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
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.