Medical and government officials team up to fight childhood obesity - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Medical and government officials team up to fight childhood obesity

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -  A new government report out Tuesday from the Institute of Health says where you live might well affect your child's waistline. 

So, the Institute Of Medicine is advising local governments on how to fight fat, with strategies like using taxes and zoning laws to keep fast food away from schools, and pushing supermarkets and restaurants to provide healthier choices. Already, some cities are making the effort. New York has launched an ad campaign targeting soft drinks and Chicago just hiked taxes on soft drinks and candy. 

Here at home, on HealthWise at 5, Dr. Daina Dremaine, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Texas Tech Health Science Center, says parents can help prevent diabetes and other diseases by encouraging lifestyle changes. "Not one certain food is causing diabetes, but it's just you're overweight, so reasonable eating, fruits vegetables, controlling body weight would be the best prevention," said Dr. Dremaine.

Dr. Dremaine adds when you pack a lunch for kids, who says you have to put chips in with that sandwich?  Because good nutrition packed in that lunch for school will gets kids accustomed to eating fruits and vegetables at every meal.

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