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(eCanada Now)   CDC says that 75% of teens fail to meet basic fitness guidelines. The other 25% were too winded getting off the couch to take the test   (ecanadanow.com) divider line 62
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2014-01-11 08:38:28 AM
The problem of childhood obesity seems to have stabilized, but remains at 12.5 million children affected in the age group of 2 to 19.

They should be enough to sustain us after the Collapse.
 
2014-01-11 09:41:49 AM
I guess it's to be expected with people's lifestyles becoming more and more sedentary. These days, a lot of your interaction with the rest of the world can be done without even getting up from your couch.
 
GBB
2014-01-11 09:50:21 AM

Fluid: I guess it's to be expected with people's lifestyles becoming more and more sedentary. These days, a lot of your interaction with the rest of the world can be done without even getting up from your couch.


But I don't want to go all the way out to the couch.
 
2014-01-11 09:54:06 AM
Oh goody, another fat-shaming thread.
 
2014-01-11 09:54:35 AM
It's okay when we call our own kids fat, Canada. You need to mind your own frozen business up there.
 
2014-01-11 09:56:53 AM
I'd imagine 90% of adults would fail.
 
2014-01-11 10:01:59 AM
Maybe if you made a physical education test an actual physical test and not just a written one you might be able to catch this a little earlier, eh?
 
2014-01-11 10:05:42 AM
This is a funny but largely realistic impression of many 8 to 20 year old today. In some cases the "kid" would be 30 to 50 pounds heavier, and maybe have an orange Cheetos ring around his/her mouth.


static.fjcdn.com
 
2014-01-11 10:14:13 AM

pueblonative: Maybe if you made a physical education test an actual physical test and not just a written one you might be able to catch this a little earlier, eh?


There was one, in addition to the written test.  They're not releasing the details of the PT test for some reason (embarassment?). How about we hook up treadmills to game consoles so the game crashes if the kid is moving less than 4 mph say....stupid idea in development I know.
 
2014-01-11 10:14:35 AM

GoldSpider: Oh goody, another fat-shaming thread.


You sound....mmm, what's another for fat?
 
2014-01-11 10:19:43 AM
Everybody in WoW looks really buff
 
2014-01-11 10:27:26 AM
With the cost of diabetes and Alzheimers (also a metabolic syndrome) to Medicare/Medicaid , fat people could really sink the economy.

Medicare and Medicaid already account for 23% of national budget and will only get higher as this new fat generation comes to retirement age.
 
2014-01-11 10:32:20 AM
KEEP THE HEALTHY FOODS FROM THE SCHOOLS OF WE LIBS!
 
2014-01-11 10:37:08 AM
Look, ALL of them have a genetic disorder, thyroid problem, or fibromyalgia. It's not their fault they're fat. It has nothing to do with them being lazy or overeating. Why must you fat shame them!?
 
2014-01-11 10:37:34 AM
According to the Childhood Obesity Foundation, weight gain happens when energy ingested (food and drink) is more than energy burned off (physical activity).

Really?  They felt the need to include this with an appeal to authority?

Also, I've been teaching in elementary and middle school classrooms for the last year, and have elementary, middle, and HS age kids, and I'm not sure I'm buying the 75% number without a lot more details on what it is that they're measuring. I don't know about the girls, but substantially more than half of the boys I know through school and my kids (bias there, I know) play at least one organized/school sport, and I can't imagine the test they're using would fail a kid who participates regularly in any sport with the most basic aerobic component.
 
2014-01-11 10:40:47 AM

jacjacatk: According to the Childhood Obesity Foundation, weight gain happens when energy ingested (food and drink) is more than energy burned off (physical activity).

Really?  They felt the need to include this with an appeal to authority?

Also, I've been teaching in elementary and middle school classrooms for the last year, and have elementary, middle, and HS age kids, and I'm not sure I'm buying the 75% number without a lot more details on what it is that they're measuring. I don't know about the girls, but substantially more than half of the boys I know through school and my kids (bias there, I know) play at least one organized/school sport, and I can't imagine the test they're using would fail a kid who participates regularly in any sport with the most basic aerobic component.


Keep in mind that energy is stored as fat only when insulin is present.

If you don't believe me, google it.
 
2014-01-11 10:47:45 AM
It's not fat. I'm a full-time Santa larper.
 
