Like Mother, Like Infant

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that by the year 2030, up to 42% of Americans will be obese, likely making this the first generation in the history of mankind to have a shorter lifespan than the generation preceding it.

Today’s epidemic of obese six-month olds is powerful evidence that obesity can be passed from mother to child, which is why researchers like Dr. Robert Lustig and his colleagues at UCSF’s Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treamtent (COAST) insist that obesity is a public health issue that can and must be prevented to protect the health of all generations to come. In “The Skinny on Obesity: Generation XL,” new this week on UCTV Prime,  we look at the importance of weight management and a healthy lifestyle for all women of child-bearing age — pregnant or not.

Also, if you’re a pregnant woman living the Bay Area, find out if you’re eligible to participate in the MAMAS study being conducted by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). The study is based on the idea that changes in diet and exercise may not be enough to help women manage their weight during pregnancy and that a stress reduction program, based on the Mindful Motherhood Training and other mindfulness programs, can offer women additional skills to deal with stress and food cravings, manage difficult emotions, increase awareness of hunger and fullness, and encourage healthy eating and physical activity. The goal of the study is to learn if this program can help women achieve healthy weight gain during pregnancy and reduce stress.

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2 thoughts on “Like Mother, Like Infant

  1. It bothers me that the opening sequence of this series features anonymous “fat” people. Many of them don’t look terribly fat to me. They look pudgy or chubby, and really not so bad. I think this series is sending a bad message – that being very thin is what everyone can be, Should be – and it’s Possible for them to be. People can be kind of fat & still healthy – Dr. Lustig has said that something like 20% of fat people are actually healthy. Thin people can be unhealthy. And fat people who lose a small amount of weight & start to eat better foods, in more healthy ways can do a Lot for their health, can’t they? So, to hyper-focus on people in the opening sequence who aren’t even that fat – what message does it send? What about eating disorders? If young women, girls, are the main focus on obesity preventative initiatives, is there a possibility of developing and/or worsening eating disorders in some of them? There is such an emphasis in the media on being super thin, especially for females. I think this DOES have an impact on people – and it’s a negative impact. There is something voyeuristic about targeting fat people in these opening scenes, something stigmatizing. On the other hand, I really admire Dr. Lustig & the information he is getting out to the public. So please understand my comments are not meant to be discouraging or negative. Just some thoughts to consider.

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