Oprah Spotlights Childhood Obesity

I am so upset that I forgot to Tivo today’s episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show. It was about childhood obesity. I was an overweight child and an obese teen. I am also a huge Oprah fan, so I really wanted to see this episode.

I didn’t see the episode, but I read this article from CalorieLab. Based on this article, I have some strong feelings about today’s guests.

  • Allowing your child to undergo weight loss surgery is insane. Why can’t parents simply take away their child’s money and only keep healthy foods in the house.
  • The thirteen year old and her parent(s) did not seem to learn anything. I’m all for eating anything you want in moderation. However, the fact that she refers to how much hamburger and the number of french fries her stomach can hold is disheartening.
  • I agree with Dr. Farmer. It is rare that obesity is the cause of any significant morbidity or mortality in children. Weight loss surgery should be a last resort. At only 13 years old, I’m sure her parents have not tried every weight loss method available.

I hope that these surgeries do not become first line therapy for parents who don’t want fat children because there are better and safer weight loss strategies. Overweight children should lose weight like Whitney. She lost 100 pounds in 1 year, which is less than 2 pounds a week. She did it by simply eating healthier foods and exercising. She also motivated her parents to improve their food selection, when they should have been motivating her.

This episode seemed interesting. I can’t wait to catch it on reruns.

**Please consult your physician, registered dietitian, or certified fitness professional before starting or changing your diet or exercise program.**

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