Childhood Obesity is an Epidemic- What is Our Role as Parents?

The HealthGal Health Guide September 09, 2008
  • Oh jeez - it's one thing to set up a household that encourages obesity among the adults who live there - and excuse me if I don't sound empathic - I simply mean - if you choose to be a certain way - I accept it - you are an adult - you get to make even harmful decisions or to choose not to ...

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  • Anonymous
    Reasoning Mind
    Oct. 28, 2009

    I studied Exercise Physiology in College and Obesity was a central subect of many of my courses. What is interesting is that in all of the American puritanical obesession with self-deprivation bordering on ascetic compliance, we fail to do a little studying to realize that there are gargantuan flaws with the link between obesity itself and health risks. It...

    RHMLucky777

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    I studied Exercise Physiology in College and Obesity was a central subect of many of my courses. What is interesting is that in all of the American puritanical obesession with self-deprivation bordering on ascetic compliance, we fail to do a little studying to realize that there are gargantuan flaws with the link between obesity itself and health risks. It is not the fat, but rather the lifestyle that MAY have led to the excess fat.

     

    The body is so much mroe complex than the health businesses either understand themselves or want others to know personally.

     

    In fact, one study examined the direct link of liposuction alone to find that no health indiciators were altered by the mere removal of fat - it has to be a lifestyle change...and even then many people's bodies will still not react for any number of plausible reasons.

     

    Stop spreading misinformation!

    • The HealthGal
      Health Guide
      Oct. 28, 2009

      Your post is appreciated but studies show that liposuction of abdominal fat may indeed reduce risk of diabetes;gastric bypass that results in significant weight loss has been shown to improve all risk of diseases associated with abdominal fat.

       

      I have had people change there lifestyle radically and still need cholesterol lowering medications and medications...

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      Your post is appreciated but studies show that liposuction of abdominal fat may indeed reduce risk of diabetes;gastric bypass that results in significant weight loss has been shown to improve all risk of diseases associated with abdominal fat.

       

      I have had people change there lifestyle radically and still need cholesterol lowering medications and medications to lower BP so again, correcting lifestyle with or without weight loss may not necessarily change disease profiles.

       

      The current body of science significantly supports "extra weight" particularly extra abdominal fat or internal visceral fat as risk for disease irrespective of lifestyle choices, which can indeed make the situation more serious.

       

      Again, your perspective is appreciated -

    • Anonymous
      Reasoning Mind
      Oct. 28, 2009

      It is true that visceral fat, the more metabolically active adipose tissue, does have a stronger correlation with various disease profiles, but our culture's obsession is with the subcutaneous fat - generally an inert kind of fat. This nuance or misguided fervor leads to an obsession that is unfounded.

       

      Fat calipers, which measure subcutaneous fat,...

      RHMLucky777

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      It is true that visceral fat, the more metabolically active adipose tissue, does have a stronger correlation with various disease profiles, but our culture's obsession is with the subcutaneous fat - generally an inert kind of fat. This nuance or misguided fervor leads to an obsession that is unfounded.

       

      Fat calipers, which measure subcutaneous fat, are completely bogus as it relates to overall health. And the BMI, which is another common tool for measuring various health risks, is a joke.  I cannot believe that such crude measures are used by trained health practitioners to dispense exercise and fitness prescriptions.

       

       

    • The HealthGal
      Health Guide
      Oct. 28, 2009

      I have always had a problem with people claiming to know how to use calipers- most times they are significantly off in their assessments and indeed measuring obvious fat deposits is little help- so point well taken.

       

      Agreed that the visceral fat is rarely spoken about though very occasionally a study will pop up to discuss the health impact.

       

      Lasdt...

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      I have always had a problem with people claiming to know how to use calipers- most times they are significantly off in their assessments and indeed measuring obvious fat deposits is little help- so point well taken.

       

      Agreed that the visceral fat is rarely spoken about though very occasionally a study will pop up to discuss the health impact.

       

      Lasdt year the AMA did put out a bulletin to doctors to include in the vital sign assessment of a patient visit waist measurement and # of exercise minutes daily and weekly so again, tracking lifestyle in this regardhas merit.  I do not know if enough doctors embraced the new practice to make a difference.

       

      Thanks again for your comments.

  • Anonymous
    Tina Griswold
    Oct. 11, 2008

    I am so glad you said this! It's the truth...even for me, a mother of three "normal" size girls... I find myself with an eating disorder and overweight for the second time in ten years!!! I "live to eat" and inorder to get out of my disease I have to "eat to live."

    Your message was a punch between the eyes and I am so greatful you said it that way!!! Thank...

    RHMLucky777

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    I am so glad you said this! It's the truth...even for me, a mother of three "normal" size girls... I find myself with an eating disorder and overweight for the second time in ten years!!! I "live to eat" and inorder to get out of my disease I have to "eat to live."

    Your message was a punch between the eyes and I am so greatful you said it that way!!! Thank you!

    • The HealthGal
      Health Guide
      Oct. 11, 2008

      I applaud you for your "wake up" moment and sometimes it is just a little easier when you decide to work on your issues for the sake of your health and well-being AND your kids health and well being.  I just wrote a book Fat Families Thin Families and I talk about teaming up as a family group working together - regardless of what each individual's...

      RHMLucky777

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      I applaud you for your "wake up" moment and sometimes it is just a little easier when you decide to work on your issues for the sake of your health and well-being AND your kids health and well being.  I just wrote a book Fat Families Thin Families and I talk about teaming up as a family group working together - regardless of what each individual's personal goals are (maybe in your case it is weight loss and good health - certainly for your kid's it's good health and avoidance of the same issues you struggle with).  Just remember to shift habits slowly so you can hopefully put them in place for yourself and your family - for good.

       

      Good luck