Obese, that F word. It’s not news that the United States and others have an obesity problem. A recent study in the journal Pediatrics found “a positive linear trend for all definitions of overweight and obesity among children 2-19 years old.” In fact, 40% of 16-19-year-olds and 15% of 2-5-year-olds in the U.S. are obese, the study finds. This runs counter, they say, to other reports that claim obesity rates are stabilizing or declining. The researchers posit that wide-spread availability of nutritional crap (InsightCity’s words, not the researchers’) is outpacing any effects of heightened awareness from national campaigns such as those run by the NFL (Play 60), Michelle Obama (Let’s Move), and others. Medicine can’t be our only hope…can it?
Earth-shattering news has been released from the US Center for Disease Control, declaring that unvaccinated children account for most pediatric flu deaths. Wuuuuut? Yeah, we never would have believed it either, but it’s true. According to a recent CDC study that looked at flu related deaths of nearly 300 children, only 26% ended up being vaccinated with a flu shot. In the same group of children, about half had an underlying high-risk medical condition, yet even among those only 31% were vaccinated. The study’s author concluded that the flu vaccine is linked to a reduced risk of flu-related deaths among children. Good thing we finally know why we have been getting shots for all those years.