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Is Your Daughter’s Wish To Be Thinner?

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What Do You Do When Your 10-Year-Old Girl Says She’s Fat?

According to MissRepresentation, 80% of 10-year-old girls say they have been on a diet, and “the number one magic wish for girls 11-17 is to be thinner.” Now, personally, I’m pretty sure I didn’t figure out that I was fat and unlovable until I was around 15. And then I didn’t figure out that all of that was complete bullshit until I was 25. That was ten years of disappointment, dieting, crushing loneliness, and the gloomy certainty that I’d be alone forever (to be fair, it was also fun times, travel, hilarious friends, a great education, gin & tonics, and unfettered focus on making my life awesome). But today’s girls get 15 years of that shit, to my ten—presuming they clamber out of the pit by 25, if they manage to do it at all. NO THANKS. This is clearly an emergency.

I know one of these girls. She lives in my house. My 10-year-old stepdaughter (her dad and I aren’t married, but you know what I mean, Archbishop of Pedantrybury) recently announced that the entire family would be required to “work out” together every morning. She made little workout checklists for herself and her 8-year-old sister, with a specificity that would be hilarious if it wasn’t so troubling (“do 36 push-ups,” “jog for 17 minutes”). I notice her grasping for little excuses not to eat. She casually mentions that certain relatives and classmates have called her fat. She claims she just “likes” turkey bacon better than regular bacon (BLATANT LIE). Even kids (especially kids, maybe) know that the best way to insult a woman is to call her fat. They know that thin > fat, even if they don’t really understand what that means. So her stupid 14-year-old cousin knows that the best way to needle my 10-year-old beanpole stepkid is to call her fat. And he does. Stupid cousin.

Now, this could all be coming from a totally healthy impulse—she’s also terrifically athletic and currently obsessed with martial arts and acquiring a machete (her “Weapons to Get” list is twice as long as the workout list)—but it sure doesn’t feel like that.

Drastic Weight Loss Measures Endanger the Young

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As a friend on Facebook said – I think people have SERIOUSLY lost their minds.

Young, obese and getting weight loss surgery

Though Shani Gofman had been teased for being fat since the fourth grade, she had learned to deal with it.

She was a B student and in the drama club at school. She had good friends and a boyfriend she had met through Facebook. She even showed off her curves in spandex leggings and snug shirts.

When her pediatrician, Dr. Senya Vayner, first mentioned weight-loss surgery, Ms. Gofman was 17, still living with her parents in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, her bedroom decorated with glow-in-the-dark stars because she was afraid of the dark.

There was no question, at 5-foot-1 and more than 250 pounds, she was overweight.

But she resisted, saying she could diet.

“I’ll lose weight,” Ms. Gofman assured her doctor.

Dr. Vayner said, prophetically, “It’s not your fault, but you’re not going to be able to do it.

Along with the obesity epidemic in America has come an explosion in weight-loss surgery, with about 220,000 operations a year — a sevenfold leap in a decade, according to industry figures — costing more than $6 billion a year. And the newest frontier is young patients like Ms. Gofman, who allowed The New York Times to follow her for a year as she had the operation and then embarked on a quest to lose weight, navigating challenges to her morale, her self-image and her relationships with family members and friends.

Late training can mean missed opportunities for Tweens

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This article is really in line with why I am so thrilled that both my kids have started CrossFit Kids this past year. I want them to have the best foundation possible rooted in health and fitness.  My heart  skips a beat when I am watching them learn to lift properly…

 

Tweens need to lift weights, says top coach

Most kids begin training too late and miss their potential

Mather says Olympic lifting has been incorrectly accused of being dangerous, especially for kids.

It is a controlled activity and technique is vital, and that’s why he believes kids as young as nine should be working on the mechanics of lifting.

“We don’t do it with the huge weights; we start them out with broomsticks and teach them pat-terns and movements and work on maintaining their flexibility.”

He says that by the age of 12, most youth have lost much of their flexibility due to inactivity.

“Almost everybody that comes and starts here to do some training, for whatever sport, they start noticing differences within three or four weeks in performance of their own activity.”

Teens should be banned from tanning booths, doctors say

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CNN) — When Samantha Hessel heard about the risks associated with tanning beds, she ignored them. When her mom cautioned her not to tan so much, Hessel shrugged it off.

Her friends and peers were doing the same thing. What was the harm of lying in a tanning bed three to four times a week?

