Sunday, May 18, 2008

Childhood Obesity Focus

Was away a few day, come back home in Loudoun to a front page, above the fold piece in the Sunday Post on childhood obesity.
Patterns of eating and activity, often set during early childhood, are influenced by government and education policies, cultural factors and environmental changes. Income and ethnicity are implicated, though these days virtually every community has a problem.

In affluent Loudoun County, more than a third of 2- to 5-year-olds are overweight. In some lower-income wards in the District, almost half of all schoolchildren and pre-adolescents fit that label. In middle-class Prince George's County, nearly a quarter of all children through age 17 are overweight.

Would like to have read more on the causes, but it's a start. Let's hear something about the disconnect with nature.