungry" argument: Snack manufacturers have perfected the mix of sweetness and saltiness, texture and taste, to make us crave the next Cheeto before we're even done crunching the current one.

And if you want more reasons: Kids today have too much homework, leaving no time to play. Kids are overscheduled, leaving no time to run around. Kids, in all their after-school activities, spend half the time on the bench or being lectured about sportsmanship or eating the low-fat snacks some parent has to bring each week, leaving limited time for the actual sport.

And all of these may be true, at least in part. But surely, the simplest reason for childhood obesity — and one that is nearly always overlooked — is this:

We don't trust our kids to go outside without us. We don't think it's safe. And because we're busy adults, that means our kids barely get outside at all.

One recent study found that the percentage of kids ages 9 to 13 playing outside unsupervised in a typical week stands at 6.

That's close to zero!



Another study just released this week, by Active Healthy Kids Canada, gave that country a D and ours an F when it comes to kids walking or biking to school. The reason is partly convenience (parents drop off kids on the way to work) and partly distance (too far to walk). But it's also the fact that adults believe that anytime children are not directly supervised, they are in danger of death.

This belief has become so ingrained that I just heard from a mom who'd been arrested for letting her child, 6, walk with another child, 7, to the park in Washington, D.C. They'd been gone from the house 12 minutes when a stranger saw them and called the cops — presumably because he was afraid for them.

The cops took the kids home by cruiser and charged the parents with a felony (later knocked down to a misdemeanor) for letting them go outside unsupervised. The charge now reads "contributing to the delinquency of a minor."

Yes, walking around with a friend is now delinquency. And letting your kid walk is a crime.

Until we realize that kids don't need constant adult supervision, they will be sitting inside a class, a room or a car, plumping up. Why is that considered "safe" but running around, burning calories and making friends is not?

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