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BMI may be an inaccurate indicator of health

As claimed by a new study, the body mass index, or BMI, may not be an valid predictor of an individual’s likelihood of getting a metabolic disorder or heart disease.

Obsessed with your BMI and stepping on the scale? BMI may not be as effective at weighing your health. Image from militaryspot.com

The outcome of the study proposes that around 75 million adults in the United States might be misdiagnosed. The researchers suggested that adults might have a genuine likelihood of diabetes or heart disease that is either lower or higher than advised by their BMIs.

Jeffrey M. Hunger, co-author of the study, said to maintain their health, individuals should “prioritize eating well, staying active and getting enough sleep,” instead of focusing on their weight. Hunger is a doctoral candidate, meaning he has completed all of the requirements for his degree, except his dissertation, at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The researchers focused on the BMIs of around 40,000 adults in the United States. Additionally, they looked at information on the individual’s “cardiometabolic health,” which is their likelihood for diabetes and heart disease.

When looking at the relationship between the individual’s cardiometabolic health and their BMIs, the researchers discovered that almost 50 percent of the individuals with a BMI in the overweight section, 29 percent of individuals with a BMI in the obese section and 16 percent of very obese individuals were cardiometabolically healthy.

A. Janet Tomiyama, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and lead study author, said ”many people see obesity as a death sentence, but the data show there are tens of millions of people who are overweight and obese and are perfectly healthy.”

Additionally, over 30 percent of the individuals whose BMIs were considered to be a normal weight were discovered to be cardiometabolically unhealthy.

Preceding research on the topic of BMI has likewise proposed that using BMI as a measure of health may an issue. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2010 concluded that waist size was a better indicator of children’s future likelihood of heart disease than BMI. A separate study, distributed in the journal Pediatric Obesity in 2014, discovered that one fourth of children who were not labeled as obese based on their BMI were obese based on their body fat content.

The study’s findings were published in the International Journal of Obesity on February 4.

Is raising overly-religious children dangerous?

This summer, a Texas court ruled against a couple who took their kids out of school in 2004 to be home-schooled. A family member had started to notice that the children weren’t being educated, even at home. Instead of teaching them, the parents, Michael and Laura McIntyre, told the nine children that they didn’t need to go to school because they were going to be raptured. Further investigation revealed that the children weren’t being educated properly, according to the states standards. In 2006, one daughter  even took it upon herself to run away so she could go to a real high school.

In 2007, an attendance officer filed complaints against the McIntyre’s, who responded by claiming that their rights to religious freedom were being violated. But alas, they failed. The court found that no religious rights were being violated. It’s simply impossible to home school kids without some regulation.

Personally, I agree with this ruling. I understand that many parents fear that their children will stray from their god and start believing in the blasphemy that is science. (Insert extreme sarcasm here.) But let’s be honest, the reason it’s required for children to go to school is so we don’t have a nation of warped idiots. I’ve met a few perfectly normal home-schooled kids. But I’ve also met a few people who were home-schooled and seemed to be totally brain-washed. I’d say in most cases, the reason parents want their kids to be home-schooled is either for religious purposes or because parents don’t trust the school system.

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“I’d say in most cases, the reason parents want their kids to be home-schooled is either for religious purposes or because parents don’t trust the school system.”

Public school systems can be very iffy. Many worry that public school kids aren’t experiencing a wide enough array of subjects, and aren’t being able to explore their interests. I will agree with that reasoning for home-schooling kids, but I don’t agree with home-schooling for the purpose of forcing your kids to be religious. In the documentary “Bible Camp,” (available on Netflix) there’s a scene with a mother home-schooling her child. She explained that she pulled him out of public school because he was being taught evolution and the Big Bang theory. She couldn’t understand why creationism wasn’t taught as a theory and even told her son “science is wrong.” Creationism is such an old idea that has so much evidence stacked up against it, which the reasoning behind it. But to only want your child to believe in one theory, and not allowing them the option to explore others is simply cruel.

Children are naturally curious. In watching my nephew learn about dinosaurs, I’ve always thought it was great to see children being so curious and wanting to learn more. I know that when I have children, I’ll expose them to all sorts of sciences and theories so that they can make their own decisions. I can’t imagine being a parent and not wanting that for your child.

