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Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
I think there's more at play.
BMI testing is ludicrously inaccurate, and there are all kinds of exceptions and things that can skew the results.
There could be something wrong glandularly or hormonally. The truth is that not everybody can afford to go to a proper doctor or have all those tests done. Insurance is extremely expensive, and a doctor's visit with all those tests can be 700 or 800 dollars without insurance.
You realistically lose a lot of control over what your kid eats when they get older. Teenagers, especially once they get 16 and 17 years old, have a part to play in their health and have to take responsibility for it.
It also could just be a temporary thing and genetics.
My main point, though? Most of the food we have access to here in the States is processed and has all kinds of additives. Even stuff that could be very healthy gets processed and has crap put in it that renders it complete trash.
The point I'm trying to make is that there could be any number of causes that are simply out of a parents' control.
Originally posted by antar
reply to post by NoRegretsEver
USA is just the beginning, in fact it is happening all over the world where GMOs and such are being used and eaten. It is easy to look at the US and point judgmental fingers, but really this is not something that affects only Americans anymore.
Originally posted by Solomons
reply to post by LightSpeedDriver
Sorry but i don't buy this line of argument, it is just as cheap if not cheaper to buy fresh foods and cook good home made meals than buying processed crap. Knowing where to shop, getting deals and using ingredients efficiently is the key. I am poor and somehow manage to do so.... there is nothing wrong with processed fast food now and again but when parents make it the bulk of a child's diet? that is a different story all together.
I'm not having a go at you personally, but the argument is a very common one and completely unfounded imo.edit on 4-1-2012 by Solomons because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Gradius Maximus
reply to post by Iwinder
Im in my late twenties, grew up in the thick of the fast food, pizzas, coke, video games. It never made us fat, and we barely did anything.
Theres something else making these kids fat, maybe its portion control, could it be that simple? One big mac instead of 2 and everythings all better? I thought America was on food stamps? Are we really eating too much? Or is something being added to the food within the last 15-20 years that wasnt there before?
I'm willing to bet that children are chemically damaged somehow in a way that I was not exposed to in my youth and have the grace of avoiding all together, or have developed beyond its ability to have such an obvious effect on my weight.
Originally posted by LightSpeedDriver
reply to post by NoRegretsEver
What a classy way to address a problem. Nice propaganda, which goes no way to addressing the real problem. I'm sure the masses will love it. Not to mention a blatant "blame the parents" approach.
Fructose, processed foods, chemicals. That is what is to blame and (possibly) in that order.