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The childhood obesity problem and immune balance

Posted May 11 2010 2:06pm

First Lady Michelle Obama announced in January she would be launching a national advocacy effort to fight FatKidpicchildhood obesity, a critical health issue in the United States that has been well documented.  The initiative is called Let’s Move .

Today, the Let’s Move organization, known more formally as The  Childhood Obesity Task Force, released a list of 70 action items that expert task force contributors recommended as necessary in achieving  significant reduction in obesity among America’s kids. The full report released today is available at this link.

My take? This is a great area for a renewed public and private sector effort because obesity contributes to so many health conditions it isn’t even funny. And yes, immune health deficiency is one of them.

As science has shown , “obesity can depress the immune system by interfering with the ability of white blood cells to produce antibodies. Research shows that overweight babies get twice as many infections as lean babies.”

If your immune health is distressed from an early age, that’s gotta set the stage for a lifetime of increased risk for all kinds of health conditions. Not good.

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