It should come as no surprise that the United States is not the only country facing an epidemic of obesity. What’s also not surprising is that the experts in other countries are just as clueless about fixing things.
According to a recently published article, Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is urging parents of overweight kids to “fight the flab.” It seems that Australia is bursting at the seams just like we are, and at a similarly young age.
What confuses me, however, is the following:
“The Federal Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) wants parents to fight the flab by feeding children healthier food and making them do more exercise. The NHMRC’s draft new obesity guidelines recommend “weight maintenance” – instead of weight loss – for fat children.”
What? The NHMRC is asking parents to combat obesity by recommending “weight maintenance” instead of weight loss.
Heaven forbid we should propose that obese kids lose weight. It’s best just to “maintain.”
Just how obese are the kids in Australia, anyway?
Quoting the article:
- “Overweight kids as young as 10 are developing “late onset” diabetes that normally afflicts the middle-aged
- Some two-year-olds [at the Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney] weighed 36 kilograms (79 pounds)
- …seven and eight-year-olds had been fitted with CPAP machines to help them breathe at night – while others had their tonsils removed to help them breathe
- We’ve got five, six and seven-year-olds with insulin resistance and 10-year-olds with Type Two diabetes
- And young children had been given hip operations because they were so heavy their joints gave out”
The NHMRC’s “obesity guidelines” are due for release this summer but the article cites some of the government’s guidelines for “determining if your kid is a couch potato.”
I’m sorry, but I need to be perfectly blunt:
How insanely stupid does someone need to be to think that a two year old weighs 79 pounds or a five year old is insulin resistant because they don’t exercise enough?!??!?!?!
It’s the food, people!
I bet someone could confine a child to a playpen for the first two years of his life and if they fed him a proper diet he wouldn’t grow to 79 pounds in two years!
I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that the Australian government’s recommendations on obesity, when released this summer, will be just as insipid as our government’s recommendations (and the recommendations of most “experts” in the modern world), loaded with drivel about “responsible portion sizes,” “plenty of exercise,” “whole grains,” and other square-peg-in-a-round-hole nutritional hogwash.
The same hogwash that produced this obesity problem in the first place.