2014-01-11 11:00:43 AM

Bslim: GoldSpider: Oh goody, another fat-shaming thread.

You sound....mmm, what's another for fat?


Horizontally blessed. It's very P.C.
 
2014-01-11 11:09:50 AM
I would comment on this but I am heading to the gym in 26 minutes
 
2014-01-11 11:16:04 AM

GoldSpider: Oh goody, another fat-shaming thread.


I thought you people were supposed to be jolly.
 
2014-01-11 11:29:00 AM
Yes, let's keep pressing with this farking idiotic fat acceptance movement.  Never mind the health consequences and the burden they'll be on the nation's health care providers.
 
2014-01-11 11:35:12 AM

ramblinwreck: Yes, let's keep pressing with this farking idiotic fat acceptance movement.  Never mind the health consequences and the burden they'll be on the nation's health care providers.


I'll go as far to say being overweight and not attempting to do anything about it, is immoral

Not even trolling.

/smokers, heavy drinkers, et al. In a publicly subsidized heath care system you have a responsibility to take care of yourself the best you can
 
2014-01-11 11:38:16 AM

kid_icarus: It's okay when we call our own kids fat, Canada. You need to mind your own frozen business up there.


You could learn alot about child obesity prevention from Canada. Take hockey for example. In Canada parents shoo their children out of the house telling them to go play in the traffic. This teaches children to play hockey under severe weather conditions and the importance of keeping an eye out for cars.

The healthiest state for teenagers is semi-frozen activity. It causes the brown fat to burn off calories.

The British accomplish much the same thing by teaching their children to sleep with the window open even in the dark cold of winter, and by making them wear stupid looking clothes. They also hate to heat anythiing except water for tea, which means that you have to wear sweaters indoors or else go out and lie in the snow which is warmer and drier than the typical English pre-war house.
 
2014-01-11 11:39:27 AM

GoldSpider: Oh goody, another fat-shaming thread.


So you're OK with this future?

www.sickchirpse.com
 
2014-01-11 11:45:44 AM

Bslim: GoldSpider: Oh goody, another fat-shaming thread.

You sound....mmm, what's another for fat?


Gravity enhanced.
 
2014-01-11 11:46:33 AM

Bslim: GoldSpider: Oh goody, another fat-shaming thread.

You sound....mmm, what's another for fat?


Healthy
 
2014-01-11 11:48:39 AM
What are the standards? How many minute mile? How many pushup/setup/chinup
 
2014-01-11 12:03:25 PM

uber humper: With the cost of diabetes and Alzheimers (also a metabolic syndrome) to Medicare/Medicaid , fat people could really sink the economy.

Medicare and Medicaid already account for 23% of national budget and will only get higher as this new fat generation comes to retirement age.


Nah - studies show fat people cost the healthcare system less.
Same with smokers.

Healthy people cost the most.
 
2014-01-11 12:06:05 PM

uber humper: ramblinwreck: Yes, let's keep pressing with this farking idiotic fat acceptance movement.  Never mind the health consequences and the burden they'll be on the nation's health care providers.

I'll go as far to say being overweight and not attempting to do anything about it, is immoral

Not even trolling.

/smokers, heavy drinkers, et al. In a publicly subsidized heath care system you have a responsibility to take care of yourself the best you can


If you honestly believe that - you have a responsibility to start smoking and get fat.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/03/22/alcohol-obesity-a nd -smoking-do-not-cost-health-care-systems-money/
Lifetime medical costs (in euro)
Healthy: 281,000
Obese: 250,000
Smokers: 220,000
 
2014-01-11 12:12:22 PM

Oldiron_79: What are the standards? How many minute mile? How many pushup/setup/chinup


From the looks of most of the American kids I see on the street, I'm going with 60, 5, 1 and 0.
 
2014-01-11 12:22:37 PM

brantgoose: You could learn alot about child obesity prevention from Canada. Take hockey for example. In Canada parents shoo their children out of the house telling them to go play in the traffic. This teaches children to play hockey under severe weather conditions and the importance of keeping an eye out for cars


Yeah right.  The helicopter moms in the USA are afraid to let their little snowflakes go outside without a layer of bubble wrap anymore.  When I was a kid, my mom never even knew where I was half the time.  As long as I returned when I said I would she trusted me, and yes, I had the cops called on me a couple times when I went AWOL.

