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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