Obesity Threatens Children In America

WASHINGTON (JCHAYWARD.COM) — One in five children are either overweight or obese and that number is growing in America. Georgetown Hospital’s, Dr. Matthew Levy, joined JC on Tuesday to discuss the crisis and provide essential tips to make sure your child stays fit.

Dr. Levy recently worked on a report from the bipartisan policy center called Lots to Lose: How America’s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens Our Economic Future. See the report here: http://bipartisanpolicy.org/library/lotstolose

With the looming fiscal cliff discussions, Dr. Levy believes childhood obesity and our health care expenditures should be reformed.

“With 17-18% of GDP going toward health expenditures, I would argue that any entitlement reform must include a change in focus from sickness to wellness,” explained Dr. Levy.

Dr. Levy believes that we need to put our focus on getting people healthier as we only spend 3-4% of health expenditures on prevention and almost 88% on treatment of illness.



For parents to battle the bulge, here are 10 simple tips.

1. Get rid of the sugar-sweetened drinks in the house.

2. Keep the amount of TV, video games, and computer (unless its homework) to less than two hours a day.

3. Try to have families meals not in front of the TV.

4. Try to have a vegetable and/or fruit at each meal.

5. Bake, Broil, Boil and Grill Don’t fry and sautee but if you have too, use olive oil.

6. Move more-even if it’s walking while you are watching TV, but get out and take a walk.

7. Make sure your child is eating breakfast.

8. Turn your food around. Read the label. If it has two or more ingredients you can’t pronounce or recognize, don’t eat it.

9. Shop locally when you can.

10. Breastfeed your babies for six months.