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One More Reason to Blow Up McDonald's

As if the rise in obesity and it's consequent health problems wasn't alarming enough, we have this report from Dr. Daniel Driscoll, a professor of pediatric genetics at the University of Florida:
"We're postulating that early-onset morbid obesity and these metabolic, biochemical problems can also lead to cognitive impairment..."

In other words, if you're a fatty when you're a child, you'll be dumber as an adult.

Studying three control groups; 18 children under four who were at least 150% of their ideal body weight; 19 children and adults that had Prader-Willi syndrome (a terrifying genetic disorder that causes one to eat non-stop until morbidly obese), and 24 normal weight kids; he found that:
Children and teens who were obese as toddlers for no known genetic reason fared almost as poorly on IQ tests (average score of 78) as people with Prader-Willi (average score of 63). "It was surprising to find that they had an average IQ score of 78, whereas their control siblings were 106," Driscoll said.

78 to 106? That's not a minor difference. We're talking the difference between someone who might be able to finish elementary school and someone who might be able to complete a college degree. Or the difference between someone who may be able to think and reason for themselves and one who most likely can't.

The future George Bushes, Stephen Harpers, and Tony Blairs of the world are waiting with bated breath.

Also, it seems as though racism rears it's ugly head once again, with Black, Hispanic and Native American children being more likely to be obese (a connection between socio-economic demographics and nutrition - the poorer you are, the less likely your diet is sufficiently nutritious). In the not too distant future (according to this information), approximately 20% of the Adult North American population will be borderline mentally retarded. Not because of genetics or anything intrinsic, or even from pollution or contamination, but as a direct result of the corporatization of the world's food supply and the prevalence of processed 'food'.
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