[preamble]Child obesity is NOT a national emergency despite what we are again being told. This hysteria caused by our politicians is amazing. EVERYTHING that happens is a crisis and we have to “do something”. Childhood obesity is a function of parenting – not government nor should it be controlled, monitored or managed by government. Parenting should be taught NOT how to eat nor should we be attempting to feed every child in a school – schools are for learning not daycare or as a replacement for parenting – state parented children is way to socialistic for anyone. What needs to be tought is mother/father, parenting, responsibility, family life – all missing from the equation. It seems all those wonderful people that want to pull GOD, family life, holidays and anythign else that makes us human do not see the error of their ways – when you remove this from society, the problems we now face become exemplified and worsened – responsibility and accountability!
Society is also more sedentary – we use smart phones instead of talking, we dont play stick ball, stoopball or football in the streets as we used to. We are in front of computers all day long. Society will eventually naturally balance itself out as these generations steady state into their newer slower lifestyle. All without government interference and a new crisis. The word “crisis” is overused and simply a political tool to increase taxes and spend more money. [backtopost]
Monday, June 17, 2013
Brothers Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi, M.D., through their non-profit The Children’s Obesity Fund, are concerned that while there are minor variances in the rate of obesity state-by-state in the United States, a recent Gallup report confirms that the overall national incidence of obesity is still 26.2 percent.
Beverly Hills, California (PRWEB) April 26, 2013
Overall throughout the United States, obesity rates remained steady in 2012 as compared to 2011, according to a study recently released by the Gallup-Healthways Organization and reported in numerous national news agencies. According to the data, Coloradans are the country’s least obese population while those living in West Virginia have the highest incidence of obesity. In addition to overall obesity rates, the rates of diabetes and high blood pressure were also examined and were essentially unchanged throughout the reporting period.
“Some might take comfort in the news that obesity rates remained the same, but I personally don’t think that just holding steady is good enough when we are already in crisis,” says Michael Omidi, M.D., a co-founder of Children’s Obesity Fund. “My concern is heightened by the major health concerns related to carrying excess weight. Diabetes and hypertension are serious conditions that can be debilitating in the short term and life threatening if allowed to persist.”
Although Delaware has reported a decrease in obesity rates between the years 2011 and 2012, three states, Georgia, New Jersey and North Carolina saw an increase in obesity. For the third year in a row, Colorado is the state with the lowest rate of obesity (the only one less than 20 percent) and West Virginia has the highest obesity rate at 33.5 percent. A full list of obesity rates within the 50 states is available on the Gallup.com website.
The national obesity rate remained steady at 26.2% in 2012, compared with 26.1% in 2011. This data was collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, and comes from more than 300,000 telephone surveys of American adults between January 1 and December 31, 2012.