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Tips offered to overcome threat of childhood obesity

Tips offered to overcome threat of childhood obesity

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 8:01 pm

Childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years. About one out of every three children or teens is overweight or at risk of being overweight. Because children’s bodies are still developing, the damage to organs triggers medical problems extending throughout their lifetimes, according to a report issued by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Task Force on Childhood Obesity.
• Fruits, Vegetables, Grains — Providing a diet  that includes six to nine servings of fruits, vegetables and grains per day  will change your family’s life.
It will give them more energy, enable them to  exercise more effectively and truly give everyone the fuel they  need.
• Preparation — It’s easy to let  the fast-paced nature of American life become the tail that wags the dog with  regard to you and your family’s nutrition. Each meal should be thought of as  sustenance, and you should ask yourself every day, “What is this meal doing  for my body and my family’s bodies?”    
• Food as Fuel — The cooking show  revolution on cable has America’s mouths watering for tasty  new dishes, but if you want to actually be healthier, you should also regard  your food as the stuff that fuels your body.  You wouldn’t put garbage in your car.

wcp 4/19/11

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