So I know it’s just a cut-and-paste error, but I thought this little item from the local commuter paper did a good job of illustrating the overinflated importance of Obesity News:
More than 100 Vehicles Involved in Highway Crash
Here’s another reason to get the kids to bed early: More sleep may lower their risk of becoming obese. Researchers have found that every additional hour per night a third-grader spends sleeping reduces the child’s chances of being obese in sixth grade by 40 percent. The study appears in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics.
Let’s leave aside my standard rant about how I apparently give more of a shit about kids than their parents do, or at least more of a shit than the media thinks their parents do, given that I think well-rested, unstressed kids are a good thing REGARDLESS of whether it keeps them from being fat. Why do we apparently have to be convinced, even bribed to think that it’s valuable for children to be well-rested, active, well-fed, and happy? But that’s not the point today. The point is, is this a sublime juxtaposition or what? This appeared next to a picture of the crash, on the same page as catastrophic news from around the country. But it didn’t occur to anybody that the text was out of place.