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Creating Fat-fighting Communities


logo_ksltv00Report: Tips on creating fat-fighting communities
September 1st, 2009 @ 5:43am

By LAURAN NEERGAARD
AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – Where you live matters when it comes to children’s waistlines, says a report that finds lots of options localities could and should use to fight child obesity _ from easy bike paths, to luring healthier stores, to taxes on junk food.

Yes, whether you snack on a carrot or a doughnut is a personal choice, ultimately. But the report by the Institute of Medicine says local environments hugely influence those choices _ and it calls on city and county governments to make it easier for families to make healthier decisions.

“In some communities, actually doing the healthy thing is not as easy as it might be in other places,” said Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, who chaired the institute’s report.

“Single actions can make a difference, and one at a time can start you in the right direction,” he added.

Two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, and childhood obesity has tripled in the past three decades. Nearly 18 percent of adolescents now are obese, and doctors worry that we’re raising generations who no longer may outlive their parents. Read more

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