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Childhood Obesity – Nutritional Guidelines Make Sense

Posted Jun 16 2012 7:36am

From The Bluefield Daily Telegraph…..

With childhood obesity rates in the nation at a record high, a West Virginia lawmaker is asking Congress to develop, implement and promote new national dietary guidelines for pregnant women and children up to age 2.

No such standards currently exist. The amendment was jointly introduced last week by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. It requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop and implement the new national dietary guidelines.

Childhood obesity is certainly a problem in West Virginia. In fact, the Mountain State currently ranks 10th in the nation for the number of children who are obese.

According to the Trust for America’s Health, the average obesity rate in West Virginia for adults from 2008 to 2010 was 32.2 percent, which is the third highest in the nation. During that same time, the rate of diabetes in West Virginia was 12 percent, the second highest in the nation. In 2007, the obesity rate among children was 18.9 percent, or the 10th highest in the nation.

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