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An expanding nation
There are many reasons we have an obesity epidemic in our country. Many can be controlled. Lifestyles, parenting, food. But most of all education and parents accepting responsibility for their children health. Parents should not be afraid to be tough sometimes.
Frog in the water
“Slow changes over time in anything we see every day become invisible and can be ignored – which is great for the aging wives among us but not so helpful for frogs or children whose parents who should be taking notice so something can be done about it.”
“So if nearly everyone is obese then bizarrely no one is.” http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/obesity-is-now-so-normal-that-parents-can-t-see-it-in-their-kids/
Parents and kids.
Odds ratio analyses found children were 2.1 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.6, 2.8) times more likely to be obese if only their father was obese, 1.9 (95% CI: 1.5, 2.4) times more likely if only their mother was obese, and 3.2 (95% CI: 2.5, 4.2) times more likely if both parents were obese.
I don’t know about you, but it makes me sad when I see little children who are obese guzzling down a soda, munching on a huge bag of potato chips, or eating junk food. Often times the parents are also eating the same foods as the kids. http://www.dianecarbonell.com/do-obese-parents-equals-obese-kids/
Poverty and obesity
National data indicate that obesity rates increased at all income levels between 1971 and 2002, but the poor did not necessarily experience the largest increases during this time period (Chang & Lauderdale, 2005).
According to one recent nationally representative sample, obesity prevalence was higher in lower income and education groups, but the rate of increase in obesity over two decades was faster for higher income and education groups (Singh et al., 2011). For instance, between 1992 and 2008, obesity prevalence increased by 42.3 percent for the lower income group compared to 88.5 percent for the higher income group. http://frac.org/initiatives/hunger-and-obesity/are-low-income-people-at-greater-risk-for-overweight-or-obesity/
One in three kids eats fast food daily.
Researchers found that kids and adolescents ate an average of 12.4% of their daily calories from fast food. Kids ages 12 to 19 ate twice as many calories from fast food restaurants as children ages two to 11. In total, close to 34% of children and adolescents from ages two to 19 ate fast food on a given day.
Political correctness gets in the way
The problem that emerges when we start to substitute euphemistic phrases for scientific terminology is that we start to de-emphasize the seriousness of the problems. For example, for people who do not like the stigma of being called “anorexic” should we just say that they are “too skinny.” Some people do not like the stigma of being a cancer patient. Should we just say they just have “really bad cells?” What about people who don’t like the stigma of major depressive disorder? Should we just say the have “the blues?” Should we tell patients they have “unhealthy sugar” instead of telling them they have diabetes mellitus? Where does it stop? http://blog.medfriendly.com/2011/10/little-johnny-is-obese-political.html
My politically incorrect conclusion.
Overweight kids are at risk! Their health, their future is at risk. Our country’s future is at risk.
So pardon my language but fat and lazy parents should get off their fat and lazy butts and take control of their lives and of lives of their children. It takes effort and education. And tough love. And sometimes your feeling are hurt. And your children feelings also. And it’s OK. Better for your health and well being.