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Friday, May 14, 2010


Have you seen this?

A study on caloric intake in a large, nationwide population of children and adolescents has revealed the surprising finding that those who are clinically overweight and obese consume fewer calories than their healthy weight counterparts, beginning at around 7 years of age.

The study, was presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2010 Annual Meeting

Oh yes, the antipsychotics being doses out to children at an alarming increase, and having antipsychotics being touted as add-on and depression treatments to the point where people reading/seeing DTC ads believe they ARE antidepressants. This, leaving children on neuroleptics, which shorten the life span, leaves obesity as a result an alarming public health hazard.

Mrs.Obama should take a look at the increase of medications like those being rx'd to children and have a concern over the children of America being drugged, at young ages with powerful chemicals, many for behavior control.

My daughter, while medicated for a wrong diagnosis 10 years ago was placed on Zyprexa (antipsychotic) and gained a whopping 100+lbs., that nothing would remove, until the drug was removed, then all of the weight was gone....the metabolic ramifications are possible diabetes, etc.

Though the lunchroom at the junior high school where I work does not have sodas any longer in the vending machines, it is loaded with chocolate milk. Hardly sugar-free or calorie free!

Nice recommendation for the workout Dr.X. when I was in my 20's and a runner, I did that, where I wanted to cut the time running shorter, I increased the pace to full on run for 15 solid minutes...got the same results and cut the run down by 30 minutes.

As, with the fast food, and microwave meals, gadgets and tecnology, the drug companies have a firm and taloned grip on America and they won't be backing down either, especially when the President was funded by PhRMA, and have quite a stake in Health Reform.

Good luck to all of us.

Cheryl. I hadn't seen that. Very interesting with serious implications for how we think about obesity and weight management.

Stephany, When I wrote this, I was actually thinking of teenage girl I know. She gained about 75lbs on Zyprexa. She's been off it for several years, but still struggles with obesity.

I didn't mention that there is research linking insufficient sleep and obesity. I don't have any data, but lots of suspicion that more children today than in the past are sleep deprived.


Without 'data' to back this up, I can verify that lack of proper (meaning to the individual body) sleep can cause weight gain.

For example, using myself: lack of sleeop, I 'swell up' ' puff up'. Due to the hormones that trigger stress, some people are subject to this, thus the ads for 'stress induced weight gain' etc.

Social-econinomic factor: (please excuse typos etc)

Most ppl and that means adults and their children who qualify for low income housing and food/groceries know that the main bulk of the food given are cheap/inexpensive carb loaded and processed foods.

If any sociologists pay attention to the weight of low income to standard 'poor' people, one will notice the overweight population is amongst the poor.

They usually are hungry and not well fed, and many EBT clients will tell that fresh food and that means fruit/vegetables are not always on the list to redeem.

It COSTS MONEY to be healthy in this USA world, and that----

is why you see so many overweight (FAT)people at Walmart.

Shoot me for saying that, because things could be worse than the truth.

Good post. The meds are a major factor (I was going to say big...:) Interesting that tho most people know that the anti-psychotics and mood stabilizers promote weight gain, the long term effects of SSRIs are not negligible either. THey don't cause the rapid initial wweight gain of a Zyprexa, but promote cravings for carbs and increase appetite, also promote a certain apathy that is not conducive to hard exercise.

Money is a factor: I see this every time I go to Costco. I buy cheap fruits and vegetables, organic to teh extent I can afford (farmer's markets are the only way, or grow your own). But when I buy a tray of apples, they hang around long enough to spoil as my brats devour the junk food in five minutes. Junk food is way cheaper (2 liter bottle of soda is 1 dollar on sale, gallon lowfat milk is 4 dollars.) and doesn't spoil. WHen one is urged to serve and eat a diverse diet, it is hard to juggle perishable foods so that one doesn't waste much of them to going bad.

ALso, in a fast food nation, people want things to taste the same, and natural foods by definition vary in taste, consistency, smell.

Oddly, this means that my family adore our own very sour blueberries, blackberries, wild apples that grow wild up north, because they have eaten them all their lives. Most people can get used to and enjoy "healthy" foods.

There is also the temptation factor. Most of us grew up with few if any snacks allowed, and food kept put away. Nowadays, there are no longer any taboos about eating or drinking on the street, and we are used to eating all day long. Also, many workplaces have food out all day long (people eat out of stress, and the sixteenth time you pass the bowl of candy, you indulge)

Exercise: way to go! I am hardly slim, to put it mildly, but I have always eaten like a lumberjack beause I walk and used to run a lot. Have just started up elliptical and running again, and it should get me back in shape despite the ostensibly nominal increase in calorie burning. If only my middle aged knees don't betray me again...

Oh, when I worked in the city, visiting group home kids, a big factor then in being sedentary was them living in tower blocks with dangerous stairwells and broken elevators, and nowhere safe to play. At least if a mom or group home staff member was responsible and wanted them within hearing or glancing range.

It's difficult for females to exercise safely in a city if they can't afford or don't care to work out indoors in a gym. I destroyed my knees running on concrete sidewalks when I would train for marathons in youth in busy areas.

Stephany and Retriever, good points about financial considerations. Eating well is expensive. The association between obesity and economic factors is very strong.

On the matter of snacks, I also have the sense that snacking is much more accepted today. My experience as a kid was the same as yours, R. Snacks were small and tightly regulated--maybe a couple of cookies after school.

Something else just occurred to me. I remember exactly when it was that my mom began to allow us kids unrestricted access to sugary soft drinks. It was when a new dairy store opened nearby. The store carried only a few items and all were astonishingly cheap. One of the items was a fruit punch sold at 25cents a half gallon. Our refrigerator was well-stocked with it. Before that, we had only one beverage option outside of meal times: water. With the discipline broken, the fruit punch triggered a cascade of unregulated sugar consumption between meals in our household.

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