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Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is an increasing problem in this country as we now know that around fifteen percent of children and adolescents are considered obese. The rate of increase among children and adolescents who are considered obese has increased enormously over the past three decades. All of this has occurred in a time when the medical field knows more about what constitutes a healthy diet for children, what a good exercise regimen looks like for children, and how we can make healthy choices as kids about the foods we eat that will hopefully flow into life as an adult.

WHYY Education has worked on a number of fronts to bring the issue of childhood obesity to light. Here are some resources that may be helpful in understanding this health concern.

From TV12:

Stir It Up!, WHYY's pre-teen cooking show, teaches math and science as well as nutritional awareness and kitchen skills. Watch these clips online (requires Quicktime):


From News and Information:

Childhood obesity is getting a lot of attention these days. WHYY Morning Edition's Brenda Jorett talked with Dr. Dan Gottleib about what is ticking in the emotions of young people. (originally aired April 25, 2005)
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From Voices in the Family:

Fifteen percent of children and adolescents in America are obese. Over the past 30 years, this rate has more than doubled for pre-schoolers and adolescents, and it has tripled for children between the ages of 6-11. Why is obesity rising at such an alarming rate? What can families, schools and communities do to encourage healthy lifestyles? During this special membership drive edition of Voices in the Family, we'll listen to excerpts from a recent "In the Spirit of Family" discussion on the topic of Childhood Obesity. Our guests were Molly Kellogg, Allison Karpyn and Dr. Miles Faith. Kellogg is a therapist, nutritionist and writer. Karpyn is the director of research for the Food Trust. Dr. Miles Faith is associate professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. he specializes in research on childhood obesity. (originally aired October 16, 2006)
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From Radio Times:

What is the government really doing about America's obesity epidemic? While the USDA released a new food pyramid, its policies seem to run counter to their nutritional advice. MARION NESTLE, a nutrition and public health professor explains the issue. (originally aired August 18, 2005)
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Childhood obesity has tripled since 1980. How can we help our children lose weight? ROBERT BERKOWITZ is Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Center at the Children?s Hospital of Pennsylvania. He is also Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has been working in the field for 25 years. JODI KLECA is Clinical Dietician for St. Christopher?s Hospital for Children and sees patients in at the Healthy Weight Awareness Center. She also runs a program called ?Fun and Fit? which is an 8 week after school program for 7-18 year olds and their parents to teach about nutrition, physical activity and behavior change. (originally aired August 3, 2005)
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The childhood obesity epidemic. The statistics are grim, a study by Yale University predicts that if childhood obesity maintains its current pace, today?s children will suffer heart attacks and strokes by their early 20s. We?ll talk with SUSAN OKIE, author of ?Fed Up!: Winning The War Against Childhood Obesity.? Okie is a former medical reporter for The Washington Post, and currently is a family physician and contributing editor for the New England Journal of Medicine. (originally aired April 13, 2005)
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