On the plus side, the kiddie farkers that are supposedly behind every tree nowadays won't be interested in the little fat bastards.  Until their standards fall at least.
 
2014-01-11 12:32:54 PM
static.fjcdn.com
 
2014-01-11 12:35:00 PM
Why do you think there are so many school shootings nowadays? No energy for a good beating.
 
2014-01-11 12:46:58 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: uber humper: ramblinwreck: Yes, let's keep pressing with this farking idiotic fat acceptance movement.  Never mind the health consequences and the burden they'll be on the nation's health care providers.

I'll go as far to say being overweight and not attempting to do anything about it, is immoral

Not even trolling.

/smokers, heavy drinkers, et al. In a publicly subsidized heath care system you have a responsibility to take care of yourself the best you can

If you honestly believe that - you have a responsibility to start smoking and get fat.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/03/22/alcohol-obesity-a nd -smoking-do-not-cost-health-care-systems-money/
Lifetime medical costs (in euro)
Healthy: 281,000
Obese: 250,000
Smokers: 220,000


www.motherjones.com
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/12/quick-look-us-healthc are -costs-elderly

The US spends substantially more than the Euro + UK countries
 
2014-01-11 01:04:13 PM

GoldSpider: Oh goody, another fat-shaming thread.


Stay fat, ashamed, and mad
 
2014-01-11 01:10:43 PM
It's always interesting to observe how selective and inconsistent Farkers are when judging people's illnesses.

/5'9" 165 lbs.
 
2014-01-11 01:12:02 PM

GoldSpider: It's always interesting to observe how selective and inconsistent Farkers are when judging people's illnesses.

/5'9" 165 lbs.


I guessed hypersensitivity.  What do I win?
 
2014-01-11 01:15:54 PM

AngryDragon: brantgoose: You could learn alot about child obesity prevention from Canada. Take hockey for example. In Canada parents shoo their children out of the house telling them to go play in the traffic. This teaches children to play hockey under severe weather conditions and the importance of keeping an eye out for cars

Yeah right.  The helicopter moms in the USA are afraid to let their little snowflakes go outside without a layer of bubble wrap anymore.  When I was a kid, my mom never even knew where I was half the time.  As long as I returned when I said I would she trusted me, and yes, I had the cops called on me a couple times when I went AWOL.

On the plus side, the kiddie farkers that are supposedly behind every tree nowadays won't be interested in the little fat bastards.  Until their standards fall at least.


I always thought that was why we had pedophiles.  They were just trying to get a couple of pokes in before the kids plumped up too much.

/window seat
 
2014-01-11 01:23:23 PM
We should tax all fatties for every hour of tv and computer use that they do. fark them and their fatty fat asses.
 
2014-01-11 01:23:31 PM

Oldiron_79: What are the standards? How many minute mile? How many pushup/setup/chinup


The "standards" are set up in a manner that disadvantages heavier kids. We've certainly "progressed" from institutional racism and sexism.
 
2014-01-11 01:24:01 PM

uber humper: Fark_Guy_Rob: uber humper: ramblinwreck: Yes, let's keep pressing with this farking idiotic fat acceptance movement.  Never mind the health consequences and the burden they'll be on the nation's health care providers.

I'll go as far to say being overweight and not attempting to do anything about it, is immoral

Not even trolling.

/smokers, heavy drinkers, et al. In a publicly subsidized heath care system you have a responsibility to take care of yourself the best you can

If you honestly believe that - you have a responsibility to start smoking and get fat.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/03/22/alcohol-obesity-a nd -smoking-do-not-cost-health-care-systems-money/
Lifetime medical costs (in euro)
Healthy: 281,000
Obese: 250,000
Smokers: 220,000

[www.motherjones.com image 500x301]
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/12/quick-look-us-healthc are -costs-elderly

The US spends substantially more than the Euro + UK countries


Yes, because the EU physicians do a lot of what is called "watchful waiting" rather than intervening immediately.  It works something like this:

Visit 1: Hmm, this patient has a condition that could be a threat to his health, I better keep on eye on that.
Visit 2: It seems to be getting worse.  We might have to intervene at some point to stop him/her from dying.
Visit 3: Yep, if we don't give medical treatment soon he/she will die.
Visit 4: Well, look at that.  The patient is definitely dying.
Visit 5: The patient died. How sad.  Good thing it didn't cost us too much.
 
