The World’s Most Famous Formula, E = MC2, And Childhood Obesity Prevention

E + MC2 is probably the most famous formula the world has ever known. With it, innovator, scientist, physicist, mathematician, and overall genius Albert Einstein took a plethora of factors into consideration and boiled them down into his famous formula, which turned out to be the key to calculating how much stored up energy is in any given volume of matter.

In other words Einstein took many different factors into account, consolidated and simplified them down in a formula that could be used to create nuclear plants that power the future, and nuclear weapons to destroy it. His genius was found in his ability to organize, relate, consolidate, boil down, and simplify disparate pieces of a large and complex puzzle, and to transform all that into a usable tool for the benefit of mankind.

Keep it Simple Stupid

The same could be said of histories other great innovators from Gutenberg who invented the printing press, to Whitney who invented the cotton gin, Thomas Edison who invented electricity, Bell who invented the telephone, to Gates and Jobs who invented the modern world of computers. Each and every one of them took a multiplicity of yet to be organized ideas, pulled them together, tested and retested the combinations in order to validate their predictability, and then expressed their findings in relatively simple and user friendly ways.

While Operation Pull Your Own Weight is certainly no E + MC2, it still represents a simplification of the complex, confusing, and often frustrating dilemma of childhood obesity prevention. How many factors are we dealing with?

Let Me Count the Ways

For starters, it’s calories in VS calories out, eating less/better and exercising more. Then you factor in the modern day fast food diet that is exacerbated by working moms who lack the time to cook for their own kids, and opt for McDonalds’. Throw in the TV, the video games, and the computer that all conspire to make sure 21st century kids are physically less and less active. Add to this list the constant advertising that brainwashes kids into craving sugary foods, the lack of daily physical education in school, the genetics and the economics that all play a role, and you’ll see things get complicated real fast.

Now Let’s Simplify

OPYOW on the other hand makes one simple observation. Namely that kids who can do pull ups are never obese. Therefore, the more kids who can learn to physically pull their own weight, the more kids we’ll have who have been snatched from the jaws of obesity for life.

In other words, despite the fast food, the TV, video games and computer, the advertising, lack of PE, the genetics and the economics, show me ten kids who can do pull ups and I’ll show you ten kids who are not obese. That’s not to say that what these kids eat, or how much they exercise plays no role. It’s not to say that all these infinitely researched parts of the childhood obesity drama play no role. They undoubtedly do play a role.

Actionable Solutions VS Hand Wringing

On the other hand, if we can simplify all this down to whether or not kids can do pull ups, I contend that we have an obvious piece of knowledge around which to rally the childhood obesity prevention troops. We have something on which we can take action today, not next week or next year. It takes us out of the waiting mode and throws us into the action mode. And I for one am in favor of getting to the action stage ASAP!

Talk is losing the war. We must decide on an action plan and implement it. If we fail to do so the problem will continue to grow like a forest fire raging out of control. So bring in the fire trucks now before it’s too late! Where’s Einstein when we need him?”

Source by Rick Osbourne

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