Can't Blame Technology For Fat Kids
from the so-what-is-it-then...? dept
There have been so many stories lately about childhood obesity, where it's simply assumed that the cause of the problem is that kids are sitting in front of screens (TV and computers) rather than going out and chasing a ball or something. In fact, there seems to be a whole industry growing up around this theory. However, what if the initial assumption is wrong? That seems to be the thesis of some new research, saying that there's no clear link between childhood obesity and increased technology usage. The details of this claim are in a new book, The Obesity Epidemic: Science, Morality And Ideology which looks over 250 studies on the matter, and says there's no real link. Of course, it's unclear from the article if they have any research of their own to show what is causing the problem -- which would be a lot more convincing than just ripping apart all the other studies. All the article gives is an anecdotal story about one of the researchers' nieces and nephews -- which doesn't seem all that scientific or, for that matter, convincing.