Health: Children and Obesity – Who’s Telling the Truth?

“I would hate for people to think that all of a sudden we have stopped the adult and childhood obesity epidemic, because we most certainly haven’t.”

healthy mealI hope all the moms reading this had a truly wonderful Mother’s Day!  As a mother of three, seeing the state of our children’s health is alarming and very upsetting. I’ve read that some experts believe this is the first generation that will not live as long as their parents! The condition of our food supply is certainly a factor. However, in my opinion, parents have a great opportunity to start their children off with healthy habits by providing them with healthier options and setting the right example.

Well this article talks about several major media outlets that reported that childhood obesity had dropped by about 40% among young children.

However another pediatrician conducted another study using the same data as the government study. However, his findings were completely different as you will see in the article. Simply by beginning the study in 1999 rather than 2003 changed the outcome dramatically. So who is really telling the truth? I’d hate to think there is a hidden agenda here but it certainly seems that way, don’t you think?

My point in sharing this is two-fold. First, obesity is still definitely a problem for both adults and children. Second, whenever we see results of studies we have to realize that data can be interpreted to support the outcome of the researchers for many reasons. It is important to go further and see who funded the study and what they potentially could gain from a particular result.

What are your thoughts on this?

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5 Responses to Health: Children and Obesity – Who’s Telling the Truth?

  1. I agree wholeheartedly, Ann! It behooves us to dig deeper when we read the results of studies, as numbers can be packaged in a way to support a specific end. Your examples bring this to life! As always, excellent article and insights! Blessings and gratitude, Caroline

  2. debwilson2 says:

    “Whenever we see results of studies we have to realize that data can be interpreted to support the outcome of the researchers for many reasons.” Frances Shaeffer warned about how people can spin news items and other “facts” to lead the audience to the wrong conclusion. We want to trust what you read, but we need to be shrewd. Thanks for a great article, Ann.

    • amusico says:

      Thank you Deb – I always think of it the way the scripture says in Matthew 10:16 – be as shrewd as snakes but as innocent as doves. I always want to think the best of everyone – including the people who put these studies out – but we have to use wisdom and discernment to separate truth from lies, unfortunately.

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