Saturday, October 22, 2005

Childhood Obesity on Mothers Movement Online

I just published an article about the political and social implications of our national obsession with childhood obesity. You can read it here:

http://www.mothersmovement.org/opinion/05/s_schoff_carsten_1005/child_obesity_1.htm

Also, if you haven't already, be sure to check out the other funny and thought-provoking articles there as well.

3 comments:

Eileen Flanagan said...

Hi Staci. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I enjoyed your article about obesity. I find it's a tricky line between paying attention and obsessing. It's good to have some of the media obsessing debunked.

MommyWithAttitude said...

Thanks Eileen - I tend to border on the obsessive, so I like to try to keep an intellectual perspective at least!

Sylvia said...

Wow, I'm not sure if anyone reading this bothers to follow up but after reading Staci's "article" I was floored. The article is flatly unintelligent. Staci, I respect your right to air opinions but your article misrepresents the overweight/obesity issue significantly. Your comments about your neighborhood, or the kids at your local pool expose your ignorance on the topic. The world is bigger than your back yard. I suggest you read more than one or two articles. As a demographer I can point you to thousands of scientifically valid studies that clearly indicate a steady downhill trend in childhood fitness and an increase in obesity and overweight in our kids. Childhood obesity dramatically increases the chance of Diabetes, Liver Disease, Sleep Apnea and Stroke. This is medical fact, not opinion and it's irresponsible to portray it as otherwise. While it's true that poor families (ethnic or white) have more dramatic increases in obesity, the increase in white middle class obesity is very significan (except in your neighborhood). Please try to be more educated before you deem to give advice to people that could deter them from making intelligent decisions about their kid's health.