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Childhood Obesity Needs Comprehensive Solution

Posted May 31 2012 6:27am

From EMC…..

Recently, the provincial government announced an ambitious goal of reducing child obesity rates by 20 per cent over the next five years. Many commentators on the issue, including Kate Hammer and Tamara Baluja in the May 23 Globe and Mail article “War on child obesity: out of the cafeteria and onto the playground”, focus heavily on the role of schools as a means of meeting this goal, and debate whether improving cafeteria meals or increasing physical activity in schools is a more effective means of doing so.

While a school’s culture can certainly play a large role in influencing kids to live healthier lifestyles, we believe that medical professionals and parents should also be encouraged to do more in the struggle against child obesity.

For instance, if the medical community spent half the time and energy encouraging parents to feed children a balanced, properly portioned diet as they spend stressing the health benefits of breastfeeding babies, perhaps more parents would think twice before taking their families to fast food restaurants multiple times a week.

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