Child health policy| Volume 18, ISSUE 6, P416-420, December 2003

Childhood obesity: policy issues in 2003

      The problem of obesity is one that is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. The proportion of overweight and obese people in the United States and other heavily industrialized nations is increasing at an alarming rate. In December 2001, The Surgeon General declared it a top national priority in his report “A Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity” (
      • Carmona R.H
      ). Obesity is directly related to an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, and even premature death. The increasing number of overweight people in the United States, therefore, represents a veritable public health threat to the entire population. Fortunately, obesity is preventable in most of its cases. The current culture with its prevalence of fast food, the dearth of healthy eating options, and the sedentary lifestyles of most Americans is not conducive to preventing obesity. New policy must strive to counteract the current cultural effects in order to create effective preventative measures against obesity.
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