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What is your approach to childhood obesity?

50 years ago no one would have been "fat." This is a hot topic now and I want to know what you think about it and what we should do about it. Is it as prevalent as the media makes it?

  • Aug 30 2011: @Borrah Campbell

    They have tried and failed merely because they didn't try hard enough/dedicate themselves to succeed, of course there's genetic factor and everything, but in the end you cannot beat laws of physics... If you really want to loose weigth you will end of dictation.
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    Aug 28 2011: It's not only in childhood,all of us have the same problem.
    I don't know how to solve that but I want the answer too.
  • Aug 27 2011: It always frustrates me when I see people discussing the obesity situation, because so many people think they understand it when they really haven't got a clue as to why things are the way they are. Obesity is very closely linked to genetics and biology, and has--in many cases--little or nothing to do with the amount of calories you eat or burn each day. Fat cells are programmed to store a certain amount of the nutrients we take in, and in the case of the very obese, this will take priority over feeding the rest of your body; that means your body will turn carbs into fat before using it as energy for your body, regardless of how much you eat. This is why we see obesity occurring in very poor nations that have limited access to even the cheapest food, which goes to show that it's hardly about the quantity, but the quality of what we eat. Counting calories is very misleading, because what really matters are the TYPE of calories you're eating (proteins, carbs, fats).

    Anyone interested in this whole situation would greatly benefit from reading the work of Gary Taubes. Fat Head is also an interesting film that touches upon some of these ideas, but if you want a scientifically legitimate source, go with Taubes, who has published a couple books specifically addressing 'Why We Get Fat' (that's literally the title of one of his books).
  • Aug 30 2011: There is nothing wrong with child being obese or very fat. Problem becomes later in life. I would suggest diets (not limiting food intake but changing composition - sufficient protein intake [protein intake is controlling mechanism for telling body when there's enough food] (>50g per day), low sugar, complex carbohydrates), physical exercise, sports.
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      Aug 30 2011: Diets & exercise do not seem to be working. It's probably going to take a paradigm shift to change the way things are now. There in-fact IS something wrong with children being obese. Being obese can shorten a lifespan up to 40 years.
      • Aug 30 2011: Oh really?! I used to have ~135kg, but I got to 85kg in two years (main exercise being walking with dog on rural terrain 2-3h a day). Maybe you just have no clue what you are talking about. Yes being obese can shorten a lifespan, but simple fact of obesity in children doesn't necessarily mean it will continue into adulthood. Adulthood obesity presents problems, not so much childhood. And you can also do a lot with proper diet - at least what retaining weigth is concerned (reduce overall carbohydrate and increase protein/fat intake). If you lay in front of TV and eat junk food you cannot possibly expect to loose weigth. It's not magic, you need to burn all those calories and being weak minded certainly won't help with doing so.
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          Aug 30 2011: My response wasn't personally aimed at you. Or anyone that has succeeded in loosing weight. I was referring to the innumerable number of people that have tried & failed.
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    Aug 26 2011: Teachers stop students from fidgeting in schools. This is an activity that burns no less than 320 calories a day & may very well be the reason some people are obese & some people are skinny. It is a proven fact that people who fidget less weigh more.

    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=99521

    Don't make your kids sit still! They aren't really hyper... just extraordinarily healthy!
    • Aug 27 2011: personally i hate kids who fidget. the ones who cant stop moving their fingers and shaking their legs annoy me. i especially hate when they do it subconsciously. its because they have adhd
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    • Aug 27 2011: i asked my parents who were born 50+ years ago and they said they couldnt remember anyone in their graduating hs class who was remotely obese. its portion size that has changed
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    Aug 26 2011: Better farm policy. Encourage people to grow healthy food. Just as people are told to rid their pantries of junk food if they want to have their children eat healthy we have to rid the farms of unhealthy food if we want better foods i our pantries.