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Obesity and Progress in Philadelphia's Public Schools

Dr. Fran Cogen Health Pro September 24, 2012
  • One of my recent blogs was a somewhat pessimistic response to the worldwide obesity epidemic and the continuing epidemic of new onset type 2 diabetes. I do try to find optimistic studies and articles as much as possible because it is important to be proactive and not lose hope and thus become despond...

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  • David Mendosa
    Health Guide
    Sep. 24, 2012

    Dear Fran,

     

    Thank you for sharing this positive take on the obesity epidemic. We have to avoid the trap of thinking that trends will continue forever. For example, I just saw a new study showing that by 2050 almost all of us will be obese, if the trend continues. It won't because all trends have self-corrections built it.

     

    Best regards,

     

    David...

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    Dear Fran,

     

    Thank you for sharing this positive take on the obesity epidemic. We have to avoid the trap of thinking that trends will continue forever. For example, I just saw a new study showing that by 2050 almost all of us will be obese, if the trend continues. It won't because all trends have self-corrections built it.

     

    Best regards,

     

    David

  • 123momteach4
    Sep. 24, 2012

    "The intervention, however, must be on a governmental level (city, state) and be officially mandated to make it possible." 

     

    Dr Cogen,

    I beg to differ.  I do not think that governmental mandate would be in anyone's best interest.  Since when does government really care about the individual?  The real change, I would suggest, needs...

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    "The intervention, however, must be on a governmental level (city, state) and be officially mandated to make it possible." 

     

    Dr Cogen,

    I beg to differ.  I do not think that governmental mandate would be in anyone's best interest.  Since when does government really care about the individual?  The real change, I would suggest, needs to start in people's homes.  Concerned parents can do much more for this trend than the government can.  If each individual family teaches their children about proper nutrition, those children can learn to make the right choice, even in the face of temptation.  I am not saying that all children will make the right choice in every situation.  I do however believe that children are much smarter than most people think and can learn to know right from wrong, even in their food choices.  If the right choices are taught to them from the time they are toddlers, they will even prefer the right food choices.

    I also disagree that choosing 1% milk over the 2% milk is correct.  All children need fat for proper brain growth.  If we limit the right kinds of fat, how can we expect them to be able to concentrate in school?  In fact, the food group that is actually stored as fat most often in the body is carbohydrates, especially simple carbohydrates.  Lets get rid of the candy incentives most teachers like to use to encourage their students to give the "right" answer.  Lets get rid of refined sugars and flours if you have to get rid of something.  However, it is not enough to get rid of these things.  We need to put something in its place.  How about putting fresh and dried fruits and veges in the schools instead?  

    Another thing that needs to be taught to our children is moderation.  Do they know when enough is enough?  In our society, it seems that the more you get the better.  Right?  Children are taught this from an early age.  They want to get and get and get.  Even from the time they are first born in the hospital, some parents stick a bottle in the infant's mouth every time they cry.  So the infant learns to eat whenever he/she needs something.  They don't learn to differentiate between the feelings of hunger, sadness, lonliness, etc.  Again, this is something parents need to teach their children.

    So, to sum up, it is the parent's responsibility to teach their children and nurture their children.  Keep the government out of it.

    Beth

    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      Sep. 24, 2012
      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments. I think there is merit in what you propose but I also think the government could help on overarching laws. DrC