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    Fat bottomed babies outgrow car seats

    Fat bottomed babies outgrow car seats
    By Eric Peters
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    At least one out of every six children ages 1 to 6 are too beefy to fit into their child safety seats -- and need extra-large "husky" models designed for proto-Elvii. That works out to something like 190,000 over-large toddlers, about 5 percent of all the three-year-olds in the country.

    This isn't baby fat wer'e talking here, either. These are three-year-olds who weigh in at 40 pounds or more. These kids are on a (fast food) track to being 200 pounders by their teens. Those gummi bears and juice boxes really add up, apparently. That and our indolent, sedentary lifestyle. As we get fatter and fatter, so do the kids -- emulating the example (and lifestyle) of their parents.

    So what do the Wise Heads suggest? The obvious answer -- a better diet, for starters, doesn't come up in any of the coverage one can find of this story. Instead, we get calls for super-sized car safety seats -- units titanic enough to hold Baby Fatima so that she's not injured in the event of a car wreck. That she'll end up a teen diabetic -- or in the cardiac care ICU by 40 -- doesn't seem to matter. So much easier to just build a bigger seat than put not-so-junior on a diet.

    The car seat study appears in the April issue of Pediatrics, a journal associated with Johns Hopkins Hospital. One of the study's authors, Lara Trifiletti, decided to look into the matter after she discovered researchers evaluating the functionality of child safety seats were encountering problems finding seats to fit/properly restrain obese children.

    According to federal data, almost one quarter of all American children ages 2 to 5 are overweight; 10 percent are medically obese -- and at elevated risk for developing early-onset diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other potentially life-threatening illnesses directly associated with being significantly overweight.

    These weighty waddlers need wide-load seats like the $250 Britax "Husky" -- designed to handle kids who weight up to 80-lbs. Remember, this is for 3-5 year-olds. Hopefully, the parents of these kids are going to the gym; they'll need Popeye-sized biceps to heft their little giants onboard the family truckster. Maybe the automakers will develop a special auto-winch system? Or heavy-lift running boards?

    Britax spokeswoman Joyce Kara told the Associate Press that the childhood obesity epidemic is "something that we do keep in mind when designing our seats to make sure our seats are versatile in accommodating all sizes of children."

    They might be better served if someone sent them a free pass to Golds Gym.

    Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into new regulations which would apply to these super-sized child seats -- and will be using a crash test dummy carrying an extra 25 pounds to simulate an 80-lb. youngster. No word as to whether the shock absorbers on the cars involved will also be tested (or upgraded to handle the load).

    It's ironic that our society, so concerned with protecting children against abstract outside risks, seems indifferent to clear evidence of a very real (and, literally, "growing") crisis -- childhood obesity. You'd think that sensible parents would take notice of their child's expanding girth (and their inability to find a child seat that fits) as evidence of a problem with the child, not an excuse to go shopping.

    Childhood obesity was almost unheard of 20 years ago -- in the pre-Playstation age. Now it is a commonplace. But our genetic make-up hasn't mutated in this short span of time; rather, our lifestyles and attitudes have.

    And we're not doing these kids any favors by accommodating their wide-load waistbands. Of course, it's easier for also-beefy parents to adopt a policy of benign neglect than it is to make major changes in how they (and their children) live. And if current trends continue, being fat will become the norm -- and the handful of skinny kids who somehow fall through the cracks will just have to make do with flopping around in super-sized seats they just don't fit into.

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    Re: Fat bottomed babies outgrow car seats

    Thanks for the visuals!

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    Thanks for the visuals!

    Freddie Mercury, call your office!

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    Re: Fat bottomed babies outgrow car seats

    The obesity epidemic isn't limited to the children.

    In what may be the ultimate in irony, overweight adults are too large today to fit into the MRI and CT scanners which could save their lives.

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    Did you see that blurb on the news about 3 weeks ago about the 500 Lb woman that broke off her seat belt and was ejected through the sun roof of her SUV... She survived!

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    ["In what may be the ultimate in irony, overweight adults are too large today to fit into the MRI and CT scanners which could save their lives."

    It's true; my wife and I comment to eachother ont his all the time - because hardly a day goes by that we don't see at least 2-3 grossly overweight people. And they're frequently bellying up for more food. Here's a specific story: We went to Outaback a few months ago for an early dinner; arrived before they opened the doors for business. Several people were waiting outside. We looked at them and at each other - and realized we were the onlyones there not at least 20 pounds overweight. When you sit down to eat, you begin to relaize why. First, they serve you an enormous loaf of bread with butter; this with a massive appetizer is sufficient to feed any normal human. But it's just for openers. Then comes the even larger main course - with salad soaked with fatty dressing and equally fattening sides of fries/mashed potatoes, etc. Even skipping desert, a typical meal there is probably close to 3,000 calories, if not more. And these meals are being consumed by flaccid, sedentary people who probably don't need more than 2,000 calories per day. And this is just "dinner."

