How can 22.3% of La Cañada children be obese, given a robust local youth sports environment?
La Cañada is home to Sport Chalet, the La Cañada Baseball and Softball Assn., the La Cañada Baseball Club, the Spartan Basketball leagues, the Foothill Hoops, the American Roundball Corporation (“ARC”), the Hoop Rats, Play Smarter Basketball Clinics, the Spartan Basketball Camp, the SpartanAllStars Basketball Camp, the La Cañada Gladiators, AYSO, Arroyo United Soccer Club, the Flyers Soccer Club, La Cañada Girls Lacrosse, the Foothill Volleyball Camp, the YMCA and various private golf, tennis and riding clubs.
With a plethora of youth sports activities, why does La Cañada have a 22.3% childhood obesity rate?
Bodybuilder Scooby Werkstatt notes, “America is fat because our nutrition is bad, and we are sedentary.”
And he adds, “We … are loving our kids to death. It starts with baby strollers. What's wrong with a baby stroller? It starts a lifelong trend of inactivity. Heck, why walk, when if you just make a little fuss, your parents will push you around like a pharaoh?”
In an age of metrics, here's a fact-based anecdote. Spend a week in Paris or Rome, take public transportation, sightsee and visit museums, you can eat whatever you want. At the end of the week, you will have lost weight. Try this in London, where the food is abysmal, and you will gain weight.
Perhaps the answer, noted by the L.A. Weekly, lies in “the recent Seattle Children's Hospital study on neighborhood walkability, showing that childhood obesity rates plunged in towns ‘where physical activity and nutrition environments were positive.'”
Isn't La Cañada walkable? Why can't La Cañada, like Mission Viejo, treat these stats as a success story?
What do you think? Send your suggestions in a letter to my editor, Carol Cormaci, at Carol.Cormaci@latimes.com.
ANITA SUSAN BRENNER is a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and an attorney with Law Offices of Torres and Brenner in Pasadena. Email her at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @anitabrenner.