Navigation Links
Ways to Curb Childhood Obesity Outlined in U.S. Report
Date:6/23/2011

THURSDAY, June 23 (HealthDay News) -- Strategies to encourage physical activity, healthy eating and good sleep habits are needed to reduce high rates of obesity among infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the United States, says an Institute of Medicine report released Thursday.

Limiting children's TV time is a key recommendation.

Rates of excess weight and obesity among U.S. children ages 2 to 5 have doubled since the 1980s. About 10 percent of children from infancy up to age 2 years and a little more than 20 percent of children ages 2 to 5 are overweight or obese, the report said.

"Contrary to the common perception that chubby babies are healthy babies and will naturally outgrow their baby fat, excess weight tends to persist," report committee chair Leann Birch, professor of human development and director in the Center for Childhood Obesity Research at Pennsylvania State University, said in an institute news release.

"This is a national concern because weight-related conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure once occurred almost exclusively in adults but are now occurring at rising rates among teens and young adults," Birch said.

"Child care providers, health professionals, and policymakers can be helpful partners to parents in reducing obesity risk by creating healthy environments and implementing positive practices during the crucial early years of development," she added.

Tackling only one factor will not solve the problem of obesity among infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The issue requires a wide-ranging approach that includes identifying when young children are overweight, increasing physical activity, encouraging healthy eating, and making sure children get enough sleep, the report said.

Recommendations include:

  • Limiting young children's television and other media use,
  • Requiring child-care providers to promote healthy sleeping practices,
  • Educating parents about age-appropriate sleep times and good sleep habits,
  • Requiring child-care providers to provide opportunities and environments that encourage physical activity,
  • Increasing efforts to promote breast-feeding,
  • Requiring child-care facilities and preschools to follow the meal patterns established by the U.S. Child and Adult Care Food Program.

The report recommendations are aimed at policymakers and health-care and child-care providers, but these professionals can educate and support parents in establishing health habits in the home, too, the report authors said.

The institute is under the umbrella of the National Academy of Sciences.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines how parents can keep their children at a healthy weight.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Institute of Medicine, news release, June 23, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. NASBE Supports First Lady Michelle Obama in Fight Against Childhood Obesity
2. Childhood obesity: Its not the amount of TV, its the number of junk food commercials
3. Planting Seeds to Fight Childhood Obesity
4. PolicyLink CEO Angela Glover Blackwell Released the Following Statement on First Lady Michelle Obamas Childhood Obesity Initiative
5. AMA Joins First Lady in Fight Against Childhood Obesity
6. Soothing infants with food focus of childhood obesity study
7. In Support of the Lets Move Campaign to Fight Childhood Obesity, Verizon Thinkfinity Providing Free Educational Resources on Nutrition and Exercise
8. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation Names Celtics Captain Paul Pierce National Athlete Spokesperson in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
9. New therapeutic target for most common solid cancer in childhood?
10. High Rates of Childhood Leukemia Seen in Iraq Province
11. International study confirms doubling of childhood leukemia rates in southern Iraq
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Ways to Curb Childhood Obesity Outlined in U.S. Report
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Casa Velas, an adults-only boutique ... precious stones to complement its new wellness suites . The two 1,350 sq. ... a plethora of special services and insuite amenities, from a custom soap selection and ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Laser Skin & Wellness Center is excited ... time of female aging. The Juliet™ procedure helps to reverse the ... leakage, laxity, itchiness and pain have reported real relief from these and other problems ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... TX (PRWEB) , ... May 25, 2016 , ... ... the United States, named Dr. Anh Tat Nguyen, as the Medical Director of its ... the facility Medical Director of our new DeSoto location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Sterling Global Products is launching a Kickstarter campaign ... hanging wipe dispenser. The campaign kick-off video is located via this link https://youtu.be/WsO4qz2odco ... The goal is to raise $1,000 per day for a total of $25,000. The ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Women's Excellence ... Roberta Jordan is a Certified Nurse Midwife who was born and raised in ... went on to complete her masters degree from the University of Mexico. Roberta ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... STAMFORD, Conn. , May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Company has entered into an agreement with Egalet ... various patent claims. As part of the agreement ... rights, and will enable all three companies to ... abuse-deterrent properties. "This agreement reflects the ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... India , May 20, 2016 ... Survey Report 2016 to Medical Devices of its ... and in-depth survey on the current state of ... overview of the industry like definitions, classifications, Specifications, ... information about manufacturing process like Raw Material Suppliers, ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... , May 20, 2016 ... Therapeutic Antibody Technologies, Insulins, Growth Hormones, Recombinant Coagulation ... Biological Drugs - This New Study Reveals Selling ... Ahead ,What is the future ... the latest technological and commercial analysis. Staying ahead ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: