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Childhood Obesity Rates. . . Drop?

We’re getting fatter. Except when we’re not.

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Sorry about that, but, sometimes, the facts have a decided nonsensical bias.

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement that read, in part:

  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
  • The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 21% over the same period.

Obesity, in this case, is defined as having excess body fat. Being overweight means having excess body weight for a particular height.

We’ve been fighting against childhood obesity for years now. And, it seems, we’ve been winning. Partly.

While obesity rates for most Americans haven’t changed significantly over the past decade, among kids ages 2 to 5 the obesity rate dropped from 14% in 2003-2004 to just over 8% in 2011-2012, according to a report out Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That represents a drop of 43%, CDC said.

“I am thrilled at the progress we’ve made over the last few years in obesity rates among our youngest Americans,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in a statement. “Healthier habits are beginning to become the new norm.”

Which is, of course, good news. But we shouldn’t be getting cocky about this little, tiny piece of a very large pie.

According to the CDC report, older children made no progress, with nearly Being overweight or obese can be just the start of the problems young dudes and dudettes face when they don't eat healthily when they are younger and just learning how to control their own diets.18% of kids ages 6 to 11 remaining obese, as well as 20.5% of kids ages 12 to 19. In women over age 60, obesity rates climbed from 31% to 35.4% in the same period, the study shows.

Obesity “remains at historic highs,” says David Ludwig of Boston Children’s Hospital, who has warned that today’s kids could be the first generation in history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. He described the declining obesity rates among youngsters only as an “encouraging preliminary finding.”

Which means we, as parents, have to continue working with our children and ourselves to make sure we eat better, exercise more and stay healthier.

It’s one reason I’ve started losing weight. Not that I object to people telling me how good I look*, but I wanted to show my three young There are a number of different things that we can do to help combat childhood obesity.dudes that it is possible to eat well and be healthy without resorting to some bizarre diet, or giving up and getting fat. Eat less and exercise more and you will lose weight and feel better. And possibly use the word and more.

I’m not suggesting that we parents monitor every single morsel that enters the mouths of our children. That would be silly. Mostly because they will get older and they will make decisions on what to put into their own mouths when they’re not around us. So we need to show them ways to eat fun food and still be healthy. We need to show them how to determine if a food is healthy or not.

And I think we are starting to do that. We just need to keep at it. What do you say, dudes? Wanna get healthy?

Footnotes & Errata

* Because I don’t object to it at all. Please feel free to tell me that any time you see me.

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Dude Don’t Wanna

Nobody likes paying taxes. Let’s just get that out of the way really fast.

No one likes it. Period.

However much we grit our teeth, mumble under our breath or whine and complain, though, we gotta do it. What’s more, I’m thinking we might actually want to try and feel a bit better about the whole thing.

I know a lot of dudes have difficulties with paying taxes because of all the fun stuff certain people in government like to bring up to rally their base. They like to bring up what they consider to be wasteful spending. Then make fun of it. They like to talk about all the pork in every budget and say it should all be cut. Then under their breaths, whisper something along the lines of, “Well, except for mine because that’s not pork that’s just good sense.”

So, yeah. There are problems. There is waste in the budget, but I’d argue that the good far outweighs the bad.

Our taxes don’t only go to fund (insert your idea of a wasteful project here [but, again, I’d probably argue with you about it because it might actually be of benefit, just not an obvious benefit]), but also go to fund things we all need and use.

Taxes go to fund police and fire and ambulance. They go to fund schools, which try their best to educate our children so they will become productive, happy members of society. They go to fund building inspectors, so that great new house you just moved in to doesn’t fall down around your ears.

Taxes go to fund infrastructure repair and improvement. Though I’d argue that not enough goes to fund that sort of thing. The sorry, scary state of our nation’s bridges alone are enough to give any dude nightmares and make us think twice about crossing most bridges. In addition, taxes go toward funding our national defense. We have a volunteer armed force, so we’ve got to pay these people. We don’t just force them into the army or air force and then expect them to serve free.

We also can be thankful that our taxes go toward helping out many of those in our society who need our help, who were failed by our school system and didn’t get the education they need to successfully compete in today’s job market. And, yes, for Medicare, Medicaid and our country’s latest foray into medical care, Obamacare. Which I think is working out just swell.

So, yeah. Taxes are a pain in the butt and, yeah, I’d certainly rather not pay them. But I understand that, no matter how much I dislike them, and no matter how much I dislike some of the things our money is spent on, I realize that taxes are necessary if we are to remain a somewhat fully functioning democracy.

Have fun, today.

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Saturday Funnies: Dude

by Richard

Sometimes I get bored. Sometimes when I’m bored, I’ll start flicking through the google machine and see what’s the haps, as the young dudes say.

With that in mind, I started flicking through the image results that came up when I googled one word: Dude.

It might not surprise some of you to learn that, no A Dude’s Guide wasn’t on the front page. Most of that front page was taken up by images of one Jeffrey Lebowski, known now and forever as the Dude, played by the inimitable Jeff Bridges in full-on spacer mode. If you’ve never seen it (then you can’t be Zippy the Monkey Boy who watches this movie at least once a month), then you’re really missing out on a surreal, spacey trip through the life of a seriously left-behind loser. It’s also funnier than heck.

Anyway, type in dude to the google machine and you get some interesting images. Like this:

Who would have ever thought there was  Jeffrey Lebowski action figure? Not me, dude, that’s for sure. Especially an action figure that comes with removable White Russian, the preferred drink of the Dude.

We’ve also got this:

Obama’s got nothing on this cat.

Of course, as with all google machine image searches, there’s always the probability (not possibility, but probability) that you’ll run into something more than a little vaguely disturbing. Evidence for this assertion? Why, the following, silly dude.

With American Idol finally over, I thought I’d finally be rid of that, that, that whatever the heck thing that is. Seriously, dude needs to stop getting work done. After a while, you’ve just got to declare defeat, muster up as much dignity as you’ve still got the shreds of, and mope on home. He is long past that time.

So, off with you. To the google machine for a little fun. Go. Enjoy.

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