Recently, there was a big brouha over a report that obesity rates for very young children had taken a dip. Whoo-hoo. Less fat kids. Let’s celebrate. Even though the data also showed that the obesity rates for very young children tends to go up and down like a merry-go-round.
Well, those results apparently scared a group of researchers down in North Carolina. Seems they are afraid this could be the end of fat hatred aimed at kids. The horror.
There must be some way to fan the flames of childhood obesity panic? Right?
Sure there was. Instead of looking at 10 years of data, they chose 14 years of data, and, that data bolstered their agenda! Surprise, surprise.
Not that 14 years is an odd time period of anything? Makes me wonder what happens if you go out to 15 years.
Anyhow, this “new” data shows that the obesity rates for very young kids has not dropped! Instead it is flat. That’s right. Not up, not down. Um. Yippee?
So what’s the big deal?
The big deal is pretty clear in researcher Ashley Skinner’s remark, “I want this to remain a public health issue.”
I read that as, I don’t want my funding to dry up, and I’m not going to let numbers get in the way, whether or not those numbers mean anything in the first place.
As far as I’m concerned, the 10-year study says potato, the 14-year study group says po-tah-toe, and I say bullshit.