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Obesity Hits Minority Kids The Hardest

A completely unexpected report from the Associated Press:

Striking number of obesity risks hit minority kids

By Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer

March 1, 2010

CHICAGO – The odds of obesity appear stacked against black and Hispanic children starting even before birth, provocative new research suggests.

The findings help explain disproportionately high obesity rates in minority children. Family income is often a factor, but so are cultural customs and beliefs, the study authors said.

They examined more than a dozen circumstances that can increase chances of obesity, and almost every one was more common in black and Hispanic children than in whites. Factors included eating and sleeping habits in infancy and early childhood and mothers smoking during pregnancy

In a separate, equally troubling study, researchers found signs of inflammation in obese children as young as 3 years old. High levels were more common in blacks and Hispanics.

These inflammatory markers have been linked with obesity in adults and are thought to increase chances for developing heart disease. Their significance in early childhood is uncertain, but the study’s lead author says she never thought they’d be found in children so young.

"We think that fat cells in the body cause inflammation and that inflammation causes vessel damage," said University of North Carolina researcher Asheley Cockrell Skinner, the lead author.

The results suggest that 3-year-olds with inflammation might already have artery changes that could make then prone to later heart problems, although that needs to be examined in future research, she said.

Both studies were released Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Dr. Reginald Washington, a Denver pediatric heart specialist who has worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics on obesity issues, called both studies important.

He said they underscore the merit of first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity.

"You still have to get the public to say we believe this is a problem," Washington said. "Everybody’s going to have to play a role here."

Twenty percent of black and Hispanic children ages 2 to 19 are obese, versus 15 percent of whites, recent government data show.

In the racial disparities study, risk factors examined included: mothers smoking during pregnancy; unusually rapid weight gain in young infants; starting solid food before 4 months; mothers’ routinely pressuring young kids to eat more; children sleeping less than 12 hours daily between 6 months and 2 years; and allowing very young kids to have sugary drinks, fast-food, and/or TVs in their rooms.

Minorities were at higher risk than whites for nearly every one

These must be the “cultural customs and beliefs” mentioned earlier in the article.

In any case, it sounds like Michelle Obama has her work cut out for her. Luckily, Democrats have no trouble getting involved in every aspect of our lives.

(Though it is funny how she can’t get her own husband to quit smoking or to lower his cholesterol.)

By the way, notice that the children of these long suffering minorities are more likely to have televisions in their rooms.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

34 Responses to “Obesity Hits Minority Kids The Hardest”

  1. 64dodger says:

    What is a poor child doing with a TV in their room and since they are so poor how do they have anything to eat to make them obese?

    • jobeth says:

      “Clearly..!” …and…”The reality is….” (lord I hate those overused terms!!!)

      (high IQ) Lib priorities are different from (low IQ) conservative prorities.

  2. jobeth says:

    “You still have to get the public to say we believe this is a problem,” Washington said. “Everybody’s going to have to play a role here.”

    Why? All he needs to do is to get Pelosi to say we have a problem that needs to be fixed. She’ll “get the job done for the American people” regardless of whether the people believe there is a problem or not. OR whether they agree they want it fixed or not…HER way.

    I’ll bet she’ll even risk the careers of her co-workers on getting the job done, She is dedicated that way. So giving of…what belongs to someone ELSE.

    Points I’m Pondering:

    Why wasn’t this a “problem” when white kids started showing these signs a few years ago.” Why only once the minority kid’s percentages get to be higher, is it now a problem?

    And, referring to the IQ story reported here this weekend, I thought the libs (and most minorities are lib) were so much smarter than concerves.

    “Accepting” that concept as “truth”,(gag) shouldn’t these people be “smart” enough to have understood how to get their children to move away from the game console and computer, off the phone, kill the TV in the kid’s bedroom, and not to smoke and drink during pregnancy. To not shove surgar filled kool aid and cola filled baby bottles at their toddlers (who should have been weaned a long time ago) to keep them happy on sugar. and out of the parents hair…so they can do their own vices. (Whew! I believe they call that a run-on sentence…;-D Sorry..its only my low IQ showing)

    Perhaps it’s me but I’m having a hard time understanding how they get to have it both ways. That the’ libs are the ‘smartest’…yet…they have the highest correctable health problems,… and the lowest test scores in school, I might add. Ummmm…this doesn’t compute.

    Of course I AM only a lower IQ concerv so don’t expect too much from me.

    And last of all…If these kids all die early, wouldn’t this fit in with O’Balmy’s health care program? These kids can be held up as patriotic heroes..having given their lives for the good of O’Balmy’s death panel health care.

