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Post time 2006-11-19 22:06:26 |Display all floors
Oh, I agree about taking the bad foods out of the schools. Schools are a place to learn, so teaching and offering a healthy lifestyle is great. The problem I see is the NY legislation banning trans-fat from restaraunts. I think that is a dangerous path, because there are many 'bad' foods, and it's not a far cry to jump from trans-fat to other 'harmful' foods. By all means, they should teach children how to make healthy decisions, because that is giving people the tools to make wise decisions. Banning foods in restaraunts, where people should have the right to choose, is making a decision for grown, responsible adults and should not be legislated, in my opinion.

Banning smoking in restaraunts is almost too much for me. I hesitantly support it, though, because of the dangers of second hand smoke. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said "The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." My right to smoke ends when it is harming others, in other words. But my choice to eat 'bad' foods doesn't infringe upon anyone else's life, so it should be my choice.

These are simply my opinions, though, and I mean no disrespect to those who disagree.

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Post time 2006-11-19 22:32:37 |Display all floors
Oh, so they're talking about banning for real, like making it illegal or something? That's weird, I don't know enough about that to comment more on that specific thing. But I'm definitely for more labeling at least. I wish our food all had to be labeled GMO/non-GMO, organic, pesticideful, etc,
I want to know what I"m eating.
One thing about being here in China is that foods aren't labeled like they are int he states. I really don't know what I'm eating. I just buy & eat whatever I think I'll like, but I have no way of knowing all the details of the ingredients, the fat, protein, sugar, fiber, etc... at home I would've read all that stuff before buying something. And just like at home, the stuff labeled "organic" is more expensive, darnit!
I am not rich.  :L

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Post time 2006-11-19 23:08:42 |Display all floors
Originally posted by whampoa at 15-11-2006 05:47 AM
Jamie Oliver takes aim at 'fattest nation in the world'
By David Usborne in New York
Published: 15 November 2006

Jamie Oliver, the outspoken celebrity chef and scourge of ever ...


Oh dear ....

When most normal people are sleeping, whampoa (the insomniac troll from Singapore) posts more salacious articles to emphasise her dislike of the West.

Whampoa has posted before that she dislikes white men and thinks they all stink.

The problem is that this insipid hag lives in Singapore and enjoys a Western-style culture - what a hypocrite!

Now, since she is posting here at odd hours, she clearly has no life and no relationship ... How f*cking sad ... Hey, whampoa how is the Hello Kitty toy?

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Post time 2006-11-19 23:33:23 |Display all floors
It's ok. Obesity is a problem in western culture, and it is saddening to see how it is spreading around the globe. I myself am a bit overweight, although I am pretty healthy overall. I think I have been eating a lot better in the 2 months I've been in China, but I have developed a taste for street BBQ which can't be all that healthy.
I think modernization is out-pacing human evlution. It isn't exactly natural, as far as our bodies are concerned, to travel by car and bus, or to use complex machines to make work easier. So our activity level is far less than the average person's was even 100 years ago. It is also much easier to get food now than it was 100 years ago, with fast food, grocery stores on every corner, and refrigeration. So obesity in any modern society is not all that surprising.

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Post time 2006-11-20 02:59:07 |Display all floors

Look what happens in Singapore ...

Singapore sweats to make fat students thin
Tuesday, 22 February , 2005, 09:41
Singapore: Instead of counting her pennies each morning school break, 10-year-old Singaporean student Gayathiri Kasinathan counts calories. All 350 of them, to be exact.

As a member of her school's weight-loss club, where membership is compulsory for overweight students, Gaya has to keep her recess meal under 350 calories a day.

And twice a week, instead of reading a book or doing anything else sedentary, she must spend 15 minutes of the 30-minute break skipping rope and playing ball games under the watchful eye of teachers.

Under the school's get-thin policy, Gaya, who weighs 36 kg, must shed nearly 10 kg from her four-foot, three-inch frame before she can leave the club.

"I used to love eating fried chicken wings and drinking soft drinks, but nowadays I eat only foods that aren't so fatty, like crackers and soup noodles," Gaya said.

Gaya and her chubby schoolmates are part of Singapore's "Trim and Fit" (TAF) programme, a sterling example of the government's famous habit for micro-managing the lives of its citizens -- in this case youths accustomed to an unhealthy urban lifestyle of fast food and video games.

With past measures such as bans on chewing gum and women's magazines that focus too much on sex, as well as huge public campaigns to leave toilets clean, the wealthy Southeast Asian nation is often described as a "nanny" state.