In the last few years, there’ve also been cases where parents have neglected to take their children to the hospital when care is needed because they believe that “God will provide” and somehow their child will be magically cured if they pray hard enough. For example, a couple watched as their daughter died of diabetes. She was in pain because of this chronic condition, yet her parents just watched her deteriorate. It’s so hard for me to imagine being a parent and watching your child die when prayer is obviously not working. I feel like any reasonable parent would go to the ends of the earth to heal their child, even if it could screw them financially. There are so many parents who have put their entire life savings and put themselves in crippling debt to save their children. I don’t understand how anyone could accept their child dying as “God’s will” and just let them go when there are doctors who’ve gone to school for years in order to save people’s lives. I suppose if someone is crazy enough to believe that God will magically intervene and save their child, they probably also believe that doctors are of the devil because they’re trying to “play god.”

Some try to argue that parents should be allowed to make decisions based on their child’s health care, and that calling this “child abuse” is infringing on religious freedoms, but any case where a parent knowingly endangers their child’s life because they’re too proud to admit they’ve been wrong, they should never be allowed to have children again. Keeping your child from basic health care is essentially the same as starving or neglecting them. Prayer may work coincidentally, but if it doesn’t seem to be working, how can anyone just let their child die?

Seeing parents who are so set in their ways that they kill their children’s curiosity, endanger their lives and tell them “science is wrong” makes me worry for the future. The reason our country and states have specific laws and regulations on what kids are taught is so that we won’t have a generation of idiots. Science has provided us with the amazing technologies, medicine and many other amazing applications. Why anyone would deny that, and force their beliefs on their children is beyond me. Why anyone would allow their child to die and accept it as “God’s will” is amazing to me. One can tell that the McIntyre children knew what their parents were doing was wrong, considering one daughter ran away to receive an education. The girl who died of diabetes as her parents prayed over her also begged her parents to take her to a doctor. We need to take it upon ourselves as human beings to make sure every child has the opportunity to receive a real, practical education, and real, practical medical care. Parents are supposed to protect their children, not endanger them with stupidity.

Generic diabetes drug may fight cancer

A diabetes drug released in 1995 shows promise of possibly being a cancer-fighting treatment for those in need.

Metformin, which has been on the market for over 7 years, was approved by the FDA to help those with diabetes control their sugar intake. Since its introduction, it has become one of the most widespread drugs used for this purpose. The reason for this is the patent for metformin expired in 2002. This made the drug much cheaper, lowering the cost to a few pennies per pill as generic versions began hitting the market. Continue reading Generic diabetes drug may fight cancer

Artificial pancreas could provide relief for thousands

For many with diabetes, life is a constant drill of poking and prodding as many are required to regularly test their blood sugar levels. Pharmaceutical companies are working hard to be the first to create a fully artificial pancreas.

Currently, the artificial or bionic pancreas is undergoing a number of studies. The vast majority of these studies are small, lasting only three days. The reason for these short studies is that FDA regulations will not allow for the devices to be used outside of a hospital. Continue reading Artificial pancreas could provide relief for thousands

Video: Living with diabetes in college

One in every five people will live with diabetes at some point in their lives according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, and the number of individuals between 18 and 29 who have the disease is the fastest growing of any age group.

This disease, which was once considered rare in people ages 18 to 29, is now becoming an epidemic. The numbers have jumped 30% in the last decade and they are growing faster each year. Continue reading Video: Living with diabetes in college

Tunnel of Oppression 2010: From Oppression to Enlightenment

Photo by Anna Sacks.

The Tunnel of Oppression is a program that started at the Western Illinois University at Macomb in 1993. Since then the program has spread to college campuses across the United States. The Tunnel’s purpose is to raise awareness about oppressed people and the forms of oppression they endure generated by things like prejudice and discrimination. Radford University has adopted and adapted this program to pertain and relate to the students here at RU.

The program here focuses more on the cognitive effect on its visitors rather than some programs that focus on a more graphic “shock and scar” approach according to DeLoach. The program is presided over by a committee headed by Dave Falletta and Adrien DeLoach. The committee chooses from various topics they’ve brainstormed that Radford students can relate to.

The goal of this particular program is to inform visitors to the exhibit of the challenges their peers with disabilities, which can be invisible to the naked eye, have to face in their regular lives. After choosing the overall theme, the committee chooses what subjects in that theme to address. This year the committee had to choose what disabilities to focus on. They took into account what visitors would find interesting, what challenges members of the community face and what would inspire those in the community to help their peers become successful.

Photo by Anna Sacks.

“We wanted to make it hit closer to home so when students went through they would be more engaged by relating personally to those topics,” Falletta said.

This year’s motto is