Left-wing news outlet CBS recently promoted a study linking childhood obesity to climate change, and was roasted on social media for it, with many accusing the network of spreading “propaganda.”
In a segment on CBS Morning, the show’s hosts discussed a study published in the journal Temperature which claimed that children currently have 30% lower aerobic fitness levels than their parents had at the same age.
The author of the study argued that rising temperatures are supposedly making children less active, which in turn is making them more obese.
“As the Earth’s warming continues to accelerate, children are set to bear the health risk brunt of rising global temperatures,” the study’s author claimed.
The official CBS Mornings Twitter account shared a video clip of the segment, along with the caption: “Today’s children are 30% less aerobically fit than their parents were at their age, a new study found. The study points to climate change and rising temperatures adversely affecting childhood obesity, as children spend less time exercising outdoors.”
Today’s children are 30% less aerobically fit than their parents were at their age, a new study found.
The study points to climate change and rising temperatures adversely affecting childhood obesity, as children spend less time exercising outdoors. pic.twitter.com/26WehoLK9I
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) August 13, 2022
The claims being made in the study were so preposterous that even one of the CBS Mornings hosts called it out for being severely flawed.
While host Nate Burleson acknowledged that children today are less likely to go outside, he argued that the reason behind this is because of the existence of technology that allows them to “be social without having to go outside to be social.”
However, Burleson also made sure to push the party line regarding climate change, stressing that “it has been a lot hotter and the weather has been crazy.”
Thousands of people took to Twitter to brutally roast CBS Mornings for pushing the ridiculous study.
Many responses agreed with Burleson’s assessment that children are more consumed with technology, and are focused on staring at screens all day rather than being productive and exercising. Other critics pointed to the fact that diets today are nowhere near as healthy as they used to be. Some simply blamed bad parenting, while many others brought up the COVID pandemic restrictions and lockdowns, blaming Democrats and blue states for closing schools, playgrounds, sports leagues and beaches, leading to a more sedentary lifestyle for children. Other commenters simply pointed out the flaws in the study’s logic, questioning why obesity isn’t more prevalent in hotter climates than in colder ones.
“Public health bureaucrats closed playgrounds, limited kid’s sports, and made a virtue of extended screen time. They closed schools and PE classes. In some places this went on for years. Maybe this headline writer lives in Florida or Sweden and missed the lockdowns?” asked Stanford professor Jay Bhattacharya.
Public health bureaucrats closed playgrounds, limited kid's sports, and made a virtue of extended screen time. They closed schools and PE classes. In some places this went on for years. Maybe this headline writer lives in Florida or Sweden and missed the lockdowns? https://t.co/NNvNYZ27CQ
— Jay Bhattacharya (@DrJBhattacharya) August 14, 2022
“Or! Their parents are fat and lazy. And bad parents. Didn’t even need a study to give you that truth,” responded BlazeTV host Sara Gonzales.
“NO. NO. NO. Many factors contribute to children’s lack of fitness, but climate change is NOT one of them. This is propaganda that CBS, as with all ‘mainstream’ media, pushes to scare Americans into accepting Government intervention–at any cost!!–against climate *apocalypse*,” wrote former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth.
“Yes, climate change is causing childhood obesity and not the fact that parents feed their kids sh**ty food and let them sit around staring at screens all day. Great piece of reporting here,” author Matt Walsh sarcastically replied.
“Lol yeah, ok, nothing to do with being glued to their electronic devices or the pervasive tendency of today’s society not to push children to excel at anything, least of all anything resembling sport,” said Jacqui Budden, political staffer for Quebec Senator Leo Housakos.
“How much fraud can you put into a report? I exercised for hours in 100 degree+ weather in 90% humidity when I was growing up in South Carolina over thirty years ago. Maybe it’s the screen time? Or your idiotic Covid hysteria? No, it couldn’t be. You con artists,” writer Kyle Becker responded.
“Bulls**t. You locked them at home for two years & there is an epidemic of helicopter parents who don’t let them engage in unsupervised play. Give me a break. I played outside in upper 90 & 100 degree heat because I was allowed to,” wrote columnist Stacey Lennox.
“’Climate change’ is a damn cult. And these ‘studies’ are junk science at best, a fraud at worst. Childhood obesity, in most cases, begins with crap parents who spoil their children and allow them to form bad eating habits,” said commentator Ken Gardner.
“As a kid I trained in 90* heat, no air conditioning, 7+ hours a day & needing water every 5 min wasn’t a thing. Maybe it’s screens+coddling+school/sports/playground closures. Not every issue is climate change,” responded former national champion gymnast Jennifer Sey.
“Being lazy and eating crappy food is child abuse, not climate change. You lying pieces of garbage. The media is evil,” replied bodybuilder Marc Lobliner.