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Sly children fool exercise study

Posted by Colin Rose on July 13, 2009

Like alcoholics, junk food addicts will lie to conceal their addiction. All studies of obesity that rely on self-reporting of calorie intake or expenditure are useless.

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From the BBC

Children taking part in a study to measure how much exercise they do fooled researchers by attaching their pedometers to their pet dogs.
About 200 children in east London were given pedometers to automatically count how many steps they walked and ran.


Mile End Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine was surprised by the activity levels recorded in some obese children.
Professor Nicola Maffulli said: “Then we realised they were attaching the pedometers to their dogs’ collars.”
‘Extremely active’
The pilot study in Whitechapel required 11 and 12-year-olds to clip a pedometer to their waists, with researchers at the centre collecting the readings by satellite.
“But after a week we found there were some kids who were extremely active but still obese,” said Professor Maffulli.
It was “not unheard of” for participants in previous studies to manipulate the readings of pedometers, he added.
Once adjusted to take into account the help from pets, the study indicated that boys in the borough walk or run 12,620 steps a day, below the recommended level of 15,000 steps.
It also found that girls take 10,150 steps, falling short of the recommended 12,000 steps.
It indicated that more than a third of 11 and 12-year-olds in the borough of Tower Hamlets are overweight or obese – 11% higher than the national average.
Researchers plan to extend the study to include more children in the borough.

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Obese people have obese pets

Posted by Colin Rose on November 18, 2008

The apologists for the obese say that obesity is, like homosexuality, genetic, there is a “set point” for weight, there is no point in trying to change behavior, everyone should be happy at whatever weight they have, etc.

Then how do they explain the obesity pandemic in pets which has tracked the pandemic in humans? Pets get most of their food from humans. Cats never got obese chasing and gnawing on birds, mice and rats or eating low fat, low sugar cat food. Recently many have been fed the same junk as their obese owners. Tinks was a stray cat that was fed by a variety of people in four different neighborhoods. Two-thirds of the UK population is overweight or obese.

So we conclude that both the human and the pet pandemics of obesity are caused by the same thing, a pandemic of junk food addiction.

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From the Globe and Mail, Nov 18, 2008

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