“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.”
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:
How many hours of screen time to kids have per day?
What percentage of kids age 6-11 are obese?
What percentage of parents with obese kids don’t think their kids are obese?
How fast has childhood obesity grown in the past 30 years?
What is the primary source of calories for kids?
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!
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.
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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