There was an article yesterday about how the test for type II diabetes (as in the type associated with obesity and sedentary lifestyle...) misses 2 out of 3 kids screened. One of the comments on the story quoted part of the news article and then added one simple word:
"increasing exercise, losing weight and changing dietary habits."
I'm still cracking up over that. But seriously, how did we go from not wanting kids to be overly focussed on their weight [a good thing] to reaching the point where childhood obesity and the associated health problems are at epidemic proportions? What the hell does promoting healthy eating and exercise have to do with lowering a child's self-esteem? Because believe me, if I had a kid who was so overweight that I felt the need to test them for type II diabetes, I would first be telling them to get outside, get some exercise, and to also exercise a bit of portion control.