    No more of that messy stuff like giving your life and limbs in battle for the defense of our country. You too can be a hero just sitting in front of your TV munching on Twinkies and soda pop.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And then there’s this: http://www.obesityscam.com/myth2.11.htm

      A few quotes from the list:

      “Of all our convictions about health, the belief that obesity itself is a killer has no rival when it comes to the gap between conventional wisdom and scientific evidence … [T]he health risks of moderate obesity have been greatly overstated.”
      —Dr. Glenn Gaesser, Professor of Exercise Physiology, University of Virginia, 1997

      “[M]ost epidemiological studies reveal that aside from the extremes, BMI is not that strong a predictor of death rates.”
      —QUEST, the official journal of the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, 2004

      “The resulting empirical findings from each of four race/sex groups, which are representative of the US population, demonstrate a wide range of BMIs consistent with minimum mortality and do not suggest that the optimal BMI is at the lower end of the distribution for any subgroup.”
      —American Journal of Epidemiology, 1998

      So, the evidence, like that of AGW, is far from “conclusive”

      “Never let a crisis go to waste” They’ve got to gin up “public support” and find some useful substitute to vacuum money from the rest of the world before the jig is up on AGW. (so to speak)

  3. Confucius says:

    What is the point of this article?

    That only blacks and Hispanics constitute minorities? Why didn’t it study Asians and gays? Were all the gay kids are skinny and conveniently excluded?

    Or that a 20% prevalence constitutes a serious problem? Rasmussen says 35% of Americans view themselves as Democrats. If you ask me, that’s a true epidemic needing a fix.

    Or that a 5-point spread constitutes racial disparity? What was the margin of error? By the way, notice how the article lumps together the black and Hispanic data. (This is a good sign of data manipulation—a.k.a. lying.)

    Or that blacks and Hispanics living in Boston (where the survey was conducted) smoke during pregnancy, sleep deprive and over feed their children with junk food? Because if it is, this sounds like a problem for Boston’s children protective services, and not the country, to solve.

    Personally, I think the point of this article is to help Michelle Obama’s initiative.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Star Trek episode #44 – The Trouble With Tribbles

    Quadro-triticale. Genetically enhanced hybrid wheat. Tribbles ate and ate and ate ravenously but were were nutritionally starving. Te bigger they got the more they ate the hungrier they became because the more they ate, the less nutrition they ingested.

    Connect the dots.

  5. Confucius says:

    The article presents Dr. Reginald Washington as an impartial referee to analyze the study.

    Here’s a 2010 video clip of Dr. Washington talking about childhood obesity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_JcfZo0jvI.

    In the clip, Dr. Washington first blames the private sector. He then blames the Department of Defense! At the end, and only at the end, does he get around to blaming the parents.

    Notice how Dr. Washington, as a black doctor, mentions Michelle Obama.

    Notice also how fat Dr. Washington is. (No mention if he grew up poor in Boston.)

  6. proreason says:

    The problem is clear.

    White people invented McDonalds and TV’s in order to make black kids fat.

    The only solution to this problem is higher taxes and more power for unelected politicians like ThunderButt, and reparations.

    • jobeth says:

      Ahhh, feel that white guilt engulfing us like a warm blanky.

      It makes me want to run right out and throw money at any problem the black minority wants.

      Why is it only the blacks that think they are such an important minority.

      How IS it that the other minorities seem to mangage quite well…on their own without special perks and rivers of money flowing to them.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      It’s even worse than that, pro and jobeth. Soon studies will emerge that will “prove” that certain foods are racist.

    • jobeth says:

      Yes! White rice, White bread and the converse… Black eyed peas….Watermelon… ;-D

    • Confucius says:

      I eat an egalitarian 50/50 mixture of white and brown rice.

      Not only is it delicious and nutritrious, but it’s auspicious if I want to be President or something officious.

      (Sorry. I think I need to back off the brown rice.)

    • JohnMG says:

      jobeth; …..”Yes! White rice, White bread and the converse… Black eyed peas….Watermelon… ;-D…..”

      I’m really conflicted now, jobeth. Where would ‘blackened whitefish’ fit into the scheme?

    • jobeth says:

      John I know you won’t believe this…but I actually thought of that too! (True)

      But I didn’t know where to put that either! lol

      But after thinking long and hard, perhaps it’s something that O’Balmy would eat? That would make it…uhh…make it…oh what ever the H*** O’Balmy is. What ever that is.

    • JohnMG says:

      I’ve got a sister-in-law who, when she first came into the family, actually only ate the lean portions out of bacon strips. Said the rest of it was “just fat”.

      I can only imagine what what Obama would do with ‘blackened whitefish’.

