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Science Matters: Serendip

A weekly feature (begun December 2004), supported by the Bryn Mawr College Center for Science in Society,
that highlights current news in the area of science and culture, and relevant materials on Serendip.

Week of January 3, 2005
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"Heavy Questions"
In the colonias on the edge of Rio Grande City, Texas -- jerry-rigged neighborhoods that are home to many illegal immigrants and lack adequate municipal services -- Little gorditos run around in juice-stained diapers, and as the kids get older, they only get fatter. By the time they are 4 years old, 24 percent of the children are overweight or obese; by kindergarten, 28 percent; and by elementary school, 50 percent of the boys are overweight or obese, along with 35 percent of the girls. The concern is not just cosmetic. Overweight children are at significantly greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, and by early adulthood, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, breast cancer, gallbladder disease, arthritis and sleep apnea. Read more...

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On the lighter side...

Remember when American moms used to tell their kids to finish dinner because children were starving in Africa ? Well, thanks a lot, Mom - Africans are still starving and American kids are obese. ~ Larry Baum

The cardiologist's diet: If it tastes good, spit it out. ~Author Unknown

Rich, fatty foods are like destiny: they too, shape our ends. ~Author Unknown

It is an accepted and increasingly visible fact that on a daily basis Americans, as a nation, are gaining more and more weight. As a result of this trend, laboratories in the United States and abroad have begun to look at the potential causes of obesity among various groups of humans.

The Effects of Obesity on Adolescent Development
When I was a little girl in grade school, I remember sitting down to watch Today's Special and the Letter People. During commercial breaks there were these ads with a potato sitting on the couch with a remote control in his hand and scroll across the bottom of the screen suggesting that I go outside and get some exercise and not become couch potato...

Adolescent Obesity and the Brain
The number of overweight kids in the United States has doubled and the number of overweight adolescents has nearly tripled since 1960. Adolescent obesity has been linked to depression, lack of exercise, and diet.

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