Community Groups Band Together Against Obesity

Community Groups Band Together Against Obesity

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(KSL News) -- Utah community groups are banding together to attack the obesity epidemic in children and teens.

Junior Jazz kids assembled at the Delta Center today to demonstrate an active lifestyle, something the Centers for Disease Control fears is disappearing among young people.

Under CDC guidelines, one in four Utah children is now considered overweight. The same holds true for many other states.

William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., Dir., CDC Div. of Nutrition & Physical Activity: "The frequency of overweight doubled between 1980 and 2000 in children, and tripled in teenagers over that same period."

Dr. William Dietz with the CDC says children have become overweight because of modest imbalances in diet and activity.

He says it won't take much to set things straight again, but public health, educators, businesses, even the media have to work together to promote the changes.

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