Friday, March 10, 2006

We're making our kids fat!

We knew it was happening, but now a new study has proven that we are making our kids fat. In fact, according to a report published by the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, the study estimates that by 2010, half of all American kids will be overweight.

now, we knoew that we in the US were really bad on this front, but due to the increased proliferation of American junk food restaurants throughout the world, kids are getting fat faster in other parts of the world.

"In the European Union, about 38 percent of all children will be overweight if present trends continue — up from about 25 percent in recent surveys, the study said.

“We have truly a global epidemic which appears to be affecting most countries in the world,” said Dr. Philip James, chairman of the International Obesity Task Force and author of an editorial in the journal warning of the trend.

The percentages of overweight children also are expected to increase significantly in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Egypt have rates comparable to fully industrialized nations, James said.

He estimated that, for example, one in five children in China will be overweight by 2010.

Why are we crippling our children before they even have a chance at life? This is shameful. We need to get our kids away from the X box and back in the sandbox, and take the Mickey D's out of their mouths and put a carrot in it.


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