Eat less, exercise more. Seems like an easy enough concept, but it isn't working to cure the problem of childhood obesity yet. New research offered in the journal Pediatrics has a new idea, and it's simplicity might just work!
According to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 32 million Americans will become obese by the year 2030. That's in addition to the 34% of American adults that are currently considered obese. Many of those expected to become obese adults are currently obese children.
One mom who put her seven-year-old daughter on a strict diet after being diagnosed clinically obese is being criticized for putting her young daughter on a diet. Her daughter was being attacked at school for being overweight, so the mom decided to put her on a strict diet and started writing about it in a blog.
An eight-year-old boy from Ohio has been removed from his mother's home for being too chubby, according to The Daily Mail. Social workers have placed him in foster care and say his mother isn't doing enough to control his weight. He weighs 218 pounds which is almost the weight of four normal children his age.
In order to fight childhood obesity, Governor Rick Snyder wants doctors to start reporting the body fat levels of children under 18-years-old to a government registry. Snyder is hoping this information will allow officials to track down the problem and try to to cut down the obesity rates before kids become in adults.
Federal agencies are putting the spotlight on food marketing practices. McDonald’s spent $321 million on radio advertising last year. But how the fast food company allocates its budget may change as the federal government takes a closer look at childhood obesity.
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