According to this article, childhood obesity can be predicted in newborns. Anyone with a basic scientific understanding of hormones and genetics can smell the bullshi’t here. First of all, an obesity calculator is already a recipe for disaster. We don’t need a calculator to predict obesity. Chances are, on a typical American diet, most newborns will be well on their way to filling a statistic.
This calculator measures the BMI of the mother, father and the birth weight of the child. The BMI chart is already a joke in itself. The complete inaccuracy of one component of this calculator is already enough of a mockery.
Let’s say my wife and I are both obese. If we feed our child from birth to high school nothing but fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat, how can they possibly be obese? So what if I lower my BMI after the child is born or while my wife is pregnant? Does the genetics fairy swing her wand and change the probability of my child’s obesity??
Let’s look at what the article says:
“The formula was created by an international team of researchers, including those from McMaster and Harvard Universities, and published in the journal PLOS ONE Wednesday. It’s based on information from a 26-year analysis of 4,000 Finnish children, and the formula was also tested on kids in the United States and Italy.”
So what this means is the obesity calculator is a result of a meta-analysis. As for it being tested on children in the United States and Italy……..The likely hood of children on a typical American diet of becoming obese is already high. I can’t speak for Italy, but pasta and bread is big over there.
“Childhood obesity, believed to be a leading cause of early type-2 diabetes and heart disease, is entirely preventable, Froguel said.”
Let me get this straight. Obesity is the leading cause of type 2 diabetes and heart disease? So what is the cause of obesity? Could it be that obesity, diabetes and heart disease are all a symptom of the same culprit? What if I say type 2 diabetes is the leading cause of obesity? Do you see the problem here? I’m just doing what they’re doing…..
“With the knowledge of a child’s susceptibility to obesity, parents should avoid overfeeding and promote healthy eating from the get-go. Genetics, he said, are an inadequate indicator of childhood obesity.”
Parents should avoid over feeding the child? I don’t know of any mammal on Earth that has to actively monitor and restrict their young’s food intake to keep them healthy. Did the researchers ever ask themselves “what causes overeating?” No, of course not. They just assume it has to do with lack of will power. It has nothing to do with leptin and our hormones. I agree with him on the point about genetics being an “inadequate indicator”. My only problem now is the obesity calculator. If it’s not genetics, what’s the obesity calculator trying to factor in???
“Once a young child becomes obese, it’s difficult for them to lose weight, so prevention is the best strategy, and it has to begin as early as possible,” he said.
I agree with this one completely. What I don’t agree with is the method they offer. Feeding your child natural, unprocessed food will help pave the way for a healthy life. Keeping them away from refined sugar, grains, starches and sugary beverages is easier said than done. If it’s enforced at a young age, it will become habit to even the most hyper of kids! Put down the obesity calculator and pick up a copy of Fathead!