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Childhood Obesity Awareness

September 26
17:13 2013

kids_food_smallChildren in Arizona and elsewhere are the focus of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The effort attempts to shine a light on what some health and medical experts call an epidemic. According to the National Childhood Obesity Awareness website, more than 23-million children and teens in the U-S are overweight or obese. According to the most recent figures from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Arizona is the sixth-highest state for its percentage of childhood obesity.

Pediatrician Dr. Bill Cosgrove says children struggling with extra weight can have serious health problems now and in the future like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke. He says it can also hurt a child’s chance of having fun, at school and with friends. Cosgrove says families eating more fast food and exercising less are among the major causes of obesity, both in children and adults. He also says moms and dads should lead by example, by exercising with their kids and also eating healthier food,

“What’s healthiest for the family is to have the parents not send the kids out to exercise, but take the kids out to exercise. Obviously, the exercise is good for the parents, too.”

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month encourages parents and the community at large to promote and embrace the benefits of an active lifestyle and a healthy diet.

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