Fighting Childhood Obesity

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Childhood obesity rates are reaching alarming levels. Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at a recent study that looked at ways to reverse the trend in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A growing number of preschool-age children in the United States are overweight or obese and greater efforts are needed to address the problem,

In a recent report, the Institute of Medicine outlined policies designed to reduce obesity by promoting healthy eating, exercise and sleep habits among infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

One in 10 infants and toddlers in the United States and one in five children between the ages of 2 and 5 are overweight.

Addressing the problem in very young children is critical because obesity-related conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are occurring with greater frequency among older children, teens and young adults.

The report included recommendations to help promote more physical activity, healthy eating and sufficient sleep time.

The Institute of Medicine called on health care providers to encourage new moms to breastfeed exclusively for six months, and the group called on federal officials to establish clear dietary guidelines for children under the age of 2.

This is the period of life when children are establishing food preferences and eating patterns.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.