Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Parents reported less concerned about youth obesity, but that's not consistent

The “Science Times” column of the New York Times has a disturbing article today “Blind to a Child’s Obesity”, about parental obliviousness to overweight in their kids, link here
But my own experience, when working as a substitute teacher, and in mixing in a few local congregations, is that youth obesity seems to be an economic class experience.  It was more common in Hispanic populations (as it is in modern native Americans, dues to dietary changes vs. genetics) than others.  It still is relatively uncommon in higher income families.
As far as lack of time in “real world” activities because of social media, again, I don’t see that too often among higher income families.  There is a definite correlation between parental success and stability, and the ability of their kids, as they move through middle and high school years, to find that “real world” activities can work for them.  These may include sports or outdoor activities and out-of-country trips (sometimes for missions or charity) in the summers.  They may include things like drama or music performance or even (with a bit of irony) high tech video and filmmaking. 
And obesity seems less common in the male gay community than with adult males at large, partly because of appearance values in the community.

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