By Ellie Mangle-Lero
Today is Poetry Friday, and I wanted to do another children’s poem. There is no doubt that there is an obesity epidemic among kids today. As a result, a number of previously adult diseases and problems are manifesting themselves in children. For example, gall bladder problems. This poem is my latest children’s poem to help them deal with realistic problems in a sensitive, caring and nurturing manner!
Bobby Was A Blubber Butt!
Bobby was a blubber butt.
My God! He had a massive gut!
He stuffed his face at every meal,
And when was finished, hungry still.
Mom and Dad made him a diet,
Little Bobby wouldn’t try it.
He ate candy and drank cokes,
And was the butt of his friends’ jokes.
Then, when things could not get badder,
He got stones in his gall bladder!
It hurt so much he pooped his pants!
They had to call an ambulance!
He cried and cried and made a scene.
They had to give him some morphine!
The Intake Nurse began to shout,
“Quick, wheel him in and cut it out!”
When Bobby was in the Post-Op,
He promised pigging out would stop!
No more candy, no more cokes!
No more butter and egg yolks!
And though his parent doubted him,
He entered 5th grade very slim!
He rode his bike out in the street,
Without the special fat kid seat!
And now that he was nice and slim,
Mean kids didn’t throw rocks at him!
And YOU! If to a diet you’ll stick,
No one will call you “Moby Dick”
Everybody have a nice day!
FootNote 1. The Image is of Pugsley and Wednesday from the 1960s television series, The Addams Family.
FootNote 2. WebMD says this about gall bladders and teens:
Aug. 24, 2012 — More and more children are being treated for gallstones, and the obesity epidemic may play a role.
In a new study, obese children and teens were at least twice as likely to have gallstones as those whose weight was normal or underweight — and the risk was nearly three to eight times higher for the heaviest boys and girls.
Gallstones in Kids Linked to Obesity
Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the United States over the last three decades, according to the CDC.
The rise has been accompanied by an increase in obesity-related health problems, such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol, that were once largely confined to adults; this study confirms that gallbladder disease is among them.