Another study about obesity (really people, I can hardly stand my google alerts anymore, it’s so wearying.) Anyway, this one said :
Now, I read the synopsis, not the original article, but it follows a bunch of kids and finds, not surprisingly that the peak in overweight and obesity is 7-11, that coincides with the pre-pubertal growth spurt for many kids which most often begins with a weight gain, before height. I did not see that they followed how many of those children eventually fell back within the “normal” range or not. Now, that would have been interesting. (This makes me think of one picture of my brother in seventh grade, a little round, cherubic face, freckles, innocence. Three years later, tall and lanky like his Dad. I am thankful he never had the dieting demons foisted on him.)
I hear from so many readers and friends, that their first diet was in this age range, when they got a little round, or hips for the first time. They tell me they look back at photos of themselves, on the soccer team, and see no difference between themselves or their peers, maybe a few pounds… Concern from parents and health care professionals started that first diet, and they they relate (studies support this experience) feeling “huge” and embarrassed and dropping out of soccer or swimming, and beginning a decades-long cycle of dieting and weight gain.
It is normal for kids to experience weight gain around puberty. Some will slim down, others won’t so much. If they are fed well, loved, nurtured, given opportunity for fun and joyful movement they are more likely to be healthy and happy.
What do you think, science friends? Is this study telling us anything, other than just another headline to add to the hysteria? Did anyone read the full study?