It’s Our Own Fault Childhood Obesity Is In Crisis Mode

Filed under: In The News — @ September 15, 2006

Childhood obesity has become the public health crisis of our time and a new report from a panel of experts at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) believes the government should play a more active role with funding and leadership on a national level to bring it under control.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan, former U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director and current vice president of Academic Health Affairs at Woodruff Health Sciences Center at the Atlanta-based Emory University, said progress is being made to combat childhood obesity, but it is still uncertain why rates are not going down any faster.

Is this as important as stockpiling antibiotics or buying vaccines? I think it is,” Dr. Koplan exclaimed. “It’s of a different nature than acute infectious threats, but it needs to be taken just as seriously.”

While it’s all well and good to be outraged by childhood obesity getting worse and worse, Dr. Koplan, why should we expect anything to change?

bq. There are many reasons why childhood obesity has not gotten any better, not the least of which is our government’s lack of acknowledging that we have a problem in the first place. However, even if they do fess up to the fact that our kids are getting fatter and fatter, all we get from our government is another gimmicky answer like the Kid’s Food Pyramid that doesn’t translate into sound nutritional advice for children to adhere to. Kids these days are bombarded with junk food ads but it is the parents who need to take ownership for this problem and responsibility for their children’s eating and fitness routine.

Click here to read more about the IOM report and why we don’t need to throw more money at the childhood obesity problem to try to solve it as they suggest.

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