There is so much to say about television advertising and children, we made a five-part series exploring the ugliness.
Childhood Obesity News rounds up the posts that deal with morbid obesity in children and adults, its causes and treatment possibilities.
Fat rejection is out of the question, but if the alternative is to buy into fat acceptance — is that also unhealthy?
Ghrelin, the “hunger hormone,” reminds us to eat, in case we forget. It’s like the warning light on a car’s dashboard that tells you to add oil before the engine seizes up. Face-to-face with an opossum, “yum yum” would not be a person’s first thought. It took the survival-stimulating chemical ghrelin to make the connection […]
There is a difference between recognizing that a condition is unhealthy and demonizing people who live with that condition. Many dedicated scientists, medical professionals, therapists, and others are vitally interested in helping people escape from morbid obesity. This does not mean they hate or look down on people who are overweight or obese. But somehow, […]
The human digestive tract has its own ecosystem inhabited by trillions of beings whose ability to influence our health appears stronger with every new study. In particular, the organisms inside the gut seem to wield uncanny power over the presence or absence of chronic inflammation in the body. Much has been written about the gut […]
The majority of babies are born with a powerful drive—the desire to fit in, be accepted as part of the community, and recognized as a legitimate and valued member of it. They quickly learn that a sure way to get attention and approval is to imitate the actions of the adults and children around them. […]
Humans are so clever, they can talk themselves into just about anything. The fatlogic mindset is not just one set of beliefs, but a spectrum that ranges from hostile defensiveness on one end to self-deprecating humor on the other. Some fat-logicians are militant spokespeople whose rhetorical skills would be envied by any ideological movement. They […]
This is a continuation of the collection of various Childhood Obesity News posts about sugar, a substance considered by some to be a white drug as dangerous as cocaine or heroin. “When Practice Does Not Make Perfect” looked at the historical significance of sugar in the context of Christianity—specifically the ecclesiastical season of Lent. Traditionally, […]
Halloween isn’t here yet, so there is still time to consider new strategies. But maybe the super-size sacks of candy have already been bought. That particular type of early preparedness is definitely not a good idea, by the way. As we have mentioned before, a very real danger exists that someone will start nibbling early, […]