Whoa, Kids Are Getting, Like, Orca Fat
The Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine has released a new study analyzing the respective fatness of the nation's progeny in 2003 and 2007, and the results aren't pretty, at least if you consider thin to be "pretty." (Personally, who wants a skinny baby? Have you seen one of those? They're scary, more like aliens than babies. Fat baby, skinny kid, that's the rule we live by.) But anyway...
Kids are fat. And getting fatter. Between 2003 and 2007, obesity prevalence increased by 10 percent for all U.S. children and by 18 percent for female children. Kids are most obese and overweight in Mississippi. But Oregon seems to know what it's doing -- it has the lowest rate of overweight or obese kids, even managing to reduce its obesity ranking by 32 percent since 2003.
Kids in New York, FYI, have "at least 75 percent higher adjusted odds of obesity" than those in Oregon.
This new study follows a report, published in Pediatrics, that says obese kids are 63 percent more likely to be bullied. Unless the majority of kids in the class are obese, in which they gang up on the skinny kid and sit on his head. Been there.
One big old duh:
Researchers noted that odds of being overweight or obese increased relative to less neighborhood access to parks and sidewalks, lower levels of physical activity, and more time spent watching TV or on the computer.
Less Facebook, more Wii Fit, folks! Or the children of the future will never grow up to know the glory of war.