Your child may be obese and you may not know it

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  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    July 31, 2014 1:04 p.m.

    @jeff - I agree BMI is old technology but to completely disregard it is dangerous. Let's face it, the more fat you carry the worse off you are. If my kid is lifting a ton of weight and is off on the BMI because of it I won't worry. If my kid is overweight and BMI says so then I'm negligent for ignoring or justifying it.

  • jeff lindholm New York, NY
    July 31, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    It is dismaying to see the Body Mass Index being used to give medical advice - to children or adults. This is nineteenth century medicine being practiced in the twenty first century. Boys have significantly higher BMIs than girls of the same age and height, older children have higher BMIs than younger ones of the same height, children with broad frames will have BMIs significantly higher than their small-frames peers regardless of level of obesity, etc. Judging a child's obesity by his or her BMI is meaningless and often cruel.
    Children grow at uneven rates, with occasional growth spurts and occasional flat periods, rendering the results of the BMI meaningless.

    There are three free online estimates of ideal weight that are superior. The waist to hips ratio and the waist to height ratio each give more useful information than does the BMI, and gives a comprehensive, scientific analysis of weight and fitness. I recommend for best overall advice.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    July 31, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    My own weight loss experience started when I quit thinking that the BMI was wrong and outdated. Why in the world should I not weigh what is in the healthy BMI range? Once I figured this out I've lost 50 lbs with another 20 to go to hit my range. When parents ignore their own problems the children will fall in line and gain weight as well. It's time we quit this and get healthy.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    July 31, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    To "Jamescmeyer" what efforts has the government made for healthy eating through legislation?

    If you are talking about school lunches, they are not healthy now, and they have not been healthy for decades. When congress has to declare pizza sauce a vegetable that only shows how incompetent they are.

    If the government really was concerned with healthy eating why not start with something they already control with a group that is overweight. The poor that are on food stamps and other government nutrition programs have higher obesity rates than the rest of the population. Why not start there? Limit food stamps to only healthy food items. Prevent food stamps from being applied to chips, soda, packaged meals, junk food, and everything else that is known for being unhealthy.

    This will also save the government money because they could cut the amount of money given per month for food stamps.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    July 31, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    Hold on a second, now. Conservatives and Republicans haven't attacked efforts to encourage healthy eating (which does not require kale shakes); they attack efforts to force healthy eating by legistlation. As for here:
    (really, she's just very strong and muscular)
    ... Okay.

    I share your concerns about rising costs of socialized healthcare and decreased average labor capacity. That's why the GOP has been trying to encourage opportunities for people to go out and do things, rather than collect other peoples' money.

    Normally when the topic of weight is brought up, concerns are raised about improper body image and social pressures to meet unrealistic standards of figure. These are valid concerns, and they're by far not even exclusive to girls, but the opposite extreme does exist.

  • srw Riverton, UT
    July 31, 2014 9:21 a.m.

    "The Centers for Disease Control define overweight as having a Body Mass Index, which is a number based on an individual's height and weight, between the 85th and 95th percentile for the individual's age and sex, and obesity as having a BMI at the 95th percentile or above."

    With these definitions, we would expect to find 10% of the children overweight and 5% of them obese. So how is it possible for over a third of the children to be overweight?

    It is important to note that (according to an article on the CDC web site) the data used to construct the standard growth charts were collected in 1963-1994.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    July 31, 2014 7:05 a.m.

    Frustratingly, Mrs. Obama has been promoting healthy eating and exercise among America's youth for years, only to have conservatives (e.g., Rush) attack her personally for being "large" (really, she's just very strong and muscular) and for the GOP to attack healthy food programs in schools. I read that even Sarah Palin has passed out cookies at events for kids as a symbol of their "freedom" to choose what they want to eat. "Freedom" trumps health for conservatives.

    Unhealthy kids don't bode well for America's future. It will add to ObamaCare costs and make the nation less competitive in terms of our military and work force.

    Sadly, because kids' healthy eating and fitness are associated with Mrs. Obama, the GOP will continue to oppose it.