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What’s Going on in Nutrition #1

whats going on in nutritionI wanted to start out with a quote

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
~Thomas Edison

Then, I wanted to talk about the Biggest Loser. I’m an episode behind, but the other day they quizzed the contestants on some statistics of childhood obesity and many were shocked, even I was shocked at a few of them. As a dietetics student, I am aware of some of these shocking statistics but as the years progress, it gets worse. I wanted to share the quiz questions.

When searching for the exact questions, I came across a great blog post by George Van Antwerp that broke them down. Here is what George had, and please feel free to visit his blog post as well to find a really cool infographic on childhood obesity and more information! It’s a great post!

Here are the questions:

Then to me, the most shocking question was

“What percentage of overweight children ages 5-10 already have at least one risk factor for heart disease”

The answer was 60%, yes sixty! These are just children!

My teacher said something very interesting in class yesterday. She said when working with picky eaters she brings up the idea of beer. Most people don’t enjoy the taste of beer the first time they try it. But somehow they continue to introduce it and they adapt to it. People always say it’s an acquired taste and the more you drink it, it’ll eventually grow on you. So she said, why can’t that be the same for food? The example she used was broccoli. She stated a lot of people don’t like broccoli, but with enough introductions to broccoli, can’t they acquire the taste for it just like they do for beer?

I can admit that it’s really hard for me to eat most vegetables because of the taste. One of my professors told my in my freshman year that I was a supertaster and that is why most vegetables were not pleasing to me. I’d be interested in attempting something like this. Continuing to try one vegetable until I can tolerate it.

USA Today, posted yesterday an article “Study: Obese drivers more likely to die in crashes

According to the article, BMJ Group’s Emergency Medicine Journal stated that the risk of death was increased by the more obese the driver was. The definition of obese is a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher.

“The study’s authors pointed to previous research that showed that an obese driver’s lower body is propelled farther upon impact before a seat belt engages the pelvis.”

The article also pointed out the fact that morbidly obese individuals rarely wear seatbelts anyway and this is a factor in accidents as well.

Q: Do you think people can adapt and acquire foods they don’t like?

Q: Is there something you might attempt to introduce multiple times in order to acquire the taste?

Q: What statistics shocked you about childhood obesity?

Q: Have you ever thought about the use of a seatbelt in overweight individuals?

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Oh We Love Nutrition + Childhood Obesity

First up, you know how much I love my Fooducate app, right? (Also, please note then I was never contacted by them or ever told to blog about it. These are my own opinions.)

Well, I follow their blog and you have got to see some of these things.

First up,

Darth Vader burger apparently made at a chain in Belgium called Quick. I’m sorry but that does not look appetizing to me.

Second and best of all,

Have you seen the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and their recent ads? Apparently there are some controversy over the recent child obesity ads.

Personally, I love them. People don’t respond to messages that are nice and gentle. They respond and realize they need to take action when they are hit hard with reality. This is it people. REALITY. Child Obesity is something America has been struggling with which is why as a dietetics major, I have been swaying more towards pediatric dietetics if I don’t find a sports dietitian job. Because I want to help stop or at least make a difference to a few children that suffer from childhood obesity or stop it before they become obese!

The Children’s Healthcare of America started a website for this campaign.

Including some youtube videos. For example:


That is just sad.

Also some facts:

  • Nearly 1 million kids in Georgia are overweight or obese.
  • The state of Georgia has the second worst rate of childhood obesity in the United States, falling just behind Mississippi.
  • 75% of parents in Georgia who have overweight or obese children do not recognize the problem.

Thirdly(is that a word?), I never saw this commercial but in Fooducate’s blog post regarding childhood obesity and the raw truth of the ads, they related to a soda commercial.


How gross, right?

Then, I went to the campaign Strong4lifeGA’s fb page and found this neat site that is great for kids. It’s called Big Fat Math.


You just fill in the drop down boxes and it shows the amount of time you would have to spend doing some activities that children typically would do. Pretty crazy right?

The one bad thing is that the weight drop down box is only in increments of 75, 125 and 175 pounds and you click which one is closest to your weight. So it’s an estimate of time for each activity.

Facts from Big Fat Industries website

  • 70% of obese children grow up to be obese adults.
  • 35% of overweight children have overweight parents.
  • The average child spends more time per year watching television than attending school.
  • Children today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents for the first time in 100 years.
  • One in three children born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes unless many more people start eating less and exercising more.

Q: What do you think of powerful ads? Too harsh?

Q: What are your views on childhood obesity?

Q: Were you surprised by any of this information?