Wednesday, 8 April 2009


Courtesy of obesity timebomb's reader I discovered this annoying farticle over at TIME, entitled "Kids who lack self control more prone to obesity later", yet didn't have the self control to resist claiming the same old tripe as something new.

When the course is predestined yet produces no answers and won't change, then it goes round and round in circles, calling something old, new because it comes from another source or angle though the message is the same.

Fat humans, in this case children struggle to control themselves.

Not sure why obeying the pointless instructions of adults is seen as a measure of self control, it seems to be more a measure of obedience. Or even why you are supposed to control impulses, they are there to respond to surely. Not doing so can encourage them to get stronger and if that persists it can develop a momentum of its own and become an imbalance in itself.

And as there are differences in weight between races, markedly so;

That percentage is almost doubled among American-Indian children, 31% of whom are obese.
One has to wonder what they are actually measuring. They may well be measuring the effects of stress on the brain. What they call poor impulse control maybe a lack of trust that adults will, or can keep their promises, that as they tend to lack things, they need to grab what is in front of them for fear they will not have an opportunity for an achingly long time.

Other children well catered for may well find it easier to trust and obey adults who are more well resourced therefore able to provide. Having all your needs met is the reverse of the above cycle of responding to impulses.

If they are constantly responded to and satisfied, they become more orderly and rather than become overwhelming, they can  become very mild so can be quite calm about your response. So delaying gratification just means a much calmer and more patient system.

Impulses are not objective criterion.

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