Earthshaking News or Common Sense?

FRIDAY 9-12-08…I don’t know why it’s taken all these years for the American Academy of Pediatrics to start parroting what I’ve been saying and writing about for the past ten or fifteen years. The Academy seems to think it has finally stumbled onto something unique and newsworthy.

Here is the bombshell…the earthshaking news; maybe you’d better sit down and hang onto your chair. Here it is: “Children who regularly exercise and limit their time in front of the TV and computer are much less likely to be overweight than their peers.” 

Now, here’s the big question. What did it take for the Academy of Pediatrics to finally arrive at this common sense conclusion? A study! That’s right, a study!

According to Reuters News Service, researchers at Iowa State University looked at whether there were weight differences between children who met or did NOT meet recommendations for TV and computer “screen time” and exercise. Here’s what they found: Among 709 seven to twelve year olds, those who did NOT meet either recommendations were three to four times more likely to be overweight than their peers who met “screen time to exercise” guidelines.

Surprise, surprise, surprise!

Now the big question is, how much money did this study cost, and how long did it take? Unfortunately, that information has been omitted from the study’s results, published in the August issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.

Dr. Kelly Laurson was the lead researcher for the study, and she says–and I quote–” Both physical activity and screen time are important factors in childhood overweight.”

No kidding? And it took a “study”….and God knows how many tax dollars to come to that common sense conclusion?


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