Parents Hold The Key

There is just something about studies that point out the obvious that drive me nuts.   They seem to attract my attention which leads me to share them with you.  It’s like an itch that I have to scratch.  Here is another good one.  In this article entitled “Parents May Hold Key to Healthy Weight in Hispanic Kids” it is postulated that parents are an important factor in their kid’s health.  Luckily this information is being beamed out prior to the print edition of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association because we don’t want this type of breaking news hidden from anyone.  I am not sure why they didn’t stop the study early with such earth shattering news.  The article goes on to say “the findings may help improve efforts to combat the childhood obesity epidemic among Hispanic Americans, the largest and fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, said the researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.”   I’m sure the world will change and some day reference this landmark study.

Of course parents hold the key to healthy weight for kids.  Parents hold the key for everything in kids!  I would bet that any study EVER done on kids would show that parents are the most factor in their kids lives.   It could be schooling, drugs, obesity, crime and on and on.  It doesn’t matter.   In fact, can someone just do that study and call it “Parents are an important factor in every part of their kids lives” to get it over with so studies like the one above don’t get published and waste our time anymore.  Damn, I just spend thirty minutes of my life on this….but I feel much better now.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “Parents Hold The Key

  1. DensityDuck
    January 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    But he only stops crying when I feed him and let him watch TV!

  2. Sharon
    January 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    My 13 year old son got in with the wrong crowd and got into drugs. He was sent to rehab by the court and in the entire 8 month stay my husband and I went to every week of group counseling for his group of 13 boys. In that entire time only 2 other sets of parents joined us, each set only coming once. How well did the message get back to those boys that their parent gave a damn?

  3. Rusty Shackleford
    January 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I also have a tender spot for these kinds of studies. I just saw one not too long ago called something like “Patients with terminal illness have higher incidence of depression”.

    Ya think?

  4. Dave Hoffman
    January 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Next … “Contact with Water May Lead to Increased Wetness: A Multicenter Longitudinal Randomized Double-Blind Meta-Analysis.”

    • Doug Farrago
      January 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Love it.

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