That NSS Moment  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
3484 posts
9/14/2005 4:28 am

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That NSS Moment

Word finally reached my newspaper today of a series of academic studies by Dr Bob Hancox of the University of Otago in New Zealand.

The good Doctor told the Journal of Obesity, in effect, that children who watch too much TV are more likely to become fat. It seems that watching more TV not only means the child is less active than a child that watches less but also provides more time to snack on junk food.

"Reducing the amount of TV children watch", said the Doctor, "is an important step in tackling childhood obesity".

Well I never! And to think that someone not only builds a career on such ground-breaking conclusions as this but even gets paid for doing so. Einstein, Newton, Fleming, eat your hearts out.

Watch out for future installments of this blog where I will reveal how new research is showing that things exposed to the rain get wet, that sticking your hand into a fire hurts and that it is hard to avoid the taxman.


P.S.: NSS = "No Shit, Sherlock"

Erik_Bloodaxe 56M

9/14/2005 5:22 am

Sometimes "genius" is so simple

rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
9/14/2005 7:24 am

yeah, genius = realising how simple everything is really

[blog freelove999]

slightly_sexy8 38F
314 posts
9/14/2005 7:55 am

well, to be fair to dr hancox, your newspaper was probably dumbing down that research. his studies are actually much more interesting (in the right context of course ) than that and if you think about it, a relatively new area as we now have a generation of children growing up with tv's and computers in their rooms.

hancox was looking at the long-term effects on television generally on children and adolescents. they started the study, tracking over 1,000 children born in the very early '70's, asking them every 2 years about how much tv they watched. they looked not only at the long term health issues but also at how it has affected their brains, their skills and their long-term education.

brightblonde3 58F

9/14/2005 8:14 am

This just in: If you use your blow dryer while showering...*light bulb over time...wash, style and go!*... you'll only get to do that once.

Where do I sign up to be a genius?


AlbertPrince 57M

9/14/2005 9:40 am

TQ - you bugger you. you've actually stolen a little rant I had planned for tomoorow.

helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
9/14/2005 10:23 am

Q... that was children... I wonder if the same can be said for adults???


PS. JUST KIDDING, before you all think I'm being a typical blonde!!

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/14/2005 10:34 am

Al ... "Great minds" and all that Tell you what, why don't you steal what I'm going to write tomorrow?

Erik, Freelove ... Another case of great minds thinking alike or is this a conspiracy?

BB ... You might try applying to Helga_Hansen; the last time the experts tried to test my IQ, they couldn't find one ...

Slightly_Sexy ... You're right, of course: this was very much soundbite journalism. I did check out the background to the story before writing mine and there is, of course, much more to it than was reported in my copy of "Metro". In fact, the story missed the true significance, if there was any: that it is more reliable to try to forecast a child's tendency to obesity by looking at the amount of TV viewed rather than either the amount of exercise taken or the dietary habits of the child.

And other findings have been more interesting, such as the suggested impact of games consoles on the development of the brain and nervous system.

Some of the work in the study certainly suggests that commonly-held "wisdom" is wrong; nonetheless, the idea of presenting the paper on weight that was printed in the Obesity Journal still seems absurd to me as it does no more, really, than suggest a correlation that holds no surprises and no major discoveries. When Dr Hancox can present evidence of causation rather than correlation, then his conclusions in this particular area will be of much more interest to me

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/14/2005 11:33 am

Actually, Helga, I look at my fellow man ... and can't help feeling that it does!

bella_ 47F
4030 posts
9/14/2005 12:35 pm

I read about this. Even the cookie monster has denounced cookies...what kind of a world do we live in? And I understand the Pillsbury Dough Boy is ill. You know, high blood pressure and diabetes from his fluffy dough....i am following this story and will update your blog as more information becomes available.

No need to thank me. Just doing my duty in Blogland.

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/14/2005 12:53 pm

Bella ... Thanks nonetheless ... this counts as "above and beyond the call of duty"!

rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
9/14/2005 2:05 pm

Noooo shiiiiiiiiittttttttttttttttt... pml

rm_sj365 55F
2414 posts
9/14/2005 6:43 pm

and THATS why I wanna be a doctor when (if) I grow up!

Hey, did you know that without oxygen..we'll die?

yayy go me...millions of lives saved! Pay me now please.

Dr. SJ

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
9/14/2005 10:30 pm

The good Doctor SJ! But have you actually proven that we'll die without oxygen or is it just a suspicion?

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