Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Childhood Obesity is Not As Bad As Parental Denial!
Ever look at a photograph of yourself and say, "Wow, that is a bad photo of me. It doesn't look anything like me?" Or "Wow, the way the light shines in that photo makes me look like I have a bald spot." These are examples of denial. With childhood obesity, parental denial simply fuels a growing problem in the U.S.
A recent survey out of Michigan concluded that many Americans whose children are obese do not see their children as overweight. This magnifies the obesity problem because such children run the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol problems. Common sense tells us that overweight children are likely to grow up to be overweight adults."It suggests to me that parents of younger kids believe that their children will grow out of their obesity, or something will change at older ages," said Dr. Matthew M. Davis, from University of Michigan (professor of pediatrics and internal medicine.)The Michigan researchers found parents underestimated their offsprings weight.
National estimates indicate about 17 percent of U.S. children are obese. By the looks of things at the local buffet, I suspect this figure may reflect a National estimate equally blinded by reality. So skip the cookies and candy canes as fruit can make for many more happy holidays in the future.