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Growing Up Big

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Twelve year-old Kayla is being teased in school because she is overweight, and it's affecting her performance as a student. 15-year old Sam is arguing with her mother, because she wants her to lose weight, and exercise more, but Sam doesn't want weight to be the focus of her life. These are not unusual stories.

Millions of children in America are struggling with weight issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 more than doubled in the past 20 years, going from 6.5% in 1980 to 17.0% in 2006. The rate among adolescents aged 12 to 19 more than tripled. The rates for overweight children also tripled among preschoolers and adolescents in the last thirty years, and quadrupled among children aged 6-11. What are the factors that have contributed to the dramatic rise in childhood obesity, and what can be done to reverse this trend? On Monday September 29th at 12pm Growing Up Big explores the medical and psychological effects of childhood obesity. We find out how our eating habits have changed, how advertising is affecting kids and what is the outcome of sedentary lifestyles. We also discuss discuss what kids, parents, communities, schools and researchers are doing to move the needle back on the scales.

For this program:

We visited the ChesPenn After-School Wellness program at the Healthplex of the Springfield Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Kids enrolled in the Healthplex's Summer Camp.

We interviewed families participating in the Healthy Weight Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

We also interviewed teens from the Urban Nutrition Initiative.
Listen as they share a recipe for healthy and quick marinara sauce with us.

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Teens holding vegetables grown in the Urban Nutrition Initiative garden.