Category: Childhood Obesity

  • Things that won’t necessarily prevent fatness

    Things that don’t necessarily prevent long-term child or adult obesity: Breast feeding Educating parents Weight bullying Banning junk food Banning whole milk Banning soda / pop Dieting Exercise Just something to think about.

  • Things to Read

    Some links I thought worth sharing: Lara Frater on the word “fat”. Grief moves at its own pace, despite the “rush to normal” common in our society. You know how kids will bulk up a little before a growth spurt?  That’s now a strange thing to be studied, not a normal thing. Swimming laps & […]

  • Weight Loss Myths

    Shakesville posted about this Gina Kolata NY Times piece already, but I wanted to highlight this: David B. Allison, who directs the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham […] sought to establish what is known to be unequivocally true about obesity and weight loss. His first thought was that, of course, […]

  • Harriet Brown on Weight Bullying by Parents

    [Discussion of bullying and weight punishments; feel free to skip.] Harriet Brown has a piece in the New York Times Well blog on “Feeling Bullied by Parents About Weight“: Parents and other adults who are “only trying to help” may do harm rather than good, as a recent study from the journal Pediatrics makes clear. It […]

  • Fat Doesn’t Require Apology

    You may have seen the video where WKBT anchor Jennifer Livingston responds to a viewer complaint about her weight.  In her response, Livingston thanks those who have come to her support.  She encourages people to speak against bullying and to think about what they say in front of  kids. What she does not say?  Jennifer […]

  • Junk Food In Schools Doesn’t Correlate To Fat

    Remember how banning junk food in schools was supposed to make fat kids thin?  Guess what?  No,  it doesn’t.  At least not according to “Competitive Food Sales in Schools and Childhood Obesity: A Longitudinal Study” in Sociology of Education (January 2012). But of course we should’ve thought it would, right?  It’s not like “Snack food intake does not […]

  • For All The Parents Out There…

    Think about how you will react if your child is fat.  Over time, if you’re making it clear that you don’t want a fat son or daughter, well, your son or daughter may not be able to stop being fat.  But your son or daughter can eventually choose to stop being your son or daughter. […]

  • Quick Question

    About adding apple slices to Happy Meals (and reducing the size of fries): Also, for those who are over age 12: Is there any toy which would entice you to buy a Happy Meal for yourself?

  • Things to Read

    As others have noted, Paul Campos’ piece on how the US “Let’s Move” campaign aids and abets bullying is worth reading.  Besides noting that advocating for “child obesity to be eliminated” paints a “pick on me” sign on anyone who isn’t model-thin, Campos also cites studies that have tried healthy interventions with children in the […]

  • QOTD: Why Stigmatize Fat Kids?

    From Pattie Thomas’ post at Psychology Today in response to a “Cease to be obese crusade” billboard on how kids should exercise: Why do you have to promote weight loss in order to promote exercise? If you really believe in the calorie in/calorie burned model, promoting exercise and healthy eating for every one would automatically […]

  • Oh, CNN

    This blog post got my hopes up with “Dieting gets you nowhere” and then dashed it with the “but it works for kids!” ending.  No, people, turning off the TV or passing up a Happy Meal will not automagically turn a fat kid into a slender one.  Sorry.

  • Things to Read: Scandals That Aren’t

    This bit on Fast Food Restaurants Not Single-Handedly Ending Child Obesity is hysterical.   Yes, some fast food restaurants pledged to make “healthier” choices available, and yes, they make some “healthier” choices available.  Is it really a surprise that you might have to, gasp, order the milk and apple slices instead of pop and fries? […]

  • Doing the Same Thing, Expecting Different Results

    Can you place this quote? Just about everyone can list ways to fight childhood obesity: schools should alter lunch menus, teach nutrition and hold more physical education classes. At home, parents should be more diligent and the Xbox less available. Here’s the problem: as logical as these suggestions might sound, when many of them have […]

  • Michelle Obama: Let’s Harm Fat Kids

    If you haven’t read Kim Brittingham‘s piece on Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign, you really should. When we frame our battle for healthier children as a battle against fatness itself, we’re merely proclaiming open season on fat people. We’re encouraging an already fat-prejudiced society to further demonize those who bear the fat – worst […]

  • Wonder if Michelle Obama reads the New York Times

    From a New York Times article on how some anti-childhood obesity funding is cutting into funding for anti-smoking efforts: Jeffrey Friedman, an obesity researcher at Rockefeller University, notes that there are many assumptions about what will work — more healthful foods in schools, a soda tax, getting children to be more active. Yet no interventions, […]

  • Today’s Logic Fail

    Researchers found that kids who have higher BMIs tend to do a little worse on treadmill tests than thinner kids…if they’re from “lower- or middle-income neighborhoods.”   The difference goes away if they’re from the more affluent neighborhoods. Lead researcher Dr. Tajinder P. Singh, of Children’s Hospital Boston, speculates that [K]ids from affluent neighborhoods have […]

  • No, really?

    USA Today discovered that — guess what! — fat kids are more likely to be bullied. Researchers at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor analyzed the bullying incidents of 821 children ages 8 to 11. The study, reported today online in Pediatrics, found that obese children were more likely to be bullied than normal-weight peers, regardless of […]