Obesity… coming to a child near youPosted: April 5, 2010 in Obesity Medicine by Craig Primack MD FACP
A new study that hit the newspapers today shows that among 4 year olds: nearly “13 percent of Asian children were obese, along with 16 percent of whites, almost 21 percent of blacks, 22 percent of Hispanics, and 31 percent of American Indians.
Obesity is the reason our children will for the first time ever live shorter lives than their parents. This is such an epidemic that I am surprised that it is not on the front page of the newspaper! Our clinic was recently looking for a childhood obesity charity to give proceeds from a charity walk/run that we will put on for the second time this November in Scottsdale. We could not find an Arizona Charity for childhood Obesity. Not even one!
My children’s school sells fruity and sugary drinks after school (every Friday afternoon) as the children are leaving school. Many of the kids get one and the other parents who do not want to get one are almost forced to as “all the other kids are getting one .”
Things are going to have to change in our society regarding food and the marketing of food.