Time Magazine's Alexandra Sifferin has an article up at the moment highlighting a new formula for predicting obesity, starting with infants and trying to determine which ones are at the highest risk of ending up deathfat obese. Anything that purports to be quick and easy makes me go "You lazy bastards." And I'm not wrong to think so.Chubby baby is chubby. Got a problem with that?
There are a couple of things funny with this new formula and the researcher's thinking right off the bat. First of all, it's sexist. The formula *only* looks at the mother's employment and/or work habits because hey, it's still the 1950's and only women make the meals for the family. No? No. Hell no. Whether or not mommy is home every night to make fresh-from-scratch home cooking isn't nearly as important as the genetic factor when it comes to being fat. But you can't control a person's genetics or analyze them easily, so the study goes for low-hanging fruit like the cooking thing, whether or not mom smoked during pregnancy, the parent's BMIs (at least that's something), number of people in the household and the baby's birth weight.
I was going to try and really dig deeper into this article but my brain fell out due to baby-induced exhaustion, so instead I bring you my convo with Fat Fox about it:
My sister sent me an article that purports to have found a new, easy to use forumla, for predicting obesity in babies.
It uses 5 factors; parent's bmi, whether or not mom smoked during pregnancy, whether or not the mom works/how much she works (I'm not sure which), number of people in the house, and the baby's actual birth weight. Yeah. Also, Kat fussed ALL DAY.
No kidding. You can't control the obesity genetics...oh wait, yes you can! Just make sure fat people don't breed! 70% of the problems with obesity will disappear (along with 70% of the fat people).
well, there are some skinny people who have fat kids - what do we do then?corporal punishment for the parents and death to the kid
zomg no. Well we should also kill the poor too, since you know, statistically they have a higher probability of being fat
Dude. we are genius world problem solvers! So is the blog post a bunch of random letters from you banging your head on the keyboard?