DM – Mosquitoes contribute to the problem of childhood obesity in some parts of the United States, a small study suggests. Researchers from Brandeis University in Massachusetts led an experimental study to investigate whether the amount of time children spent playing outside varied depending on whether the mosquito population was controlled or not. They found that children spent more time outside in areas with effective abatement compared to those with lots of mosquitoes to conclude effective control of mosquitoes could play a role in cutting the rate of childhood obesity. The scientists asked 38 children from Cliffwood Beach and Union Beach between 2009 and 2012 to log the time they spent outside, when treatment to kill mosquitoes was alternated between the two places to see if there was a correlation. John Worobey, lead author of the paper published in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association admitted the study was limited because of the small number of participants and children’s self-reporting, but believes the results were clear. Children living in areas where effective action was taken to cull the mosquito population spent more time exercising outside. He said: ‘Because obesity is difficult to treat, public health efforts need to be directed toward prevention, which could include mosquito abatement since physical activity protects against obesity.’
Was completely prepared to crap all over the deep south for using some tiny study to excuse their fatness because of some bogus “too many mosquitoes” story. Then I looked closer at the map:
So obviously this is a real thing because there really is no other reason to link South Jersey and Delaware to places like Louisiana and Mississippi. We have first-world comforts, zero Waffle Houses, and educations that don’t involve Jesus having a pet Brontosaur. Can’t think of any other reason why there would be a connection. Gotta be the mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes. Definitely mosquitoes.