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ANARIE Posts: 13,200
8/20/13 11:56 P

I think BunnyKicks hit the nail on the head. People want to blame the high fructose corn syrup or the plastic bottle it's sold in, but the fact is that the size and frequency of the drinks has increased exponentially. In the 60s and 70s, the soda pop was made with cane sugar and sold in glass bottles... And a child might get ONE of those glass bottles of cane sugar in a week, IF their parents were very indulgent. Now you see parents giving six-year-olds a 36-oz soda twice a day!

I live in a place that should have a high child obesity rate according to everything "they" say. It's a food desert (and a literal desert); families here live 80 to 126 miles away from the nearest supermarket. Fresh fruit and veggies are a luxury. It's hard to even get frozen foods home across the desert in good condition most of the year. People eat canned and bottled foods and LOTS of starches. The school district is so small and isolated that they know they'll never get a surprise inspection, so they ignore the state laws about "foods of minimal nutritional value" and go ahead and let the kids bring cupcakes for birthdays, they have ice cream socials when someone in the community borrows a refrigerated truck, they do pizza parties as rewards, etc. Kids can't play outside much because of the heat, and they can't play outside unsupervised at all because there are animal here that could eat them.

I was recently at an event that included every child in the community school district. And you know what? There was not ONE overweight child. Even though these children are exposed to more of everything "they" say is making kids fat, they don't have access to soda or fast food. I think those two things alone make most of the difference.

The "obesity epidemic" is no mystery. Americans today eat an average of more than 300 calories a day more than Americans in the 1970s. And the extra calories come from EVERY category of food. Most of the increase is in fats, not in sugar, but we even eat more fruits and veggies. In fact, the real mystery is why we're not even fatter. The increase in calories should have made more of a difference in the average weight.

The quality of food may have some small influence on why people choose to eat more, and the fact that we also sleep far less than we did 40 years ago probably has a huge effect on that choice, but the increase in obesity is entirely explained by the increase in how much we eat. Argue about why we eat too much, but the fact that we eat too much is just that-- a fact.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,487
8/20/13 8:34 P

there are so many toxic things in our food that plastic is just one of a long list.
I'm afraid of all the frozen processed foods we microwave in the plastic containers thinking it's safe. And a doctor friend who works with alternative medicine tells me they can see they result of ingesting plastic at a cellular level. Relying on the FDA and the USDA to control and monitor the food industry is like trying to overcome a tidal wave with a bucket.

CHIBI_TOTORO SparkPoints: (147)
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8/20/13 6:12 P

Key thing, any time you hear "they say" it's always a good job to check it out.

I did a search of pubmed, and there is nothing published by medical journals or research journals to support the idea that plastics have anything to do with obesity, childhood or not.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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8/20/13 1:12 P

Who are "They"?

I think the causes of obesity epidemic in children is the same as for adults. An increasingly sedentary lifestyle and the consumption of empty calories which leads to overeating.

Have you ever seen the foods marketed toward children? Lucky Charms, "fruit" snacks, yogurt with the same amount of sugar as ice cream, chocolate covered granola bars, fiber-less crackers shaped as fish, pudding snacks, chocolate chip studded fiber-free frozen waffles.... Glorified candy.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/20/2013 (13:17)
BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
8/20/13 12:59 P

Probably has more to do with the ever-present bottle of juice/bottle of milk... the contents of the bottle and the frequency with which it's offered - not the composition of the bottle itself.

Yeah, I know there are lots of valid concerns with plastic... but I don't think it's the smoking gun explaining why our kids are becoming overweight.

8/20/13 12:44 P

I am quite skeptical of this. Sure kids these days come in contact with more plastics but correlation does not equal causation. I ran around a lot as a kid, my parents cooked dinner at home every night that included fresh vegetables. I didn't play videos games or watch much tv because we didn't have cable.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
8/20/13 12:31 P

They are saying that some of the plastics that are used in baby bottles and pacifiers along with so many other things used by kids are helping to blog certain cells and are causing obesity in kids.
They said that you should look for the recycling numbers 3, 6, 7, at the bottom of the containers. That might be one reason why children are facing such high numbers on the scale but I think that a lot has to do with inactive children also.
When I was a child we played outside till the street lights went on and then you knew it was time to go home, you burned calories by playing all day , riding your bikes, playing tag or just running around for the heck of it.
You don't see kids outside playing anymore it's very rare, then again our streets aren't as safe as they use to be either, then with the invention of these video games and little kids having cell phones.
There are kids in my neighborhood they are like 6 yrs old and they have a cell phone instead of playing they are talking on the phone or they bring out their ipads and are watching shows or whatever.
So yes plastic could cause some of it but inactive kids, parents who just don't care what they put into their bodies could be another....

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