The Skinny on Childhood Obesity

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I applaud Michelle Obama for targeting childhood obesity as a priority and advocating for programs that improve the well-being of our youth. But I challenge her approach as it does not go far enough.

While efforts to increase the number of “healthy schools,” encourage more exercise, and improve the availability of more nutritious food in low-income neighborhoods are noble, they do not attack the real enemy in the battle of the bulge: the number of excess calories available to eat. This is the missing link.

Rather than looking at the food industry as a pariah, it’s time to reach out to them.

Putting into effect tax incentives that entice food companies to sell fewer calories will yield more tangible results than pushing for more consumer behavioral change. These incentives can be structured to reward companies that cut their calories. Conversely, if marketers continue to spew excess calories on the public, they would risk losing favorable tax treatments.

An Obama program fueled by an energized food industry would be a strong one-two punch to knockout obesity. Our children’s health depends on it.

5 Responses to “The Skinny on Childhood Obesity”

  1. Obesity in the US is growing to be a real problem!I’m glad there are sites like yours bringing light to the situation.

  2. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

  3. Jo says:

    Recent studies agree with you on this. I think that Michele Obama
    is really trying to do some good work, but she is not nearly as
    informed as she should be. She is an Ivy educated woman, she should
    exercise her smarts!

  4. anonymous says:

    I saw a news report about a program that both brings fitness into the classroom and promotes awareness for the need of physical activity in the lives of children. Many kids today are not getting the amount of exercise they need and are also uneducated about the health risks of eating poorly. The campaign helps to reinvent recess by increasing students’ activity through alternative and creative movements, with the help of dance instructors.

    The program initially was only implemented in Connecticut schools, but with its success and the overall concern of the issue at hand, it is now available to schools across the country. As part of the launch program, a video contest has been announced for children and young teens in grades 2-8 with efforts to address childhood obesity. I found this information on their site, http://www.recessrocks.com.

  5. Nice buddy, is it all right if I link to you from my medical blog?

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