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(International Business Times)   Scientists have come up with yet another reason why children are obese which isn't 'they eat too much food'   (ibtimes.co.uk) divider line 28
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12435 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Jun 2014 at 7:08 PM (47 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-06-25 06:09:49 PM  
4 votes:
Not a causation, but probably a correlation between overprotective parents and a lack of physical activity due to fear of danger
2014-06-25 07:21:30 PM  
3 votes:
The movie fat kid in 1971 looks positively svelte compared to some of today's kids.  His mother was pretty over-protective if I recall correctly.

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2014-06-25 07:11:15 PM  
3 votes:
Dear god, stupid people:

not everything is about "trying to dodge responsibility"

Sometimes, and this is crazy, I know, we like to actually understand what changed in society to allow for the changes we see in individuals.  Tools to help us shape future policy.  It's not "common sense" because it's actually trying to understand aggregate problems rather than engage in reductionist dismissals.
2014-06-25 08:11:27 PM  
2 votes:
A lot of Farkers seem to have missed the part where parents have been arrested, charged with child neglect  or had their kids brought home by the cops for the terrible crimes of:

 -  Letting kids play in the yard alone
 -  Letting kids walk to the store alone
 -  Letting a kids walk a mile to a sports practice
 -  And worst of all: Walking with a child while male. Especially if the child is female

Farkers who think parents just aren't letting their kids outside need to spend some time reading Free Range Kids and some of the stories who have been cited for negligence for letting their kids out of their sight. Or had their child escorted home by the cops merely because they were walking alone.

If parents are paranoid, it's for good reason.
2014-06-25 08:08:28 PM  
2 votes:
One ranch we lived on was 20 sections, the kids had the run of it, result: slender, healthy, strong and muscular kids.
Another ranch was 250 Sections, kids had the run of it also, result: slender, healthy, strong and muscular kids.

I can cook and bake with the best of them too, and I did! That type of work makes you hungry and when you work as hard as we did you want filling, really 'stick to your ribs' food. In those communities there weren't very many overweight kids or teens and those few that were, well they were simply lazy and stuffed their face all the time. Adults are a separate matter, I've seen some rather grith-y cowhands that never stop being active and they never got smaller and seen some rather sedentary folks that were rail thin...

But kids need sunlight and fresh air and wide open spaces where they can run and jump and climb and swim and ride bikes and motorcycles and horses and blow up ant beds with gunpowder! You keep your kids indoors most of the time and hand them electronics to keep them quiet and still and out of your hair you need a swift kick in the arse! Not to mention they are probably going to weigh more and be much less fit and strong.

Is there a National shortage of common sense in this country?

Oh wait, of course there is.
2014-06-25 07:19:43 PM  
2 votes:
Kids, unlike adults, are not 100% responsible for their actions, subby. An 8-year old child, whose mother encourages it to eat lots of donuts because it wants them, and not to go outside because it might get hurt, is not responsible for getting fat in the same way you or I would be responsible for getting fat. We know better and are able to modify our actions. The child doesn't know any better, and is dependent on the mother to provide more nourishing low-calorie food and encourage it to go outside now and then.

I hope this clarifies matters for you.
2014-06-25 07:18:30 PM  
2 votes:
This is one small area of parenting I haven't farked up too badly.

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2014-06-25 07:14:41 PM  
2 votes:
Overprotective mothers == "Stay inside and be safe" and "No you can't play that sport, you might get hurt" instead of "Go outside and ride bikes and play!!!!" from my wife and I.

//Proud dad of two skinny boys.
2014-06-26 11:24:42 AM  
1 votes:
When I was a kid in the early 60s, you got a soda pop maybe once a week, and you split a 10 oz bottle with a sibling.
You got a candy bar maybe once a week IF you were lucky.
A trip to the candy store meant maybe getting candy, but a cap gun or a roll of caps would last much longer.
In order to fend off boredom, you could walk anywhere, unattended.
Be home by dark, don't get hurt.

No body got shot in school.
We all were slim.

Fat kids just weren't around.
When the carnival came to town, you could pay a quarter to see real, live freaks in a tent.
There were people covered with tattoos, and women with facial hair, and morbidly obese people.
They were FREAKS of nature.

Now, they are in line eating deep fried oreos at the fair.
2014-06-25 11:57:19 PM  
1 votes:
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Remember, nobody is going to kidnap your fat kids. Fat is the ultimate protection.
2014-06-25 10:06:23 PM  
1 votes:

poodebunker: JesseL: This is one small area of parenting I haven't farked up too badly.

Awwwww! If that lil wader is yours, double awwwwww!


Thanks :) All mine.

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2014-06-25 09:49:31 PM  
1 votes:

syrynxx: It's no different than being an adult.  If you have a sedentary desk job, you'll get fat vs. an active job.  My fitness app on my phone says I burned 650 calories walking today to/at/from work, vs. my old job where I walked 30 feet to work. That's a pound a week; 50 lbs a year difference with no other changes.


There are an awful lot of active workers who are fat. It's not just movement, our food supply - fake foods, fast foods, processed foods, soft drinks, etc. - is also part of the problem.
2014-06-25 09:11:21 PM  
1 votes:

wildcardjack: I did pretty good in elementary school when I had to walk three miles each way in Texas weather from melting shoes to frigid rain. I was still fat. Tallest boy in my age bracket, but still fat.

In hindsight, I should have watched cartoons in the mornings and run to school. It's not like my parents were around.


