Fat kids have fewer cavities and healthier teeth than their thinner peers. Doctors don't understand how this can be happening, because "everyone knows" that fat kids are stuffing themselves with candy and all kinds of sugary snacks all the time (and of course, no thin kids do anything like that).
Children ages 6-18 who were considered overweight or at risk for becoming overweight showed a decreased risk of tooth decay compared to their normal-weight peers.
So what explanation are they grabbing at to explain this paradox?
"Our findings raise more questions than answers," Kopycka-Kedzierawski said. "For example, are overweight children eating foods higher in fat rather than cavity-causing sugars? Are their diets similar to normal weight peers but [perhaps they] lead more sedentary lifestyles? Research to analyze both diet and lifestyle is needed to better understand the results."
Hey, doctors, could it possibly be that fat kids are genetically predisposed to having better teeth, just like they're genetically predisposed to being fat, despite what they eat and how much they do/don't exercise? Could it possibly be that thinner kids are genetically predisposed to having bad teeth, just like they're genetically predisposed to be thin? Or, could it be that this is just another one of those things that you're going to have to scratch your heads over and never know the answer to, just like all the other obesity paradoxes out there. Not everything can be scientifically explained because no one has all the knowledge there is, and there is still so much that isn't known about how our bodies really work. You have a few glimmerings of comprehension, but the more you learn, you find out just how little you really know (at least, if you're smart you realize that).
Maybe it's because the parents of fat kids make them brush and floss more often than the parents of thin kids. Maybe the fat kids drink more fluoridated water (from the tap) and thin kids drink non-fluoridated bottled water (I don't know, is bottled water fluoridated?).
Are you so puzzled by this because it gives you one less reason to bully fat kids into losing weight? OMG, TEH FAT KIDZ aren't going to end up toothless before they die of TEHFATZ!!!
I see this as one more thing that shows being fat is not a bad thing. So let's see now....fat kids have fewer cavities, fat older adults are more likely to survive catastrophic illnesses, fat and fit adults are likely to live longer than their underweight/thinner and sedentary peers, and even the very fat don't die any sooner than so-called "normal" weight people. These things just have to be mortally chapping your asses, since you're all so invested in pushing the OMG OBESITY EPI-PANIC that is supposedly killing all us fatties at younger and younger ages (chaps your ass that we aren't dying off fast enough to keep from breeding more of us, isn't it?).
These supposed paradoxes, if they ever get to be wide-spread and well-known, are going to cut into your profit margins, big time, aren't they? If people ever figure out, like those of us in the FAM have, that diets/drugs/surgeries to get thin aren't necessary in order to live a satisfactory, fulfilling, happy life, y'all are going to be seriously out of business (and it can't happen too damned fucking soon for me).
Thanks to Rachel and her hubby for the link to the article : )