This morning’s Boston Globe has a column by Derrick Z. Jackson, entitled “Diabetes and the trash food industry.” Jackson notes the explosion in Type II diabetes, especially in children, and goes after the factors that contribute to kids developing this condition. It’s a passionate, detailed piece, and it thoroughly excoriates most of the causes ofr this epidemic.
After I read it, though, I felt like something was missing. I felt that Jackson had neglected to discuss one factor that ought to dwarf all those other influences. So I went back and read it again. And a third time. I even had my computer search it for a certain key word, and it confirmed my own thoughts — Jackson was, by omission, exonerating the single greatest factor in childhood behaviors.
Apparently kids these days have no PARENTS who can not buy or take away their video games, get them to eat healthy foods, encourage them to exercise, take away their TV privileges… you know, do the kinds of things that traditionally fall under the category of “parenting.”