Here we go again and I promise I am not making this up. Science beats common sense over the head once again with the completion of a FIVE YEAR study . And this was not some fly-by-night study. No Sir, the five year study was completed at the University of Montreal and the Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center, Sounds legit to me.
But the study may explain why Canadians ice-fish, play hockey or even live in Canada. I think their brains are frozen at birth and they don’t even think that there might be someplace better than a nation where winter begins in August and doesn’t end until June, which gives you one month of seeing that strange orb which you think may be the sun, but you are not sure. This is a nation that should be praying for Global Warming.
But I digress. Let’s get back to the study it took the Canadians FIVE YEARS to complete,. And to think, until up this momentous moment, their only claim to fame was sending Canadian Cold Fronts our way, that snappy flag with a LEAF on it, and not being able to decide what language they should all speak. Not that anyone outside of Quebec cared in the first place. But now the Canadians have another claim to fame. A FIVE YEAR study that shows – and I quote – that:
“Too much television, video games and Internet can increase body fat in teens.”
Well I am shocked too. Who would have figured? Pass me another quart of Canadian Club and let’s ruminate upon this. You mean it took the Canadians FIVE YEARS to figure out that “too much television, video games and internet can increase body fat in teens.”
This FIVE YEAR study just begs for us to explore it further and to see what other fascinating tidbits we might discover. In fact let’s hear from the lead author of this study.
“There is some concern that adolescents’ television, video and computer use is filling much of their discretionary time” says lead author Tracie A. Barnett, a professor at the Université de Montréal’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and a scientist at the Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center. “Our findings show that youth are at greater risk of increased body fat if screen use increases through high school; one possible reason is that teens who increase their screen time are simultaneously reducing involvement in and opportunities for more active pursuits”
Hello or as they say in Canada -Eh? – but remember it took five years for the Canadians to discover that sitting around , eating twinkies all day, and looking at a screen, does not only lead to fat kids, but also ” simultaneously reduces.. involvement in and opportunities for more active pursuits.” In Canada those “active” pursuits might be seal hunting, building an igloo, wrestling a polar bear , scaling a glacier or wondering why no one even thinks about invading Canada.
What can I say about this FIVE YEAR STUDY? I could suggest that Canadians get out a bit more and I don’t mean out of the house but out of the country. They could skip on down to America and ask a fat teenager why he is fat, He might just say, “Because I eat a lot and play video games a lot.”
Just think talking to that one teenager could have saved the Canadians FIVE YEARS of research. But to be fair when the winters are long and no one knows your Prime Minister or even the capital of Canada, you must do something to establish an international presence. And this study could lead the way.
But then again, maybe not.
University of Montreal (2010, September 21). Too much TV, video and computer can make teens fatter. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 22, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2010/09/100920123552.htm