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June 20, 2007

Diabetes Linkage

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

The New York Times reports that surgery to reduce "man-boobs" is on the increase, especially among boys and teens. Although some kids are genetically unlucky, it seems that the main reason for the higher numbers is increased levels of obesity. Boys are gettin' fat=boys are developin' boobies, in other words.

Which reminds me: On a recent flight The Wife and I found ourselves chatting with a doctor from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. According to him, people -- and children especially -- are growing fatter in that already-fat part of the country at a remarkable rate. Cases of adult-onset-style diabetes among kids are skyrocketing. When we asked our doctor what he thought might be done about it, this was his answer: "People would be amazed what cutting back on packaged food and taking three 45 minute walks a week can do."

The Times also reports on growing levels of diabetes in Mexico. Hmm, Mexico ... Texas ... You don't suppose that ... Yep: Hispanics have twice as high a rate of diabetes as non-Hispanic whites do. Small hunch: Whatever else it might accomplish, importing a lot of Mexicans won't be solving our health-care problems.

Greg Critser explains how we became such an obesity-embattled people. I don't think that The Guy From Boston will be following any of Greg Critser's advice, though ...



posted by Michael at June 20, 2007


As a comedian I can't recall once pointed out: teens are getting fatter, yet teens are apparently having more sex. Who's having sex with all the fat kids?

Posted by: metallica's orion rocks! on June 20, 2007 4:17 PM

The quarterback on my early-sixties small-town HS football team (point guard on the basketball team) had man-boobs. He was a plump, soft finesse player, but very good, and was also very good at golf and tennis. After a long successful career as a HS coach, he came out as gay.

Posted by: John Emerson on June 20, 2007 11:33 PM

Sugars and Starches: Both are very weak nutritionally and yet they make up the majority of our diet.

That is a recipe for disaster.

Posted by: Ian Lewis on June 21, 2007 8:42 AM

Man-boobs also can result from careless steroid use.

Posted by: Peter on June 21, 2007 4:14 PM

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