    And it's routine to see portion sizes of this kind - everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    We looked at them and at each other - and realized we were the onlyones there not at least 20 pounds overweight.
    I think you were underestimating. It's usually much worse.

    For fun one day at work, we looked up the Calories (kilo-calories to the Europeans) of various fast-food meals. The Burger King Triple-Whopper with Cheese was an unbelievable 1230 Calories / 82g of fat (32g saturated). That's not including fries or a drink.

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    Yes - and people's appetite expands to meet the "new meal size" - so that they don't feel full unless they've consumed an enormous meal.

    I don't get it... the few times I've let myself pack on an extra 15 lbs.or so I felt awful and quickly dropped the baggage. Then again, I've been fortunate in having relatively good eating habits, never smoked, hardly drink and have been a runner since I was 14 or so. That and a very active lifestyle have kept me pretty fit - and kept the bulge at bay!

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    Did you see that blurb on the news about 3 weeks ago about the 500 Lb woman that broke off her seat belt and was ejected through the sun roof of her SUV... She survived! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    I guess all that blubber provided a pretty good cushion. LOL

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    Missed it!

    But I did see an enormous (at least 500-lb. woman get into a Chevette once; and watched the car list noticeable to the left!)

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    Yeah, I got surprised at Wendy's the other day, where a medium drink is now 32 ounces. When I was growing up, that was the size of the 7-11 Super Big Gulp, and we marvelled that someone would actually order and consume it all.

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    Re: Fat bottomed babies outgrow car seats

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    Yeah, I got surprised at Wendy's the other day, where a medium drink is now 32 ounces. When I was growing up, that was the size of the 7-11 Super Big Gulp, and we marvelled that someone would actually order and consume it all.
    I used to work with a guy that would order one of those, (7-11 Big Gulps). drink it all at once and then get another "to go"... This guy would "inhale" a Big Mac in 2 or 3 bites.

    This guy tripped and fell on the hallway at work one day and people up and down the floor though we'd had an earthquake, it shook the floor.

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    You'd think that sensible parents would take notice of their child's expanding girth

    Although the ectomorph and the endomorph will always differ, it seems that the truly sensible parents pay attention. I note that our grandchildren have remained slim and trim beyond their first decade of life, and I can only attribute that to their parents.


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    "This guy tripped and fell on the hallway at work one day and people up and down the floor though we'd had an earthquake, it shook the floor. "

    How much was this dude benching??


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    "Although the ectomorph and the endomorph will always differ, it seems that the truly sensible parents pay attention. I note that our grandchildren have remained slim and trim beyond their first decade of life, and I can only attribute that to their parents."

    I agree. Growing up, my parents didn't allow us to have sodas except as the occasional treat; today, I rarely drink them - this saves a lot of empty calories all by itself. Sugary/fructose-laden drinks vs. plain water - a small but inmportant factor in childhood obesity. Also, we were not allowed to sit inside and watch TV all day; we were tossed outside (this is the '70s, a different era) and left to our own devices. So we found things to do - and stayed active. Thathelped also.

    An irony of our age is that obesession with spectator sports is at all-time-highs - and our population is fatter and more out of shape than it has ever been! I note a correlation between obsession with football and a beer belly ...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    How much was this dude benching??
    He wasn't... He's just a big puppy. 6'4", about 400 lbs, most of them in the gut.

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    Damn!

    That's two of me....!

    (I'm back at 195 - college weight - after sliding up to 218 over the winter... being tall, it "spread out" well and I looked "big" rather than "fat" - or so I told myself!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    Damn!

    That's two of me....!

    (I'm back at 195 - college weight - after sliding up to 218 over the winter... being tall, it "spread out" well and I looked "big" rather than "fat" - or so I told myself!)
    Nahh... just "big boned", right? <g>

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    Nahh... just "big boned", right? <g>

    Yep!

    It's awful when it all goes right to your gut!

    Part of what screwed me last year was a knee injury (since healed) that kept me from running for the first time since I was 14. I did 5-6 miles 2-3 times each week. But had tolay off for several months. That let me pack on the pounds! But the upside was my bench press went up by 20 pounds! (It's back down again now that I'm "skinny" again... oh well!)

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