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Childhood obesity predicted to shorten kids lives.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, made the opening remarks at the conference, "Weight of the Nation".  She stated

"the childhood obesity epidemic so severe in our country that this generation of kids could be the first in more than 200 years to live shorter lives than their parents"

 I remember the first time I heard this claim in 2005 by our Surgeon General.  I had to reread the article.  With all our technology, with all our advances in medicine, as a nurse I could not believe this was true.  As a mother, I was scared and worried about my children and my children's children.  That was the shocking statistic that made me start

Here it is 2009, and I am reading the same prediction.  This time I am not dumbfounded, this time I am not shocked.  This time I am energized to continue to find ways to reach out to children and make healthy eating a fun topic they enjoy learning about.

I know that early education (before kids have formed their habits) is one of the most important strategies in fighting childhood obesity long term. I also know that most kids, regardless of their weight don't eat a balanced diet; they are missing many nutrients.  This can effect their learning ability and long term health.

Please help me spread the word and get all kids learning about nutrition in a fun, positive way.




Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009 @ 01:25 PM

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Thursday, Jul 30, 2009 @ 11:01 AM

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This is true that the children of today are just not health conscious they live on fast food and junk food and lose out on required nutrients.

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