An Obesity Epidemic

An Obesity Epidemic

An Obesity Epidemic

You’ve probably already heard that we are raising the most overweight, out-of-shape generation of children in history. In October 2004, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the latest round of figures. What is amazing is that the problem isn’t staying the same, but keeps increasing, year after year. There was no significant increase between 1960 and 1980, but since 1980, the percent of overweight children has been rising dangerously. When comparing children ages 6 to 19 years, the percentage of overweight children has tripled since 1980.

Obesity among children is literally an epidemic. Unless we get kids moving and teach them to enjoy healthy foods, the outlook for their long-term health is bleak. But we can change things. Tobacco use was once thought to be inevitable; now its use has fallen by half. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for all of us, children and adults, if weight problems fell by half over the next several years?

Dr. Alan Greene

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Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

 

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