Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Fat Kids

Here is a story I just have to bring to your attention. Obesity in kids is 'set' before the age of five and according to Lead researcher Professor Terry Wilkin, of the Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth,
  • "What is causing it is very difficult to know."
The article notes that "...there must be a factor now that was not there 25 years ago which is making today's children obese." He is getting warmer....we live in a low-fat and high (refined) carbohydrate environment now. There is definitely more refined carbohydrate and other processed foodstuffs like HFCS in our diets now.

With no development of this idea he falls back on the traditional line,
  • "It is entirely possible that the calorie density of food and portion sizes could be higher."
Unless he gets a copy of 'Good Calories, Bad Calories' in his stocking this Christmas, there a lot of kids out there who will be looking at a low fat, complex carb and fat future of failure.

As a paleo eater who chows down without restriction on lots of fat, meat and vegetables and takes part in only episodic strenuous exercise, I can only imagine how hard the future of these kids will be. They will be encouraged to eat a lot less than me, and probably be forced to do more.



Methuselah - Pay Now Live Later said...

I think this image suitably depicts the state of affairs in this case...

Asclepius said...

Perfect. A picture paints a thousand words!

I really should look for images to go with my posts - I might make it a resolution. In the meantime, thanks for doing it for me in this instance.