Obesity is largely a question of calories in and calories out.
So why is Mayor Bloomberg only concerned about the “calories in” part?
Is the Mayor’s focus on Big Gulp Disease a sleight of hand to divert attention from the city’s inability (or is it unwillingness) to address the “calories out” part of the equation?
In its biennial survey of high school students across the nation, the CDC reported in June that nearly half said they had no physical education classes in an average week. In New York City, that number was 20.5 percent, compared with 14.4 percent a decade earlier.
That echoed findings by New York City’s comptroller, in October, of inadequate physical education at each of the elementary schools that auditors visited.
New York City has not filed a physical education plan with the state since 1982, though state officials recommend a new one every seven years. A spokeswoman for the city schools says one will be presented in September.
It’s time for Mayor Bloomberg to step down from the bully pulpit long enough to get our kids back into the gym.