Schools vs. Childhood Obesity
According to the AFP, educators and health officials are stepping up the fight against fast food. Virginie Montet reports:
Fast food, television, soft drinks and a sedentary lifestyle are seen as the main culprits of childhood obesity, and schools -- in the absence of action on the part of families -- are beginning to take a stand…Sounds a lot like the move against energy drinks—insert battle cry here!
…About 1,800 researchers and general practitioners are taking part in a conference on obesity here, exchanging views on how better to combat obesity at the local or state levels.
A recent CDC study shows that the share of school cafeterias offering their students French fries as the only vegetable item on their menus has dropped from 40 percent in 2000 to 18.8 percent in 2006.
The CDC finances anti-obesity school programs in 23 states, and has seen some positive signs begin to emerge.
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