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Childhood Obesity Report Recommendation 1 - Early Childhood

Posted May 17 2010 4:18pm
Childhood obesity is a really big problem in our country and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity published their report last week including five broad recommendations on how to address this issue. I'll be discussing each of these recommendations over the next five days. Please feel free to comment below or send me an e-mail with any questions.

The first recommendation has to do with early childhood because about one in five children are overweight or obese by age six. The topics included in this section are: prenatal care, breastfeeding, chemical exposures, screen time, early care and education.

1. Prenatal care: Pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy should be aware of the importance of conceiving at a healthy weight and having a healthy weight gain during pregnancy.

2. Breastfeeding: Pregnant women should understand the importance of breastfeeding and breastfeeding should be supported in relevant environments.

3. Chemical exposures: Research should be conducted on the impact of chemicals on obesity and diabetes.

4. Screen time: Children under the age of two should not be exposed to television and children over age two should limit exposure to 1-2 hours of quality programming per day. This recommendation is made by the American Academy of Pediatrics and more parents need to know about it.

5. Early Care and Education: Child care facilities need better guidance on increasing physical activity, improving nutrition and reducing screen time in early child care settings.

What do you think about these recommendations? Are they idealistic or do you think they are necessary in light of the magnitude of the issue?

Tomorrow I'll be discussion recommendation #2 which is called "empowering parents and caregivers."
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