It’s an activity the nation’s pediatricians say is dangerous. Laws should ban minors from going to tanning parlors, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced Monday. This echoes positions of the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Dermatology.

via Teens should be banned from tanning booths, doctors say – CNN.com.

Teens Experiencing Facebook Fatigue

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Teens Experiencing Facebook Fatigue [STUDY].

Online gaming site Roiworld surveyed 600 teens ages 13 to 17 in late April and found that teens spend two hours per day online on average, 80% of which is spent using a social network. These same teens are, however, showing signs of “Facebook Fatigue.” Nearly one in five (19%) who have an account no longer visit Facebook or are using it less.

Of the group that are saying goodbye to Facebook (Facebook), 45% have lost interest, 16% are leaving because their parents are there, 14% say there are “too many adults/older people” and 13% are concerned about the privacy of their personal information.

While interest in Facebook may be waning, it’s still the most popular social network among teens — 78% have created a profile and 69% still use it. YouTube (YouTube) ranks second; 64% of teens claim to have a YouTube profile and continue to use the site. MySpace (MySpace) comes in a distant third (41%) and Twitter (Twitter) takes the fourth spot (20%).

Notable News

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In the end, it is all about our behavior and the choices we make. When we are armed with the right information, we can make powerful changes in our biology. We don’t have to be slaves to it. For food, so much of the issue is about quality, not quantity. Most people don’t appreciate the effect food really has on our body. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Small behavior changes and better choices can lay a foundation for long-term behavior change and bigger changes. The changes may not be immediate, but good health doesn’t come from popping a pill or one hard workout. Good health is a process and takes time and effort.

via A Philosophy of Strength and Health: Food & Health: It Doesn’t Have to Be So Complicated.

Let’ me repeat one sentence from above: Good health is a process and takes time and effort. It’s a journey not a sprint that we are talking about. I always think about how great it will be that I am more in tune with my body and can feel how it feels depending on the quality and type of food I eat. I read a lot about people eating the Paleo diet which I believe is very much like the Zone Diet and how once they get on the program, they can tell immediately when they go off of it.

We’ve made exercise feel like a chore to most people, not like a gift we give ourselves.”

Instead, she suggested borrowing the motivational approach used by commercial marketers, “an emotional hook that creates positive, meaningful expectations of how exercise can enhance people’s lives, a way to feel better.”

via Personal Health – To Keep Moving, Look Beyond the Physical – NYTimes.com.

I often have said that I think one of the reasons why I have continued on my healthy and fit journey is because it’s fun to me. I have met amazing friends who have become like family to me and also because I found something that I connected with. The bootcamp style of fitness really suited me whereas someone else may be more into running or swimming.  I agree that lecturing people about the dangers of not exercising and health implications doesn’t really motivate people. We all are guilty of the not-me thinking…Oh I won’t fall one day and break my hip, or I won’t have a heart attack if I continue on the path of obesity…you get the idea I am going for… You have to find your thing – the thing that will make it feel like fun or give you that rush. That is truly what it is for me — finding the right program, clicking with the people, and my workouts give me a rush – knowing that I lifted that much weight or am that sore — thrills me.

But new research suggests that interventions aimed at school-aged children may be, if not too little, too late.

Like children and teenagers, babies and toddlers have been getting fatter. One in 10 children under age 2 are overweight. The percentage of children ages 2 to 5 who are obese increased to 12.4 percent in 2006 from 5 percent in 1980. Yet most prevention programs have shied away from intervening at very young ages, partly because the school system offers an efficient way to reach large numbers of children, and partly because the rate of obese teenagers is even higher than that of younger children — 18 percent.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which helped finance Dr. Taveras’s study, is spending $500 million over 14 years to fight childhood obesity, but only in children 3 and up. And a multimillion-dollar National Institutes of Health childhood obesity project that is giving out $8 million over eight years explicitly excludes pregnant women and infants under 1.

via Evidence Suggests Obesity Prevention Should Start Very Early – NYTimes.com.

I am not sure what else I need to add in here with this article – We as a country are getting fatter The fact that the rate of obese teenagers is even higher than that of younger children — 18 percent – is scary but that shouldn’t mean that you don’t address the obesity issue in younger children. If studies are showing that we need to get in there and get involved earlier, then that is what we should do. Not as easy as it sounds I know, but if we start the discussion now, we can act that much faster.

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