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The winner for most rediculous study title EVER: March 2, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — erylin @ 10:35 am

Childhood Obesity Prevention Should Begin Early in Life, Possibly Before Birth (from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100301091423.htm)

really?   we have to put EMBRYOS on diets now?  this is just plain rediculous….reading the article brings up a few good points though…..before descending into “minorities and poor people are fat and have fat babies” syndrome….First, that the new Michelle Obama anti childhood obesity starts at age 8, and according to new research, we get OMG fat by 3 months (see my article https://erylin.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/obesity-tipping-point-as-low-as-3-months-diet-formula-for-you-baby/)

Most obesity prevention programs — including the national initiative recently launched by First Lady Michelle Obama — target kids age 8 and older. Scientists at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute’s Department of Population Medicine, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, now say that factors that place children at higher risk for obesity begin at infancy, and in some cases, during pregnancy. Their research also suggests that risk factors such as poor feeding practices, insufficient sleep and televisions in bedrooms are more prevalent among minority children than white children.

The article basically goes on to call out obesity as a class issue…blaming fat on being black or hispanic (um duh, they are poorer on average too), being fat when getting pregnant and poor pregnancy nutrition.    Babies to poor (and minority)  kids tend to be born smaller, gain more weight after birth (when your doctor is pushing you to get your low birth weight baby fatter), and eat solid foods sooner (a poor mother or a single mother can’t afford to take a year off and breast feed…and i know very few offices, retail places or restaurants that will deal with a breastfeeding mother)

Fatter kids also sleep less – if you are poor, you work till late, then you pick up the kids…and eat dinner when 7, 8p?  then homework and shower…its 9 or 10p before you can get to bed….and then you have to be up by 6 so you can get the kids to daycare by 7 so you can be at work by 8….see the vicious cycle? 

Fatter kids (and minority kids and poor kids)  eat  more fast food….well, what mom WOULDNT buy Mc. Donalds…its 5 mins on the way home (and you can eat it in route)  instead of at least 30 min for a home cooked meal…AFTER you get home.  Time to a mother, especially a single, poor working mother, is a precious commodity.  Say you work 9-5.   You live 20 min from work.   I’ll even say our mom has only ONE child.   the school is 5 min away and starts at 9:15.   well, you have to leave for work by 8:30 to be on time… so you have to drop your son off at 8:20 to be safe…that means paying for before school care (usually around 100$ a week)   you have to leave your house at 8:10 to get to the school on time…..so you better be up by 7a to get you and your son ready for school and work.  You get off at 5…so you get to the school by 5:40p to pick up the kids….meaning you don’t hit your house till 5:50.   Assuming you start cooking IMMEDIATELY when you hit the door (and you wont, you just got home…you have to put up your coat and bag, your kids coat and bag….and check homework.)  The earliest dinner can be is 6:20, and that is a fast throw together type of meal…even if you had a crock pot going all day it still takes 10 min to assemble it all and get sitting down to dinner. I have seen article that suggest eating fast causes us to be fat so let’s make sure we eat slowly at dinner, taking 40 min to eat…now its 7p.  bedtime is 8:30 for the kiddo…so you have 1.5 hours to do homework, bathe him and do any serious parenting talks (drugs, sex, money weeeeee!!!!!!!!!) before he goes to bed.   After our darling baby boy is in bed the single mother isn’t done…she has to do laundry, clean the house, clean the kitchen and do any leftover work from her job….before she goes to bed …only to repeat the whole thing the next day.   Time is precious.    I’m a stay at home mom and often am running from dawn till bed….it would only be worse if i had to work too…..and this scenario assume that a poor single mom would be working a 9-5 job….more likely its retail sales so its 10a-7 or 8p….or nursing (7a-3p, or 3p-11p) or fast food (anytime day or night).

the article tried to say it adjusted for socioeconomic status…..but how? (the article never said how, they just blamed it on “intergenerational — for example, the grandmother in the home is influencing how her daughter feeds her own child”   how do you adjust for lack of time….i know, you(fat haters) just call it LAZY!   all those fat single moms are just to lazy to cook a good healthy meal (that they can’t afford to buy the ingredients to begin with)


8 Responses to “The winner for most rediculous study title EVER:”

  1. Robert Says:

    Obama Announce “Let’s Move” – Then Get Punk’d – an SPN exclusive:


    Keep smiling! 🙂

  2. nycivan Says:

    i was thinking about the time and privilege issues raised in your post in relation to Meme Roth. I wonder how she manages her 4 miles a day of exercise and all her media appearances. Could she perhaps have some hired help for cleaning, grocery etc? Over the course of raising her kids ( God help them) how much childcare was she able to afford? I wonder if her obese grandmother had to live with her instead of being able to be in a 24 hour care facility of she could find the time to run 4 miles daily and promote all the stigma and fat hatred that she does? Well I guess if she couldn’t run she could just cut down to 1300 calories a day,

    Even is she is super organized, and does all that stuff herself, I wonder what her budget for food is compared to a single mother in your examples above?

    I would venture that Meme spent more on the shoes she wore to the nightline event than most single mothers can spend on dinners for their family.

    Anyway, your post reminded me of this train of thought and I pondered if we could shed light on Meme’s privilege and how it is an additional overt hatred aimed at folks of lesser means.

  3. Heidi Says:

    Are pregnant mothers supposed to go on diets now?

    This is utter madness.

    • Raine Says:

      Apparently, yes.

      I know a lot of pregnant women who got flack about their eating habits if they gained over 10-15 pounds, and the newest “guidelines” for obese women now say not to gain any weight during pregnancy, which would require an actual weight loss, considering there’s a baby, amniotic fluid, higher blood volume, etc growing that all add to your weight.

  4. Lori Says:

    I think this shows how closely fat hatred is tied to hatred of the poor and of minorities. This seems to me to be yet another attempt to police and control the behavior of poor minority women, who we think can’t be trusted to make good choices for either themselves or their children.

    The thing I find so absolutely infuriating about this is that, living in a predominantly poor, predominantly minority area, I can say with certainty that obesity is NOT the biggest problem facing the kids here. Good schools are an issue. Gun violence is a huge issue. Safe housing is an issue. AIDS is an issue. Teen pregnancy is an issue. The obscene rates at which we incarcerate young black men is an issue. Poverty is obviously an issue. If we really cared about the health and well-being of minority children, those are the things we’d look at, not the size of their bodies or whether their mom feeds them processed foods.

  5. Kim143 Says:

    First let me get pregnant, then I will worry about child obesity. I have been trying for three years with out luck.

  6. Orlando Says:


  7. Twistie Says:

    @ Heidi: Well, the those lazy zygotes would just eat less and exercise more, they wouldn’t grow up to be fat babies, would they!

    @Lori: Can you get several dozen amens? I’ll start you off: AMEN!

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