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Friday, May 18, 2007

Fat Kids Are Round: Opinions Differ.

CNN's enlightened Dr Sanjay "You Hos Should Be At Home Cooking Me Dinner" Gupta:

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: I was a little -- talk about blaming women. I have to be a little careful here.

Women have been blamed for everything going back to the Garden of Eden for sure. But we're taking a look at some -- some people believe that working mothers may actually be contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic. We decided to take a look at this controversial theory.

Yes, the mysterious SOME people believe something ludicrous, so we decided to give it coverage and then for balance we'll say OTHERS disagree.  Next: is the Earth really round?

SINGER: Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin' --

GUPTA (voice over): Working 9 to 5 was a movie and a mantra in the 1980s, as American women entered the workforce en masse. That's about the same time that American kids started packing on the pounds.

TERRY MASON, CHICAGO PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSIONER: We saw that started to happen and you could track childhood obesity and there was a direct correlation.

GUPTA: So, did working women lead to chubbier children? Well, 16 percent of children six and older are overweight. That is triple the number from 1980.

LEW FULLER, OBESITY SOCIETY: We don't have the traditional approach of a woman being at home, cooking dinner, taking care of the kids, getting the kids outside and getting the kids exercise.

GUPTA: Families now eat out an average of four times a week, a big jump from 30 years ago.

Oddly, there's no mention of Dad helping out in the dinner department.  I know it's tough to cook after a hard day of hunting mammoths, but would it kill ya to also put the meat on a spit and light the damned fire?

GUPTA: Others say obesity may be caused by a variety of factors.

KATHRYN THOMAS, ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION: At its very simplest, our kids are taking in a lot more calories than they're burning off, but there are a lot of reasons for that. It's not just because they're not eating as many dinners at home.

GUPTA: Regardless of cause, there are steps to help kids stay leaner.

THOMAS: We need to get physical education back in to schools. We need to get the junk foods out of schools. We need make communities safer for kids to walk and bike and play.

It's harder to do that than it is to say, mom and dad, you're not doing the right thing. I think mom and dad are doing the best they can.

Wait, using our schools to educate kids and assist parents in the area of fitness?  That's crazy talk.  It's much more fun to blame moms!  If only our pretty little breeding vats would give up on this silly notion of working outside the home...


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I think you know where I stand on this one.

Posted by: annieangel | May 18, 2007 7:34:07 PM

Fat kids are round, but pointy in parts.

Like sputnik.

Posted by: watertiger | May 18, 2007 7:43:09 PM

Video games got big in the eighties, but they don't have tits, so it's not their fault. Hmmm ... I blame Reagan. He was elected in 1980 AND he had saggy tits. It's his fault. Why the fuck not.

Posted by: DanF | May 18, 2007 8:44:30 PM

Seeing that my mother's culinary arts came to her by way of Arkansas--fried this and that and lots of gravy--I don't see how her being home would induce some sort of trimming regimine.

By the way, women entering the workforce "en masse" started with World War II.

Gupta can just kiss Rosie the Riveter's ass.

Posted by: Uncle Smokes | May 19, 2007 9:28:58 AM

Lew Fuller is clearly missing the lost traditional approach that really, truly matters:

We don't make the kids do farm labour. Those kids should be out tilling, hoeing, and getting fit like they used to!

Posted by: Painini | May 20, 2007 3:27:48 PM

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