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Simple Solution To Curb Childhood Obesity

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Simple Solution To Curb Childhood Obesity

( obesity for those less than 17 years old is now at record levels, affecting one out of four children in the United States. Moreover, recent studies indicate that not only are American children obese, they are developing adult conditions-such as type 2 diabetes-at an earlier age.

Even though obesity is a complex, multi-faceted condition characterized by excess body fat, the solution to curbing this epidemic is simple-move your body more and eat healthy foods. For children, physical activity can be as simple as walking the dog, joining a sports team, riding a bike or playing in the park. A healthy body works and feels better, accomplishes more and, most important, is less likely to develop certain illnesses like diabetes or heart problems.

A good diet includes a variety of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, whole-grain breads and milk, which fuel the body. A diet should also limit the quantities of fat and sugar since these foods do not contain healthful nutrients.

With all this in mind, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has launched a new program, Power of Prevention through Fitness and Nutrition, which takes the message of the importance of physical activity and good nutrition to America's youth. AACE volunteer members throughout the country will visit sixth grade classrooms in their communities to discuss healthy living habits.

"Simply changing your diet and including daily physical activity can improve not only your physical well-being, but your outlook on life," said Donald A. Bergman, MD, FACE, AACE president. "The sooner children develop healthy habits, the more likely they will maintain this lifestyle into adulthood."

Another important component of the project is the "Rx for Physical Activity," a handout co-sponsored by the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) which outlines how physical activity can be incorporated into children's lives.

For more information, visit AACE's patient-friendly Web site, Children can find information on how an unhealthy lifestyle affects their bodies, learn about body mass index (BMI) for children, find helpful hints to better living and more. Also, for information on PCPFS, visit and

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