Well, I finally found some good news about fat kids.
I am sorry. I finally found some good news about obese children.
Obese children have fewer cavities than normal weight kids.. In fact a study found that ” Contrary to conventional wisdom, overweight children have fewer cavities and healthier teeth compared to their normal weight peers, according to a study published in this month’s issue of Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology.”
In case you have not received your latest copy of Community Dentistry &Oral Epidemiology, it features a great centerfold of Mariah Carey’s molars. But like most center folds, I suspect the molars are touched up to hide the blemishes and to make them look sexier. I am sure that many young aspiring dentists have already put the pin up on their walls or hidden it underneath their beds.
The article, and I love this line, states “Surprised researchers at the Eastman Dental Center….”
Of course they were surprised. When has a study involving fat kids, I mean obese children ever turned out well? And you know that the scientists conducting the study were thinking, “Okay the government is launching a campaign against obesity. If we can prove that obese kids get more cavities, we can get hold of some money from the government to conduct further studies.”
But I am so happy to report that the fat kids won one. Finally hit a walk off homer, kicked that winning field goal, aced that serve, crossed the finish line in first place, shot the winning free throw.
When was the last time you read any positive news about fat kids? They have become the whipping boys for our society. If you are a kid and you are fat, you get hammered by every study that science conducts. If you are fat, according to studies, you are more likely to get diabetes, have strokes, have trouble buying a bathing suit, or getting a date for the prom.
But the fat kids are coming back. They can start to hold their heads up high. And smile. Because they finally are winners.
And BIG winners (sorry for the pun) at that.
Sure they may be fat, but they can skip the dentist, While their skinny peers are getting their teeth drilled and filled, having needles stuck into their mouths, and listening to their tone deaf dentist hum ( why do dentists always hum? ), the fat kids can sit home, have a Twinkie or two and wash it down with a coke. That is what winners get to do!
By the way, and this will come as a complete shock to everyone, the scientists conducting the study, always in search of government funding, noted that “Research to analyze both diet and lifestyle is needed to better understand the results.”
Oh, leave the fat kids alone. They have finally won one. At least let them feel good about it for a few months. Pass the Ho Hos please
University of Rochester Medical Center (2008, April 3). Overweight Kids Have Fewer Cavities, New Study Shows. ScienceDaily /releases/2008/04/080402093408.htm. Retrieved November 23, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com