The Opposite of Childhood Obesity is not Anorexia

There’s an article over at the Frisky that sounds the alarms about weight loss apps for kids. For the record I 100% agree that giving an 8 year old instructions to count calories is a bad idea. However, the app in question is not just any weight loss app. It’s an app that’s designed to teach children ages 8 to 18 how to make better choices about their food and exercise. This is where I lose most people. I’ve heard the responses on Facebook already and they’re telling. Our responses to children’s health issues …

This is the Obesity Message We All Need to Hear

No, you are not healthy at every size. Yes, fat acceptance is dangerous. Daniel Callahan writes about the obese in The Hastings Center Report. When reading Obesity: Chasing an Elusive Epidemic you’ll find:  Only a carefully calibrated effort of public social pressure is likely to awaken them to the reality of their condition. They have been lulled into oblivious-ness about their problem because they look no different from many others around them. They need to be leaned upon, nudged, and—when politically feasible—helped by regulations to understand that they are potentially in …

Does it Matter What the Addiction is?

When people smoke they smell bad. First they smell like smoke and then they get a weird cough while their skin dries out. Their hair stops shining and their teeth turn yellow. We used to treat smoking as glamourous and finally we acknowledged that smoking is really unattractive, taxed the hell out of it and hardly anyone I know smokes. The smokers are dying off and not being replaced. When people drink too much they might be fun before they’re unruly but after a time they turn doughy, red in …

#Unashamed and Strong for Life

I’ve thought long and hard about how to write a post about the #ashamed hashtag you’ve seen a lot of in the last week or two. In the event that you haven’t seen the discussion surrounding ashamed, let me bring you up to speed. Earlier this year a Children’s Hospital in Georgia started a campaign revolving around childhood obesity. I’ve posted some of their videos here and here. In addition to incredibly powerful videos there are billboards that accompany them. The billboards and videos feature real life overweight children talking …

Saving Obese Children Surgically?

This Sunday’s New York Times has an article that took my breath away. It follows the journey of a teenage girl who opts for the lap band in order to cure her of morbid obesity. The story is heart wrenching in every way, from the sad fact that a teenage girl would weigh close to 300 pounds to the ultimate failure of the device and our medical system. Currently Allergan is trying to get the FDA to to allow it to market the Lap-Band to patients as young as 14. …