Reversing Childhood Obesity: A New Call to Action

November 4, 2014 5:20 PM

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For the past decade, a metaphorical fire has raged out of control, a conflagration of dire statistics on childhood obesity and the health and financial costs they portend. Here's a sampling: the tripling of obesity rates in kids over the past 30 years, $147 billion in annual health care costs related to obesity, and a projection that 40 percent of U.S. children born today will develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.

Childhood obesity is a five-alarm fire, but we have responded as if it's just a drill. Public relations campaigns, public service announcements, and other laudable projects have raised awareness. But prevention of childhood obesity needs a more sustained, large-scale, multi-sector approach. Recent s...

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