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Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008


A four-letter word to some people.

Or obesity.

Try tossing that around.

Pretty heavy.

And so are our kids.

Obesity’s running rampant among America’s youth.

And everyone’s asking why.

I’ll tell ya why.


Kids just aren’t eating enough sugar.

You heard me right.


Real honest-to-goodness natural sugar.

As kids, we watched the brown sugar melt on our oatmeal.

Loaded Kool-Aid with white sugar.

Piled the white stuff on cold Cheerios.

Our lemonade stands were all the better for it.

Sometimes we’d help ourselves to a big ol’ spoonful straight from the sugar bowl.

Talk about good.

We didn’t suffer from things such as attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity.

Or being overweight.

If we got squirrelly, the grown-ups sent us out to play.

And we’d run ourselves ragged.

Nowadays kids are fat because they don’t play outside, get regular exercise, or do any physical work.

That’s a fact.

Nor do these kids eat real foods.

Or real sugar.

They gorge on what I call “plastic food.”

Stuff comprised of so many chemicals it would blow up a laboratory.

And they’re fat because of all that fructose corn syrup in just about everything that’s prepared, canned, boxed, bottled, or frozen.

That’s a fact.

Ketchup, barbecue sauce, spaghetti sauce, soda pop.

Ice cream, cookies, candy, cakes, and pies.

Corn syrup.

Somebody had the brilliant idea it would be cheaper than sugar and use up the surplus corn crop.

That was decades ago.

Unfortunately the body cannot break it down like sugar.

What’s worse, it takes two times the corn syrup to equal sugar.

So please save America.

Save our kiddos.

Read the labels.

And pass the sugar, please.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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