A government matchmaking service to help boost the city-state's falling birth rate has added to the impression that the People's Action Party, which has been in power since 1965, is intent on keeping the apron strings tight. Also see: Sify Offbeat special

Launched in 1992, the "TAF" intervention scheme requires overweight students to devote additional time, on top of the normal physical education curriculum, to exercises such as jogging, aerobics and gym workouts.

While the government does not place outright restrictions on what "TAF" children eat during breaks, canteen vendors are expected to serve food that satisfies the nutritional needs of students, rather than their appetites.

Under the scheme, schools are also celebrated for devising other strategies to make fat kids thin, and Gaya's Blangah Rise Primary last year won a 5,000-Singapore-dollar (3050-dollar-US) government award for its tactics.

At Blangah Rise, thin pupils wear colourful "I'm Trim and Fit" wristbands while their overweight friends are issued "calorie cash" -- food ration coupons with caloric values that they must not exceed when buying meals at the canteen.

"Overweight students will want to avoid the hassle of using 'calorie cash', and the wristbands serve as an added psychological motivation for them to get healthy," Blangah Rise vice principal Goh Zensen told AFP.

The education ministry also ranks schools according to how fit their students are, and hands out another set of awards according to that criteria.

Schools which keep obesity levels low are publicly commended, and presented with either "gold", "silver" or "bronze" fitness awards, depending on the percentage of overweight students.

On the other hand, those that fail to meet basic requirements -- such as maintaining the overweight student population to around 10 percent or less -- have to face up to "consultation visits" by top ministry officials.

These visits, according to one elementary school teacher, involve ministry officials suggesting to the principal ways to improve the situation and are regarded as a loss of face for the school.

The stick-and-carrot approach to combating youth weight problems has delivered the desired results, according to the government.

A health ministry spokeswoman said the number of overweight youngsters in Singapore had dropped from 14 percent in 1992 to around 10 percent last year.

In comparison, about 16 percent of children in the United States are overweight, a 45 percent increase from 1994, according to the latest study conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services in 2002.

But as with some of the government's other efforts at social control, the "TAF" program has attracted its fair share of criticism.

Gail Lee, the physical education coordinator at Blangah Rise, said she had counselled many students who had become frustrated that the dieting and exercise had not paid off.

"It's quite sad to see that most of the kids who enter the club stay in the club, some of them are naturally big-sized and just can't help being fat," she said.

Other people question the potential embarrassment that chubby students suffer when they are segregated from their fitter counterparts.

The unfortunate reversal of the "TAF" acronym to "FAT" is an obvious angle for thinner students to tease their overweight colleagues.

"People often underestimate the sensitivities of children," said Carol Balhetchet, a child psychologist and the director of youth development at the Singapore Children's Society, a youth counselling organisation.

"Putting these kids in a club which basically says 'we are fat' causes a stigma that will stay with them for a long time. It can lower their self-confidence and impede their future goals."

Gaya is one example of a student who may lose weight but be left to carry a heavy emotional burden.

"Sometimes I don't eat at all (during recess), or I'll just drink water. I want to lose weight, so that I can leave the club, then people won't call me names anymore," she said.

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My guess - whampoa is a lard ar$e herself ... whic h is why she has no life and stalks this BBS at odd hours during the night ...
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Post time 2006-11-20 03:30:44 |Display all floors

Reply #12 tmphgt's post

Originally posted by tmphgt at 2006-11-20 02:56
Singapore sweats to make fat students thin
Tuesday, 22 February , 2005, 09:41
Singapore: Instead of counting her pennies each morning school break, 10-year-old Singaporean student Gayathiri Kasin ...



Hehehe .... that was from Singapore ?

China and Chinese people know Singapore better than I do.

I have nothing more to add.  

Hmmmm.... post more on Singapore success stories.  I need to read and update myself and I am sure the Chinese people would love them too.  



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Whampoa
When asked what they least admired about the West, they replied
MORAL DECAY, PROMISCUITY and pornography which...
DEGRADED women.

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Post time 2006-11-20 03:36:20 |Display all floors

Thanks, freakyqi and traveller54 ....

for your contributions to this thread.

Yes, I like the way the arguments progress over here.  However, I am more inclined to the arguments raised by traveller54 who seem reasonable and show a lot more maturity over here.

NOT LIKE SOME who only want to ruin and make a nuisance of himself (yes, I am referring to angoy tmphgt.)


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Whampoa
When asked what they least admired about the West, they replied
MORAL DECAY, PROMISCUITY and pornography which...
DEGRADED women.

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