And it’s only 9am…
Apparently, according to this article, British researchers are recommending that children under the age of 5, even those who aren’t walking yet, need to exercise.
What I want to ask these researchers…god, where to start? How about, did you exercise as a baby? Did your mother exercise as a baby? No. Of course not. Not beyond the usual baby things that babies do to prepare for being a human on this planet.
If we look at a 1950s suburb, we see sidewalks, unpotholed streets, young trees, and promise. But it’s more telling what we don’t see—a distance runner suffering on the sidewalk or our neighbor Bill biking to work in the hopes of keeping off a few pounds. Things like jump ropes were toys. If you saw a bike, a kid was on it and he wasn’t wearing a cycling jersey.
Exercise is a recent phenomena. In no other time in history have so many devoted precious time to nothing but the pursuit of trying to keep weight off. And, as Gary Taubes has drilled into us, it makes us hungry. This leads to a Catch-22 for so many, and they’ll never see the results they desire without getting their diet in check. I know, because that was me a mere 7 months ago.
Besides, have these researchers ever SEEN any child under the age of 5? Their day is one of constant exercise: jumping, running, playing, skipping, biking, exploring, and generally being complete fidgeting spazzes. If it ain’t working, more exercise isn’t the answer.
How much longer do we have to go down this path of suffering before we figure out what’s really going on? When I began this WOE, I thought it was merely a preference, a choice. I never expected to become a food activist, but that’s exactly what’s beginning to happen. Because when exercise is being recommended for babies, it has officially reached criminal proportions. If you need any more motivation to feed your family real food, let it be this: It is every child’s right to have an opportunity for basic health and happiness. They can’t have that if they’re stuck with insulin needles every day. If they can’t keep up with their friends on the playground. If it sets them up for body image issues their entire life. If they’re on statins by 18.
This. Has. Got. To. Stop.