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About Child Obesity

RALEIGH, N.C. — The childhood obesity epidemic in our country is getting worse. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that one in three children is overweight. The largest increase appears to be in black and Hispanic children.

Children who are overweight are at greater risk for developing diabetes and heart disease. Researchers like Dr. Richard Strauss said the study should trigger a call to action.

One of the most visible national debates in America at this time deals with childhood obesity. There are a number of lawsuits pending that argue the case that the snack food industry is killing our kids. National statistics reveal a staggering increase in childhood illnesses directly related to lack of good food choices and exercise.

On July 21st, 2003 the Surgeon General of the United States, Richard Carmona launched a pilot program aimed at reducing and preventing childhood obesity. “Get Kids in Action”, the $4 million dollar program directed by researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and underwritten by Gatorade, targets physicians, community organizations and families in a drive to make kids more physically active.

On July 9th, 2003, Tommy Thompson, the Secretary of The US Department of Health and Human Services was all over the airwaves discussing childhood obesity and the problems with trans-fatty acids and high cholesterol.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — All packaged foods sold across America will have to carry labels telling people how much artery-clogging trans-fats they contain under new U.S. government regulations issued on Wednesday…Found in meat, milk, cookies and fries, trans-fats raise cholesterol, especially "bad" or LDL cholesterol.

The Institute of Medicine is undertaking a study assessing the nature of childhood obesity in the United States and developing a recommendations to decrease its prevalence that focus on prevention. The Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth is considering local, environmental, medical, dietary, and other factors responsible for the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity as it identifies promising methods for prevention and suggests research opportunities.