Children Aren’t Born Obese

Although obesity has been classified a disease, antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals can not “cure” it. One of the arguments that science has produced to reduce personal responsibility for obesity is genetics. Genetics may in fact play a role, however, genetic expression can be influenced by personal behavior. The answer to obesity seems so logical and straightforward. Consume less calories, exercise more and watch the weight come off. With nearly 2/3 of the U.S. population overweight or obese, there must be more than meets the eye. The answers to this problem will require social programs to assist in modifying behavior. We have a moral responsibility to help correct this problem. In doing so we will effectively reduce diseases (ex. diabetes, cardiac, cancer, etc…) and medical expenses.

As we join hands and sing “kumbaya” now that a solution has been discovered, why has it taken so long? Is is possible that this has never been the real goal? Healthcare is a business. Businesses are motivated by financial gains. How does government, the medical industry and the pharmaceutical industry benefit from this solution? I am not suggesting they are creating the problem, but I am suggesting that treating this ongoing and growing EPIDEMIC produces more profits than resolving it.

When 163 cases of measles was classified an “epidemic”, after the Disney outbreak in 2014, our congressman began churning out legislation mandating changes to the vaccine laws. This “call to action” was based on 163 cases. According to the Centers For Disease Control, there are 78.6 million adults (34.9% of the adult population) classified as obese. There are approximately 12.5 million children classified as obese. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who are obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who are obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period. Where is the call to action from our congressman to address this REAL EPIDEMIC? Where is the legislation being proposed for changes to the public school lunch programs? Where is the legislative mandates requiring year round physical education in our schools. Where is the media outcry calling for change to current policies to address THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC? Why did Congress respond so quickly to 163 cases of measles that resulted in ZERO deaths? Would you guess the the total number of deaths resulting from 78.6 million adults suffering obesity and 12.5 million children likely exceeded ZERO?

Can you see the imbalance in addressing children and their health needs? Why? If we care so much about our children’s well being, why do we rank number 1 in infant mortality? Why have we not addressed the epidemic of childhood obesity in a meaningful way? Why does our government, medical institutions and pharmaceutical industries seem to only focus on vaccines?

Is there money to be made mandating changes to the school lunch programs? NO. Is there money to be made increasing physical education requirements in schools? NO. Is there money to be made mandating all children be vaccinated? YES. Have we really reduced the importance of our children and their quality of life to whether or not financial gains can be achieved?

If you were to contact your congressional representative and asked what their efforts have been to reduce childhood obesity, what do you think their response would be? On a federal and state level, these efforts have been minimal and ineffective. There are no special interest groups directing these congressional representatives on the issue of obesity. There are plenty of special interest groups making STRONG RECOMMENDATIONS on how congressional representatives should vote regarding vaccine legislation. Big pharmaceutical companies have huge financial stakes in the legislation before congress these days.

Magicians call it “slight of hand.” They force your attention away from an object to create an illusion that something has disappeared. I am saying in this article that our government is pulling a “slight of hand” on all of us. There is no real evidence that our government is attempting to correct our horrible track record concerning infant mortality and obesity. There is, however, a great illusion created as they take the focus away from these failures and redirect our attention to the vaccine program. Just like the magician, they make the greater truth disappear!

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Maybe we should move the focus from 163 children to the 12.5 million children and the complications that obesity causes.  What are your thoughts?

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13 comments

  1. In a recent study parents with obese children considered them to be “normal” weight! They had no concept of obesity.

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  2. Parents, in many cases, do not want another problem to have to confront and deal with. I truly believe they are unaware of the dangers this weight issue causes. This is why our doctors and our schools must become part of the solution. It must start when children are very young. Parents must be part of the education process.

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  3. My baby brother is obese too. I mailed him your piece. I hope he wakes up to exercise everyday now.
    Thanks for bringing this up 😀

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    1. Thank you for mailing the article to your brother. I hope for his sake the message creates awakening. Wishing you and your family good health and happiness.

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      1. That’s very sweet of you. Thanks 🙂

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  4. I believe that treating obesity should start at home where the parents set the examples for their children by living healthy lifestyles. I wonder how much more the government can be involved in combating obesity. It seems as if folks just don’t want to be held accountable for their own decisions. Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign against childhood obesity is entering its 5th year. When the program was first introduced, there was and still is a backlash of resistance from folks saying how they eat is not the government’s business. There have been improvements in healthier foods in schools (also getting rid of soda/pop machines), The First Lady has appeared on TV on many of the popular talk shows to try and encourage families to work out, there’s a website folks can access to learn more about having healthy lifestyles, etc.

    Vaccines save lives. I respect parents who do research on what vaccines are essential and make intelligent decisions based on their research; however, I think of the 1952 polio epidemic….of nearly 58,000 cases reported that year 3,145 died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis (Polio Today.org). If we all stopped vaccinating our children, these epidemics can be repeated.

    I enjoy reading your blog and agree with many of the articles and research you post….this particular one; I do have differing viewpoints, but I still think we can be friends. 🙂

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    1. Absolutely. Good friends. I spend a lot of time researching, however, that does not make me invincible. All I want is for people to see good credible research defending positions on ALL sides so they can make well informed decisions for themselves. In my opinion any time risks of injury are involved (especially for children) parents should have a significant role authorizing or refusing treatment.

      I agree with your views on obesity and where the responsibility lies.

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  5. Did you see/hear that the Cleveland Clinic showed McDs the door on their hospital campus recently? What a great decision, made by one of the leading centers for cardiac care. Woohoo, CC, you go, docs!!!

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    1. Why do you think they kept the other fast food industries in the food court? If the purpose is to promote better food choices, why not create a policy rather than create a possible scapegoat? I hope the motives were pure. For the “message” to be relevant, consistency is just as important. Let’s see where this decision takes us in the future.

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  6. When parents are able to address their inner pain and emptiness, which creates obesity, we can one day prevent the problem that they pass on to their children. It is a vicious cycle. Awareness and knowledge for the deeper issues is always the answer. Great post thankyou.

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    1. I agree completely. It’s unfortunate, however, that our children have to bear the brunt of their parents misgivings.

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  7. My parents mean the world to me and I am by no means blaming them for my poor relationship with food…BUT they didn’t instill the best nutritional values in us when we were children. Sure, people can rise above how they were raised and I feel that I have…it just took me a lot longer than it should have.

    Children may not know better, but parents should. I’m hoping my potential future children will have healthy relationships with food and not be like me, who went on my first diet around grade 4. Even then, I knew something was up! I wasn’t obese, but I was heavier than I should have been.

    I know from personal experience how fast the weight can creep up on you and how overwhelming it can feel to lose it. However, I had my wake-up call and I am so glad that I did. Regardless of how slow it comes off, at least I’m moving in the right direction and am making the best choices for my future.

    Everyone’s wake up call happens differently though (or not at all). A lot of people are sleeping

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    1. This was a great response. Many will relate to your sentiments. Young parents need to educate themselves BEFORE having children. It is not fair to them to make them suffer as you have. Thank you for sharing your personal story

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