    • U NO HOO says:

      “‘blackened whitefish’”

      It would be cannibalism if he ate it.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “I’m really conflicted now, jobeth. Where would ‘blackened whitefish’ fit into the scheme?”

      And Oreos…

  7. GetBackJack says:

    I used to date this Africa-American Nurse Anesthetist, and …

    … never mind. Family friendly forum.

    But she did shoot her ex-husband right through the front door one night when she was cooking me ham hocks, greens and cornbread … most exciting night of my young life, let me tell you. She had three girlfriends over from Birmingham and me, this 18 yo surgical tech from the suburbs, in college and …

    … what were we talking about?

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”she did shoot her ex-husband right through the front door…..”

      I’d have aimed for either the eyes or the heart, but I guess she got the job done, regardless.

      As for the rest of your story……..details! We want details!

    • GetBackJack says:

      Okay. Ex-husband shows up with two friends, banging on front door, shouting the ugly things exes do. The ‘girlfriends’ from Birmingham had long ago taken sides, I gathered, and could not be restrained from yelling at him through their side of the door. I’m Anglo, way too young, in the kitchen, and ta’in’t never seen anything like this – as my upbringing was so stable it made Mayberry look like a lunatic asylum.

      When the double front doors began to heave against the door locks and hinges my ‘friend’ said Enoughs Enough (but lot more colorfully) and produced a large chromed revolver and shouted get away from the door or I’ll shoot. He didn’t and she did and let me tell you … a big caliber revolver inside a house, inside a front vestibule is a godawful bang, and he was hit through and through just below the shoulder.

      If there was anything funny to this it was witnessing why they use Starter’s Pistols at track meets. His pals left a path of churned up sod across her yard they were running so fast. They looked like the Roadrunner.

      She steered me out of the house and urged me to leave before the POlice came and somehow I didn’t end up involved. Don’t know how, but I never heard any more about it.

      For those who know Atlanta, this was on the SW side of Atlanta near the old Hartsfield airport. That should explain a lot to you.

      Beyond this, deponent sayeth not.

  8. joeblough says:

    World to end tomorrow. Women and minorities hardest hit.

  9. U NO HOO says:

    lets dem eat arugula…

  10. Liberals Demise says:

    I’d comment but not so little Jermailes’ eating a Twinkie in front of my ‘puter screen.

  11. JohnMG says:

    The headline reads; “Obesity Hits Minority Kids The Hardest”

    The entire world always wants to be the victim. Lawyers capitalize on such characterizations. Pessimists abound! Of course obesity is a concern, but look on the bright side………..

    Fat people are harder to kidnap.

  12. wirenut says:

    Sign a bill, spend billions, problem solved! No fat by decree! Good Lord! Ever try teaching a work ethic to these down trodden poor McNuggets? Next Week : How to shovel global warming in virtual reality. Get yer game thumb up for that one.

  13. Rickb says:

    This minority/obesity relationship has an interesting twist and it’s the media that’s to blame. Why? Because the media puts sports stars on pedestals, particularly football players. Young black kids from an early age see the NFL as their dream. They see the NFL as a way out of their families poverty status. It motivates them. However talented you are, unless you are obese (or at least heavily overweight) you just aren’t going to cut it in the NFL (or for that matter, even get to the college stage). So their’s pressure to gain weight as you grow up, “because I’m going to be in the NFL.” How many times have you seen an NFL all-star that’s, say, 6′-0″ and weighs between 138 and 184? If you were check all the NFL rosters, there would be almost zilch that are in the Healthy Weight category for their height. The vast majority are either Overweight and Obese in the roster catalog. Hence, we idolize those stars and minorities try to emulate them. The kids’ coaches keep telling them to gain weight. Parents encourage their kids. Kids growing up seeing the star players get attention, noticed, gets girls, etc. So subconsiously, they can see themselves with that attention if only they get bigger and stronger. Hence, obesity is a goal perpetuated by the media. If the media would give football about as much attention as it does to curling or rugby, we would wipe out obsesity (for male children at least.) BTW, Brett Farve is only 15 lbs away from being classified as obese. Colt McCoy at 6′-1″ and 236 is officially obese! Yup, the winningest college QB in football history. I don’t even have to mention the likes of All-Star Ray Lewis, 6′-1″ and 250 – he’s morbidly obese. Interior linemen? Are you kidding?

    Hook’em Horns

  14. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    Huh….. I thought playing hoops or running from the Police burned a lot of calories.

  15. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I understand that almost half the world is starving. I think we need to send them all our fat kids to teach them how to eat. Obviously, they aren’t doing it right and sending them food and aid isn’t working. We need to send them kids who know how to eat to get the starving kids on the right track.

    There, problem solved.

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