Childhood Obesity Screening is Pointless–says Reuters!

I am in love with Amy Norton right now.

Here’s the very first sentence of her Reuters article, “Obesity Screening for schoolchildren questioned“:

Though routinely weighing schoolchildren may seem like a good way to fight childhood obesity, there’s no evidence that it actually works, according to British researchers.

Except for the part where I don’t even understand why it would seem like a good idea, the words “there’s no evidence that it actually works” make my heart go pitter-patter.

But wait, it gets even better:

Indeed, even experts aren’t sure which strategies are widely effective for childhood obesity — and without proven treatments, mass screening makes little sense, according to the report, which is published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.

“The main problem with screening to identify individual children with weight problems — as opposed to monitoring overweight and obesity in the general population — is that we are not able to offer interventions of proven effectiveness,” lead study author Dr. Marie Westwood of the University of York told Reuters Health.

Emphasis mine. But all those words were in a gen-yoo-wine wire article! In that order! Which is so exciting, I can overlook the implication that they are able to offer “interventions of proven effectiveness” to the “general population.” Baby steps.

And the cherry on top?

Schools might be able to combat childhood obesity in other ways, such as promoting healthy eating and exercise, Westwood noted, although these tactics also lack proof of their effectiveness.

Aaaaand, my heart swells and goes blammo!

In a good way.

2 thoughts on “Childhood Obesity Screening is Pointless–says Reuters!

  1. Amazing. And did I miss it — where was the obligatory reference to calories in/calories out?

    But seriously it was hard enough growing up fat before the obesity epidemic. I just am in shock and awe imagining what fat kids must be going through now. Even as an adult – savvy about cultural oppression, and with Foucault and Butler floating around in my memory bank — this shitstorm is still making me completely crazy. How are the fat little kids processing all this?

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