2014-01-11 01:25:03 PM
If we are going to be progressive and tax cigarettes, we should tax all tv and computer usage.
 
2014-01-11 01:26:36 PM

GoldSpider: Oldiron_79: What are the standards? How many minute mile? How many pushup/setup/chinup

The "standards" are set up in a manner that disadvantages heavier kids. We've certainly "progressed" from institutional racism and sexism.


Oh shut up already
 
2014-01-11 01:31:40 PM

Ima4nic8or: Yes, because the EU physicians do a lot of what is called "watchful waiting" rather than intervening immediately. It works something like this:

Visit 1: Hmm, this patient has a condition that could be a threat to his health, I better keep on eye on that.
Visit 2: It seems to be getting worse. We might have to intervene at some point to stop him/her from dying.
Visit 3: Yep, if we don't give medical treatment soon he/she will die.
Visit 4: Well, look at that. The patient is definitely dying.
Visit 5: The patient died. How sad. Good thing it didn't cost us too much.


Yes.  And it's not rational to give expensive treatments to someone who will soon die of something else.  For instance: why give cancer treatment to someone with bad dementia?

/dying at home with family > dying in cold ICU with strangers sticking you sharp instruments.
//Also, people who spend a lifetime abusing themselves shouldn't expect the system to care more for them than they did for themselves.
///treating root causes early, is cheaper, less painful, and more effective than treating symptoms later
 
2014-01-11 01:34:14 PM

Nemo's Brother: If we are going to be progressive and tax cigarettes, we should tax all tv and computer usage.


Standing desks aren't so bad.  I'm using one as I type this.  Awkward for the first week or two, now I feel strange sitting.
 
2014-01-11 01:40:50 PM

jacjacatk: Also, I've been teaching in elementary and middle school classrooms for the last year, and have elementary, middle, and HS age kids, and I'm not sure I'm buying the 75% number without a lot more details on what it is that they're measuring. I don't know about the girls, but substantially more than half of the boys I know through school and my kids (bias there, I know) play at least one organized/school sport, and I can't imagine the test they're using would fail a kid who participates regularly in any sport with the most basic aerobic component.


if only there was some group of organized sentences that explained what they were basing the finding on?

Also, plural of anecdote isn't data.
 
2014-01-11 02:39:00 PM
So let's review some of the trends of the last 30 years that might be playing a role here:

-ever improving video game systems including MMORPGs
-removal of physical education from schools
-budget cuts in public schools resulting in elimination of some non-varsity sports
-litigious helicopter/snowplow parents
-GPS technology for keeping track of kids
-Cell/smart phones, now with internet capacity
-"zero tolerance" policies
-increasing portion sizes
-easy access to processed, sugar-laden foods in public schools

And we're curious why our kids seem to be getting more obese on average?
 
2014-01-11 02:44:14 PM

blugenes: So let's review some of the trends of the last 30 years that might be playing a role here:

-ever improving video game systems including MMORPGs
-removal of physical education from schools
-budget cuts in public schools resulting in elimination of some non-varsity sports
-litigious helicopter/snowplow parents
-GPS technology for keeping track of kids
-Cell/smart phones, now with internet capacity
-"zero tolerance" policies
-increasing portion sizes
-easy access to processed, sugar-laden foods in public schools

And we're curious why our kids seem to be getting more obese on average?


Not just the kids, but the adults, too.

People are getting fatter as they age. If you want to look younger, trim the waist line.  I joke about people in that they are like trees, you can cut them in half and count their rings to determine their age.
 
2014-01-11 02:51:50 PM
So tired of the fake "obesity epidemic" nonsense. Newsflash to media: fitness and obesity are two *different* things.

You can be obese and very fit, you can weigh your perfect weight for your age/sex/height and be horribly unfit.

I'd make good wagering that over 3/4ths the people reading that article thinking "well that's not me, I weigh the right weight for my height!" are so unfit they'd get winded doing some basic "you should be able to do this" light exercise routines.

Meanwhile, there's plenty of "fit" fat people who'd put them to shame to be found.
 
2014-01-11 03:13:48 PM

GoldSpider: Oh goody, another fat-shaming thread.


Probably can't have enough of them.  How else are the fatties going to be convinced to lose some weight?
 
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