Liberals don't know why "You're fat!" report cards don't work



Liberals believe that the government should be involved with, or even in charge of parenting, to make up for the failures of individual Mom and Dads (or, in many cases, simply Moms). So one of the things they do is measure kids, and if they are overweight, they are sent home with reports telling kids "You're fat!".

It is one of the boldest and most controversial tactics in the battle against childhood obesity: A growing number of schools are monitoring their students’ weight and sending updates home, much like report cards.

Ten states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois, now require schools to send such notifications, sometimes called “B.M.I. letters,” or less charitably “fat letters.” But a new study of the first state to adopt the practice shows that the letters have had almost no effect, at least on older teenagers.

Liberals can't figure this out. Liberals actually have to launch this program and see it fail and still they don't know why.

But common sense, and a little insight into human nature, would have revealed all. Many kids are fat, in large part, because parents don't exercise oversight over what they eat. Not all kids have a tendency to be fat, but those who do who have uncaring parents are the ones who get fat and stay fat.

Now, if parents are already uncaring that their kids are fat, do you think a big fat F on their fatness report card is going to goad their parents into action? Irresponsible parents will be irresponsible parents. The parents who care already noticed their kids are getting heavy and have already done something about it. It's called responsible parenting. But "fat report cards" are not going to turn uncaring parents into caring ones.

Liberals, however, think the government can be a perfect substitute for parenting. This is just one further example of their failure. Oh, and liberals didn't do this alone. In Arkansas, they had company: the then-governor, Mike Huckabee, who pushed this law.

(Abridged version originally published in AT)



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