You’ve Got to Read It to Believe It

Swedish researchers have found that girls are more likely than boys to be obese.

By which I mean, one study found 6 percent of little girls and 2 percent of little boys from one part of Sweden to be obese.

What does Carl-Erik Flodmark, “considered one of Europe’s experts on childhood obesity,” have to say about this?

“One biological explanation could be that boys are more active, and when the calorie load increases, maybe girls are more affected.”

Mmkay. I have a strong feeling it’s a load of hooey that boys are more active than girls, but hey, that’s probably just the crazy kneejerk feminism talking. Maybe I should do a little research and see if girls are fatter than boys in other countries, which might suggest a pattern… oh, hey, I don’t even have to Google! It’s already in the article!

According to data compiled by the International Association for the Study of Obesity, IASO, the situation seems unique to Sweden.

The IASO has compiled surveys from all European Union countries, and typically the differences in the obesity rates for boys and girls are very small. In countries that have large gender discrepancies among children — such as Greece and Estonia — it is the boys who have higher rates of being overweight.

Cherry on top?

And among adults across Europe, women generally are fitter than men.

So wait, what was the headline again?

Study: Young girls more likely to be fat

Of course.

Fortunately, the good Dr. Flodmark and other researchers are on top of this travesty — that fully 4 percent more growing Swedish girls than growing Swedish boys are “obese” — and aware of how critically important it is to stop it.

Both [another researcher] and Flodmark said it is crucial to help girls who are obese because they suffer more under the pressure of modern beauty ideals.

“It doesn’t matter as much for boys if they are obese,” Flodmark said.

It. doesn’t. matter. as. much. for. boys. if. they. are. obese.

For the second time today, all I can think is, I can’t fucking believe they said it out loud.

11 thoughts on “You’ve Got to Read It to Believe It

  1. Both [another researcher] and Flodmark said it is crucial to help girls who are obese because they suffer more under the pressure of modern beauty ideals.

    “It doesn’t matter as much for boys if they are obese,” Flodmark said.

    This is comedy gold, right here.

  2. That is ridiculus, as a doctor its the health that should be of more importance, unless its a doctor of phycology.

    females are supposed to have more fat(since you women carry the offspring.
    For peak athletic performance and agility(spider man level gymnastics skills) while a man can pull of 4% body fat a woman cant go below 8% without risking health risks.
    Bottom line its a problem with children in the developed world period.

  3. It doesn’t matter as much for what? Getting laid? Getting a job? Having researchers say dumbshit about you to the media? Surely he doesn’t mean it’s not as important to their health, since the fattest women outlive “ideal weight” men.

  4. Meowzer, I think that would be all of the above.

    That seems to be the perception anyway, though a lot of recent conversations with fat guys have changed my mind about the reality.

    Which just means these doctors aren’t in touch with ANYONE’S actual reality and best interests. *headshake*

  5. Of course it’s women who need to change to fit into unnatural models of beauty, not the models of beauty that need to change.

  6. Flodmark should have 20 women who are bigger than a single-digit-size — U.S., baby, none of this namby-pamby European B.S. — edge right up to him after a statement like that and yell:
    “WHY?????”

    Flodmark? Yah. Flod left his mark right on your face.

  7. I do think, though, that there may be something in the study to the fact that girls are less active. In countries like the U.S. where we’re socialized to be, so we don’t get our dainty little dresses dirty.

    We’re not even supposed to sweat while we work out, because it isn’t ladylike — although we’re supposed to work out to be thin. No playing in the dirt for fun, though, when you’re 8, even though it’s a healthy habit to establish and easier when you’re young.

    Cognitive dissonance much?

  8. “It. doesn’t. matter. as. much. for. boys. if. they. are. obese.”

    Forgive me for being late to this party, but I was an obese boy, and it was a fucking nightmare. My heart goes out to all those girls that do have it worse. But I’m not especially thankful that I was only in the second circle of hell.

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