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Social workers have moved to take into care a baby born to an obese mother.
The mother — who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the children — gave birth by Caesarean section last week in a Dundee hospital but was told within 24 hours that she would not be allowed to keep the baby.
She has already had the youngest of her six children, aged 3 and 4, removed from her care because social workers feared that they were at risk of becoming obese. The 40-year-old mother weighed 23 stone before falling pregnant.
Originally posted by StevenDye
My mother is overweight. That doesn't automatically make her a bad mother...
As a young child I was normal weight, by about 13 I was overweight and by 17 I was underweight....I lost a stone in two weeks over the January before I turned 17 (June). Now I'm about normal weight for my height, though it'll probably drop again soon.
She may be a bad mother for other reasons...but weight does not make someone a bad person...
I think people need to stop using logic that says... Is mother over weight...yes...bad parent.
Because it's utterly wrong.
[edit on 23-10-2009 by StevenDye]
Scientists today reported new evidence that infection with a common virus may be a contributing factor to the obesity epidemic sweeping through the United States and other countries. In laboratory experiments they showed that infection with human adenovirus-36 (Ad-36), long recognized as a cause of respiratory and eye infections in humans, transforms adult stem cells obtained from fat tissue into fat cells. Stem cells not exposed to the virus, in contrast, were unchanged.
In addition, the study reported identification of a specific gene in the virus that appears to be involved in this obesity-promoting effect. The findings, which could lead to a vaccine or antiviral medication to help fight viral obesity in the future, were presented at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society.
A recent study conducted in the USA will shock most of you. “In the study, about 51 percent of overweight adults, or roughly 36 million people nationwide, had mostly normal levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, blood fats called triglycerides and blood sugar. Almost one-third of obese adults
, or nearly 20 million people, also were in this healthy range, meaning that none or only one of those measures was abnormal. Yet about a fourth of adults in the recommended-weight range had unhealthy levels of at least two of these measures. That means some 16 million of them are at risk for heart problems. It's no secret that thin people can develop heart-related problems and that fat people often do not. But that millions defy the stereotypes will come as a surprise to many people.”
Is Fat ALWAYS Unhealthy?
As long as you have all the measurements in control and are not constantly increasing in size, you MIGHT be healthy. Fat people can be healthy only if they are fit and active. It is also important to note that fat people can be considered healthy only if they are not grossly obese.
The simple reason that Fat is not usually healthy is that most fat people are inactive. Big bodies do not allow them to work out or lead active lives. A sedentary lifestyle coupled with High BP, High Blood Sugar and High Cholesterol
, makes this the unhealthiest group of all!
But if you are overweight without being so obese that you could hardly walk, you can still be healthy. All you need to focus on is your activity and fitness levels. Experts feel that “Fitness” and not “Weight” is the key factor that marks good health.
Is Thin ALWAYS Healthy?
Most people believe that since fat is unhealthy, thin must necessarily be healthy! Is it?
As the study mentioned above points out, thin people are also exposed to health risks like heart disease, diabetes etc. What’s more, sometimes thin people have fat inside! This is what is referred to as “Visceral Fat” (fat around internal organs) and is considered much more unhealthy than the fat deposited under the skin. Studies point that people who rely on dieting alone to keep weight under control are prone to visceral fat. This means that if you control your weight only by limiting your calories, you might be fat on the inside, with big depositions of fat around your vital organs!!!
The Goddess of Willendorf, great-bellied giver of life and great-breasted source of nourishment, was also called the Venus of Willendorf. Discovered in Austria by archeologists, she is both the earliest depiction (estimated at 30,000 - 25,000 BCE) of the human form and the first known religious image of the Mother Goddess in all her raw and fertile splendor. Art historians intensely debate the sophistication of her detail, her unknowable face, the dynamism of her braided hair, and her profoundly regal posture.
According to one scholar, the Goddess of Willendorf:
"exhibits... a physical and sexual self that seems unrestrained, unfettered by cultural taboos and social conventions. She is an image of "natural" femaleness, of uninhibited female power, which "civilization," in the figure of the Classical Venus, later sought to curtail and bring under control."
Agricultural Policies, Our Health Crisis, and Food Security
The same agricultural policies that made farmers into commodity crop growers are at the root of the current obesity epidemic. According to a report by the Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy called “Food Without Thought: How US Farm Policy Contributes to Obesity,” “the problem with the extensive use of cheap commodities in food products is that they fall into the very dietary categories that have been linked to obesity: added sugars and fats. US Farm policies driving down the price of these commodities made added sugars and fats some of the cheapest food substances to produce. High fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oils – products that did not even exist a few generations ago but are now hard to avoid – have proliferated thanks to artificially cheap corn and soybeans.” In other words, US farm policies make poor eating habits an economically sensible choice – with long-term negative health consequences for consumers and economically devastating consequences for family farmers.
History, HACCP and the food safety con job