Obesity rates declining in the US?

After decades of rising childhood obesity rates, several American cities are reporting their first declines. The places that are reporting declines are those that are taking comprehensive action to address the childhood obesity epidemic; those who make healthy foods available in schools and communities and integrate physical activity into people's daily lives.
 
Some examples of these actions include;

  • New York City requires chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and licensed day care centres to offer daily physical activity, limit screen time, and set nutrition standards.
  • In Mississippi public schools are required to provide more physical activity time, offer healthier foods and beverages, and develop health education programs.
  • In 2007, California set strong nutrition standards for school snacks, and in 2009 it prohibited sugar-sweetened beverages in high schools. An obesity-prevention plan was released in 2008 and the state passed two laws, one requiring localities to support walking and bicycling in their transportation plans and another requiring large chain restaurants to post nutrition information.

With overweight and obesity costing the island of Ireland an estimated1.64 Billion Euro now is the time to take action.

  • Visit Weigh2Live for free, independent advice about losing weight (and keeping it off) in a healthy, sustained way.
  • Visit Little Steps for a step-by-step guide to eating well and being active for families.

 

Posted: 12/12/2012 09:34:12 by Emily Kelleher


 

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