Childhood Obesity

Recent reports on childhood obesity indicate that although interventions are taking place to address the problem, substantial challenges remain. Still, there is some promising news:

  • In May 2010, the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity released their recommendations for addressing this serious health issue using public and private actions, initiatives and benchmarks. The recommendations were centered around: education and empowerment of families to make healthy decisions, accessibility and affordability of healthy foods and increased physical activity.
  • Wellness programs in schools may hold the key to successfully addressing this health problem according to the results of a three-year study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This study, conducted by the The HEALTHY Study Group, found that while the interventions didn’t reduce the overweight and obesity rate overall, it did reduce the risk of diabetes and the rate of obesity in the highest risk group of children.