The weighty issue of research
WHEN I see stories and reports which start with the words “recent research shows...” I sort of give it an each-way tick. There has been a lot of “recent research” through the years and a lot of predictive reports as a result.
Some reports reach some form of realistic conclusion while others sort of dissolve.
I guess it could be said that “recent research” has shown that some reports and findings come true and some do not.
But, at the end of the day, they need to be examined — especially when there is clearly more than just a shred of recent evidence to suggest they may indeed be happening.
Like the “recent research” that predicted that by 2038 about two million Kiwis are likely to be obese or on the very cusp of becoming what is clinically determined as obese. Overweight, basically. But more than that, in health terms it can be seriously overweight.
The fuse is well lit by the sound of things, given that it is estimated more than 40 per cent of schools sell sugary drinks and more than 90 per cent use what is deemed by the dieticians to be “unhealthy” food during things like fundraising.
Oh, and there are, on average, eight TV ads every hour for fried fast food.
I have no issue with kids having the occasional nutrionally naughty snack as a treat, but it should only be sparingly.
In this age, fast food has erupted big time, so this is not a medical issue . . . it is a human issue.
It quite simply comes down to what an individual chooses to consume and whether or not they choose to pursue some form of exercise to effectively burn-off the occasional “extras”.
About five years ago I trimmed myself from 90kg to 79kg and have remained there since.
Just the usual stuff . . . less sugar, not too much snacking between meals and ensuring those meals comprised good stuff.
The occasional ice cream and ales emerge but I then take walks to cancel them out.
Tough to begin with, but now it is just second nature.
I would be thrilled to see a new report stating “recent research” has shown that more people are watching their diets and exercising more so that “recent reports” into the rise of obesity can be starved.