Some people are just just built large. Mastiffs, not Chihuahuas.
2014-06-25 09:01:16 PM  
1 votes:
I did pretty good in elementary school when I had to walk three miles each way in Texas weather from melting shoes to frigid rain. I was still fat. Tallest boy in my age bracket, but still fat.

In hindsight, I should have watched cartoons in the mornings and run to school. It's not like my parents were around.
2014-06-25 08:56:55 PM  
1 votes:
Why not also look into why our current foods are causing excess fat and hunger to begin with?
2014-06-25 08:49:08 PM  
1 votes:

Savage Belief: freetomato: The movie fat kid in 1971 looks positively svelte compared to some of today's kids.  His mother was pretty over-protective if I recall correctly.

Is that Agustus Gloop?


It is.

When I was a kid my mom ran us out to play of we watched more than four Scooby Doo's or Flintstones type shows in a row. Probably for her own peace of mind. All the other kids got kicked put at the same time. Frisbee! Tag! Kickball! Hide and Seek! Down at the creek finding crawdads or tadpoles...you name it. We didn't have gamer physical inactivity back when I was a kid.

But I have an onion on my belt now, you whippersnappers. And I know how to use it.
2014-06-25 08:46:46 PM  
1 votes:

ikanreed: Dear god, stupid people:

not everything is about "trying to dodge responsibility"

Sometimes, and this is crazy, I know, we like to actually understand what changed in society to allow for the changes we see in individuals.  Tools to help us shape future policy.  It's not "common sense" because it's actually trying to understand aggregate problems rather than engage in reductionist dismissals.


But how will they feel superior to acceptable targets now?
2014-06-25 08:38:19 PM  
1 votes:

freetomato: The movie fat kid in 1971 looks positively svelte compared to some of today's kids.  His mother was pretty over-protective if I recall correctly.


Is that Agustus Gloop?
2014-06-25 08:27:33 PM  
1 votes:

big pig peaches: the_end_is_rear: JesseL: This is one small area of parenting I haven't farked up too badly.

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What the hell is wrong with you??????
He should be inside playing video games or watching reality TV!!!
Don't you care about pharmaceutical company executives?
They have families to feed to you know. And mansions to pay for.
If this boy keeps being active and healthy he will not need to rely of various medications when he is older.
You and your kind are so selfish.
Always thinking of your own health and well being.

And is that a river he is playing in? OMG, do you know how many germs are in there? And no shirt! What about skin cancer? You monster!


You owe me a keyboard, dagnabit!!!!

/lol!!!!!!
2014-06-25 08:25:18 PM  
1 votes:

Gyrfalcon: NakedDrummer: Hmm.. Would be interesting to see results of like 3 kid families.

The usual is:
First kid: over protective. Clueless parents doing their best to keep kid safe. Ends Up Economics Major or something.
Second: parents getting the hang of it. Some what moderate.
Third kid: ok these rats are anything but fragile. Go mountain biking and play tackle football in the middle if the street. Good luck with your music major.

Fifth kid (my sister): Just make sure Kennan doesn't eat anything sharp!


With my parents, it was the opposite:

First kid: Yeah, go vdo whatever you want. Quit crying about the soccer injury.
Second kid: Uh...
Me: Oh my god! Get inside! The sun's rays could harm your delicate skin! You have a splinter in your thumb?! To the ER, pronto!

No, I didn't turn out well.
2014-06-25 08:05:35 PM  
1 votes:

addy2: freetomato: The movie fat kid in 1971 looks positively svelte compared to some of today's kids.  His mother was pretty over-protective if I recall correctly.

Of course all the Fark nutrition experts and armchair psychologists will say this is of course true and point to their skinny kids as proof. Any way to pat your sad self on the back and look down on those other people who aren't as smart.


So we should be looking up to stupid people?

In that case I'm adding you to my favorites as "very admirable".
2014-06-25 07:57:02 PM  
1 votes:
The last 2 neighborhoods I lived in had no sidewalks. Zero. Nada. That's can't be helpful to this situation.
2014-06-25 07:33:33 PM  
1 votes:
yay, let's make fun of how other people look! because we want them to be healthy, right? totally not because we're insecure about our own looks...
2014-06-25 07:32:22 PM  
1 votes:

meat0918: Dahnkster: Shout to all my lost boys. Bangarang
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Our ice cream guy makes them run a little bit before he stops.  I think he's just an asshole, but maybe he's helping in his own way.


Did you know that when the ice cream man plays turkey in the straw that means he is out of ice cream? True fact.
2014-06-25 07:21:59 PM  
1 votes:
According to the paper, published on PLOS ONE...

Couldn't get the study accepted at a good journal, I see.
2014-06-25 07:18:40 PM  
1 votes:

Dahnkster: Shout to all my lost boys. Bangarang
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Our ice cream guy makes them run a little bit before he stops.  I think he's just an asshole, but maybe he's helping in his own way.
2014-06-25 07:17:38 PM  
1 votes:
Its not always how much you eat, but what you eat. Just like I could put 8 gallons of fuel in my car and cause it to have problems if I put 8 gallons of diesel or jet fuel.

Its why calorie counting only tells one side of a story.
2014-06-25 07:17:02 PM  
1 votes:

ArkAngel: Not a causation, but probably a correlation between overprotective parents and a lack of physical activity due to fear of danger


True, although as a child of an overprotective mom I can definitely imagine:

"No you may not go out and play where a pedophile might grab you.  You want to give your poor mother who loves you so much a heart attack if something happened to you?  Now go upstairs and internalize your feelings.  There's ice cream in the freezer."
 
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