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Magic Bullets | TheDaddyBlogger.comI was pondering how the terrible twos are a myth and it is really the terrible threes, when I read the article Study suggests tie between BPA and child obesity on (but from the AP).

In a world of article scanners (as opposed to reading), I am concerned that the article will be misinterpreted. The Journal of the American Medical Association found that BPA has a possible correlation to obesity — but there is no explanation for it and whether or not it is a cause. They DO NOT say that BPA causes obesity. I fear the main takeaway will be that if I stop using products with BPA, then my child won’t be fat. Done and done.

Whew! That’s good, because I was worried that education, a sensible diet, and exercise would be needed.

I don’t fault the Journal of the American Medical Association or the media outlets for picking it up. If you are a parent, then you have most likely come across BPA and want to know as much about it as you can. My concern is that it will fall into the grand telephone game that is communication and the enduring message will be the one that JAMA tries not to make.

We have to be honest with ourselves. We are fat people getting fatter and we are killing our kids. Our diets are so poor that weight loss pills are seen as a magic bullet. Do we really think our children will fare better than us when the best education comes from example and our example involves a lethal mix of calories and fat?

And this isn’t just about weight. Thin does not equal healthy just like overweight doesn’t equal unhealthy. It is about making healthy choices. It doesn’t mean a life of restriction — just one based on balance. I find maintaining a weight far more difficult than losing or gaining, but I also find that all the small changes we have made in our diet have made it much easier.

The Mayo Clinic does a quick overview of over the counter weight-loss pill effectiveness. They even cover prescription weight-loss pills, ear stapling for weight loss, apple cider vinegar for weight loss, and a host of other mythical magic bullets.

I think they sum it up best:

The reality is that there’s no magic bullet for losing weight. The most effective way to lose weight and keep it off is through lifestyle changes: Eat healthy, low-calorie foods, watch portion sizes and be physically active. It’s not magic, but it works. – Mayo Clinic

I am shocked.

If you have a subscription, the full study can be found at the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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