Saturday, May 9, 2009

Fat kids more likely to suffer lower body injuries

Okay, now this is just too fucking much, people. All these researchers sit around and bitch that our kids are fat, lazy couch potatoes who do nothing but stuff their faces with junk food. But get this:
The study analyzed the weight and injuries of kids who visited a children's hospital's emergency department over a three-year period. Sprains, such as to the ankle or leg, were the most common lower body injuries, and sent more than 23,000 children to the emergency department at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center between 2005 and early 2008.

Now, I don't know about y'all, but I've never seen a kid who got a sprained ankle, or a broken bone, by sitting on hir ass all day on the couch, in front of the TV/computer/video games. So, which is it, asshats? Fat kids are couch potatoes, or they're out doing these things that cause them to have sprains and broken bones in their legs? Personally, I was a fat kid, and I sprained my shoulder giving my brother (2 years younger than me) a piggy-back ride, I fell out of a treehouse when I was 6, I sprained my ankle that same summer (when I was 6) when I jumped out of a swing, and I got scrapes and bruises when I fell off a pile of wooden apple crates. I don't know how many times I wrecked my bike as a kid and ended up with scrapes, bruises, and sprains.
Pomerantz noted that obesity is likely to also lengthen a child's recovery time from an injury, as the added weight and stress to the body can cause more damage.

Um, no, that's not always the case. In fact (yes, I know, anecdotal, but this is probably true for more fat kids than these assholes think), when I broke my ankle the day before school started (in 8th grade, and I walked from the rink to the car on that broken ankle and didn't get taken to the ER until the next day for x-rays, Mom didn't believe me when I told her I broke it until she saw how swelled it was the next day), I got a walking cast two weeks after the first cast was put on. I walked from our junior high to the doctor's office 3 blocks away for my appointments, and I walked around the school all day long, up and down stairs, carrying all my books. The cast came off after 8 weeks, and I was back at the roller rink, skating 3 to 4 hours at a time, 3 to 4 times a week.
Hell, I slipped on the ice getting out of a car and broke my other ankle when I was a sophomore in high school. It was broken so badly that they thought they were going to have to put pins in it (they couldn't because there was an open wound where I had scraped my ankle on some gravel in the ice). They ended up letting it heal, saying they would have to see how well it healed before deciding to pin or not to pin. It healed well enough that I had a walking cast 3 weeks after breaking it, and the cast came off for good in 9 weeks. There again, I was back rollerskating as soon as the cast came off. And they ended up not pinning it, it healed well enough on its own.
Exercise and diet, she said, remain the best ways to combat the growing obesity epidemic in the world. "Parents of an obese child who want the child to exercise but [are] afraid of the child getting injured should work with a specialist to get a tailored diet and exercise regimen to help them lose weight," Pomerantz said.

Yes, exercise and diet work just so well to keep kids from getting fat, or, if they're already fat, to get them thin.............FUCKING NOT!!!! And how many parents can afford to pay a specialist for a specialized diet and exercise routine? Especially with the economy the way it is right now, most parents are probably lucky to have jobs and be able to afford those luxuries of food, clothing, and shelter, let alone necessities of diet and exercise for their fat kids. Give me a fucking break from the moronic researchers who think fat is a bad thing (not to mention a break from the doctors and pharmaceutical companies who think they have to "cure" us of being fat).


  1. Well, it is *possible* to break bones and sprain things without actually being very active. I was a kid who LOATHED sports and exercise of any sort and I suffered more sprained ankles in the first 20 years of my life than I can accurately count. (And once, a wrist.)

    None of them, as I recall, were when I was doing anything particularly 'active', except maybe the sprained wrist. At least one occurred in my mother's bedroom! (I was trying on a halloween costume, twirled around to look at my skirt, and *boom*.)

    I have bad joints. :) The impression I've gotten from doctors is that yeah, if I exercised more, I might strengthen the joints a bit and not wreck them so much, but simply losing weight on its own? Not going to make a difference.

    Also, while the HEADLINE claims 'more likely', the article gives absolutely no information comparing fat kids to skinny kids in terms of injury!

  2. I agree with all your conclusions. How about don't force kids (fat or thin) to engage in dangerous activities if they don't want to (what do you want to bet that at least some of those injuries resulted from kids being forced or strongly encouraged to exercise for weight loss), but if they do want to do these things and end up injuring themselves, don't blame their weight for it and end up making them sound like fragile, out-of-shape wrecks.

  3. The reasoning could go something like "fat kids aren't fit so they get injured more easily when they do something strenuous like getting up for more chips." Or "fat kids are injured more because they have greater stress that weakens their joints." I don't know.

    I've sprained my knee five times and recovery was much easier when I was heavier, for whatever that anecdotal evidence is worth.

  4. ....recovery was much easier when I was heavier,Thank you so much for saying this goodbyemyboy, the same for me. The difference has actually stunned me.

    It's not just that, I can't seem to relax and let go the way I used to either, which also helps emotional as well as physical healing.

    I wonder just how deep the depth of lying about the joys of weight loss are, in terms of how your body functions afterwards, rather than the enhanced social approval.

  5. When I broke my foot (in three places requiring surgery mind you) my dad did the same thing as your mom.

    It's just another excuse to get people on the stupid childhood obesity bandwagon. Logic doesn't play into their calculations--you have to DO something to get hurt.

  6. Fat people actually have stronger bones due to weight bearing, or so I've been told. I cracked an outside bone in my foot when I fell off a step. The doctor told me to stay off it for two weeks, which I was able to do, and in six weeks it was healed and I walked without pain. The doctor was surprised, she said that she had patients who were having pain a year after a similar injury.


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