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Md. Bill Would Have Addressed Childhood Obesity

The Washington Post's series this week on childhood obesity addresses an issue that's a priority for some in Annapolis. They tried unsuccessfully to pass legislation at the annual legislative session to add more physical education to the school day through a bill named after teenager who almost died of diabetes. The General Assembly instead created a task force on the problem.

On the bill hearing this spring, that teen, 14-year-old Bryan Moore, sat quietly with his mother as Del. Jay Walker (D-Prince George's), a former Howard University quarterback, made the case. Walker and Sen. David Harrington (D-Prince George's) were pushing the bill.

"You can either pay now or pay a whole lot later," Walker said. "Ultimately the state is going to have to pay something if we don't do something to help slow down this epidemic in the community."

Bryan, a Baltimore resident, said "honey buns, pizza and lots of fries" were among his favorite foods before he weighed in at more than 200 pounds and was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2006. He said that he is now losing weight because of exercise and tough love.

"My mom tries to keep the sweets out of the house so I won't have to go through what I went through," Bryan said in an interview at the time. "When I first got diabetes. I went into a diabetic coma...I thought that I was about to die. I was very scared, I was very frantic. I didn't think anybody wanted to be my friend anymore."

The legislation would have required public school children from kindergarten through eighth grade to get 150 minutes of physical activity and 90 minutes of physical education. Currently some schools offer between 30 minutes and two hours of PE.

-- Hamil R. Harris

By Anne Bartlett  |  May 20, 2008; 1:24 PM ET
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Isn't this the bill that Montgomery County School Superintendent thought was so terrible that he journeyed to Annapolis to testify against it?

I think this a good bill and should apply to high schools too.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | May 20, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I think I agree with Robin Ficker?..Duh?

Posted by: Count Bobulescu | May 21, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Ok. Here we go again asking the government to save us from ourselves. Get your butt out and walk around! It is not the governments job to see that kids get fit. That's what PARENTS are for.

We have become a nation dependent on government regulation in all parts of our lives, but then we turn around and complain about taxes and laws. You cannot have it both ways. People need to take responsibility for the choices they make.

Posted by: glt79 | May 21, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

No glt79, that is what physical EDUCATION is for.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | May 21, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Eating a healthy diet is also important for good health. Of course, proper exercise is good for us too. Even something simple like walking, recently named Maryland's state exercise

Posted by: Anonymous | May 23, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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