So I’ve always been a tall and skinny kid. I can remember even back in kindergarten when they were getting ready to take the class pictures the photographer would tell me to hang out cause I was gonna be in the back row. Always the back row. That and for years I always got paired up with the one tall girl in the class, Geraldine Illis. I think she proposed marriage to me 3 or 4 times between 1st and 4th grade! I grew to about 6’4″ and about 175 lbs. and stayed that way for quite a while. As we age I think we all have a tendency to add a few pounds and I was no different. With my second set of kids, while I was in my forties, the pounds started to add up, but I simply wrote it off as sympathy pounds for my then wife’s weight gains. The only problem was it really never came off and we continued to add on. Now ones metabolism does have a tendency to slow as we age, but I’m still a pretty active guy! Play golf, work in the yard and my job, as you probably know, keeps me out and about, so I’m not sedentary but the weigh gain has continued. Now I try to watch what I eat and an extra glass of wine or another Myers does have an effect, but I think I’ve found out what’s really going on or not. A new study has tied being an only child, which I am, to obesity. Now I’m not where I wanna be with my weight, but I’m also not even close to this obesity thing! Here’s some of what this interesting study had to say.
Only children may be at a higher risk for obesity than children who have siblings, according to a new study. The study looked at the eating habits and body weight of only children called “singletons” by researchers and found they had less healthy eating habits and beverage choices than families with multiple children. While the sample size was small and the study could not establish cause and effect, it does “raise an interesting point that we need to better understand,” said pediatrician Dr. Natalie Muth, who chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity. “Several studies in addition to this one have shown that only children are more likely to have overweight issue or my be obese, “Why is that? While this study doesn’t provide the answer to that question, it is helpful in building the body of research that eventually will provide clearer answers.” What it means to be an only! Singletons have long fascinated researchers. Early studies focused on the many negatives society falsely believed about only children, like the idea that a child would become headstrong, selfish, egocentric, competitive, excessively spoiled and unable to share if raised by themselves. Or, that most would likely turn into selfabsorbed hypochondriacs. “A lot of people assumed only children are defective, and so a lot of research has been done on achievement and personality.” One the other hand, only children excelled in achievement, intelligence and character over children with siblings especially those with older brothers or sisters. “On average, only children get more education and they score higher on various achievement tests,” Falbo said. “On personality achievements, they’re doing fine. They have reasonably positive personalities and they’re not prone to mental illness any more so than anyone else.” The only difference her analysis found was that singletons appeared to have stronger bonds with their parents than children with siblings.
Me in my 20’s.
Me in my 40’s
So I’m a Singleton! So be it, but the buck and the weight stop here! Headstrong and competitive….Damn Right…Bring It.