reply to post by KarensHoliday
I am not sure we can trust things like ADHD stats. These days, there are far too many medications for everyone, including children, being pushed. I
suspect a lot of kids are diagnosed with some such problem when they rally don' have one. These days, too many want to assign some psychiatric label
to anything and everything. Why can't a kid just be misbehaving now and them?
Overweight? That is a real problem for children, as childhood weight issues can lead to lifetime problems. Causes there are not all one thing,
though. I mean, sure, some people have no idea what to feed their kids, and that's a problem. However, I have seen times when parents seemed to
actually want their child overweight. I wish I was kidding, but I am not.
This one little girl was the daughter of the troop leader for my oldest's Brownie troop. All of the troop was invited to her birthday party. This
child was overweight. Not huge, but not healthy. At the party, the kids all had cake, of course. This girl's mother asked her if she anted another
piece. No one else asked for any, and the rest of the kids were in the yard at this point. The conversation was in the living room, with all the
parents. Well, the girl said, "No." - she didn't want any more cake. What happened next shocked me. Her mother basically insisted that she eat
another slice, which the child did, in tears.
Another case, a coworker of mine brought in his infant daughter. I have NEVER seen a baby that fat. The poor girl had, literally, triple chins.
This guy asked me if I thought she was cute! I told him, nicely, that I could not tell, because she was too heavy. He really didn't seem to realize
there was a problem! I recommended he change her diet, and seek a new pediatrician, since clearly the one they were using wasn't looking out for the
health of that child. In both those cases, there was the same cultural background. I don't know WHY, but it seems to be not that uncommon, for some
When my oldest was a child, we lived, for a time, in a small Kansas town near a military base. For a short while, she attended a school in town. I
was stunned when I first picked her up after school one day (many, she would walk - about two blocks). Literally half of the kids coming out of the
school were overweight. About a third of those were seriously obese. I had never seen so many overweight kids in one place. AT that time, that town
was among the poorest in the nation, too; maybe THE poorest, I can't recall for certain. For some reason, it seems there are more poor, overweight
kids than better off ones. maybe that isn't accurate across the board, but it matches what I have seen.
Learning disabilities? I think we would have to be more specific on that, to make a fair assessment of why.
Autism, I think we can pin a lot of on vaccines. Allergies and Asthma? Well, asthma, they claim they don't know, but I know mine wasn't helped by
two parents that were heavy smokers.