Yes, There is a Problem

Apr 23, 2011 by

Yes, There is a Problem

Obesity. This is now a household word that brings up many cultural images – including those of exceptionally large children.  Public health tells us that we are in an epidemic, and movies like “Fast Food Nation” help to remind the general public that the problem is more multifaceted that teaching individuals to eat healthier and exercise more.  The trend data are compelling, and the most captivating projection asserts that our children may be the first generation with a lower life expectancy than the previous generation.

In Washington State, here is what we know today:

  • One in 10 young people were overweight in 2004.
  • Children that drink two or more sodas daily are more likely to be overweight than those who don’t.
  • Ninety percent of schools have easy access to unhealthy snack foods.
  • Only 25% of young people eat fruits and vegetables 5 or more times a day)
  • Pre-school children spend 2.5 hours in front of screens a day while 1/3 of pre-school children have a TV in their bedroom.

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