Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
Those are governed best who are governed
I had planned on writing something totally different
for this section, but after this morning's news I had to write about the
horrible commentary/article just published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association titled "State Intervention in
Life-Threatening Childhood Obesity." Below is a link to a news report on
the article, titled "Should Parents Lose Custody of Their
Extremely Obese Kids?"
The first two paragraphs of this article scare me to death.
One way to manage the nation's childhood obesity crisis might be to take the most severely overweight kids away from their parents, argues Harvard pediatrics professor and obesity expert David Ludwig in a controversial commentary published Tuesday in one of the country's most well-regarded medical journals.
The recommendation in the Journal of the American Medical Association to consign extremely obese kids to foster care is eye-popping, but it's already transpired in a handful of U.S. cases in which a morbidly obese child was at risk of serious health problems.
In the meantime, the mortality rate
associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of
ALL causes of death for females 15–24 years old. In the meantime, "an
analysis by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that
hospitalizations for eating disorders jumped by 119 percent between 1999
and 2006 for kids younger than 12."
In the meantime, "A six-year-old girl obsesses over her
weight, while another young girl eats paper instead of food to fill up.
Why are prepubescent girls developing eating disorders? Sydney Forbis
seems like an ordinary teenager: She wears skin-tight clothing, worries
about her figure and painstakingly picks out each new outfit when she goes
shopping with her mother. The extraordinary thing about Sydney is
that she is only 6 years old."
So is the AMA or Big Brother going to come in and take these eating disordered children away from their parents? No. This isn't about our children in general. It's about our FAT children. It's about making fat the enemy. It's about trying to force everyone to be a certain size.
We have to stand up and fight this!
It might be
more worthwhile if we stopped wringing our hands
Surprise! I'm still alive. Again I
find myself apologizing for getting behind with The QP,
but I have a good excuse, even though it was of my own doing.
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It seems that our lives are driven by one force these days. Our BMI (Body Mass Index). Our doctors judge us by it. Our children are judged by it in school. Every where we turn, we're coming face to face with something pertaining to our BMI, and we're considered "less than" if our BMI isn't "right."
Below is a wonderful article on the Body Mass Index craze by Keith Devlin.
Top 10 Reasons why the BMI is Bogus.
1. The person who dreamed up the BMI said explicitly that it could not and should not be used to indicate the level of fatness in an individual.
The BMI was introduced in the early 19th century by a Belgian named Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet. He was a mathematician, not a physician. He produced the formula to give a quick and easy way to measure the degree of obesity of the general population to assist the government in allocating resources. In other words, it is a 200-year-old hack.
2. It is scientifically nonsensical.
There is no physiological reason to square a person's height (Quetelet had to square the height to get a formula that matched the overall data. If you can't fix the data, rig the formula!). Moreover, it ignores waist size, which is a clear indicator of obesity level.
3. It is physiologically wrong.
It makes no allowance for the relative proportions of bone, muscle and fat in the body. But bone is denser than muscle and twice as dense as fat, so a person with strong bones, good muscle tone and low fat will have a high BMI. Thus, athletes and fit, health-conscious movie stars who work out a lot tend to find themselves classified as overweight or even obese.
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