Children's obesity rates vary greatly in L.A. County
Obesity rates for children in low-income communities with few parks are up to nine times higher than for children in affluent areas with abundant recreational access, according to a new report that analyzes childhood obesity in the cities and communities of Los Angeles County.
The rates ranged from a low of 4% in Manhattan Beach, which has a median income of $100,750 and 5.7 acres of green space per 1,000 people, to 37% in Maywood, where the median income is $30,480 and 0.6 of an acre per 1,000 people is devoted to recreation.
And if there’s one thing we need to combat in this country, is kids not being pretty enough in Los Angeles.
The problem stems from children in poor areas eating more high caloric food and lacking in large park facilities as compared to those in rich areas. According to county Public Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding "We also know there is a clear correlation between living in areas with limited access to park and recreational facilities. The kids in the poorer neighborhoods often eat chips and soda instead of fruits and vegetables, in part, because it's cheaper per calorie." And the kids in rich areas have plastic surgeons who’ll suck the fat right out of them. So really, who are we kidding?
Are rich kids really eating that much more healthy food, like fruits and vegetables? I mean, that French Tartiflette is pretty high in fats and carbohydrates. Someone tell the personal chef that he’s killing our kids!
Considering that the rich LA kids most likely have trainers who work with them in their basement gym, most rich-kid area parks are left unused and unattended. The solution, therefore, is bussing. We must bus the poor kids in from their poor-kid areas to the rich-kid areas and let them run around. The great thing about this idea is that if there are enough poor kids running around, a rich-kid area eventually becomes a poor-kid area and then they get all the park space they could ever want.
This recipe originated in the Savoie region of the French Alps, where it became popularized at ski resorts! Full of potatoes, rich cheeses and smoky bacon, this hearty dish should be served with a crisp white wine for a fun, Alpine-themed dinner!