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Health Affairs Policy Briefs Examine Child Obesity



March 2nd, 2010
by Chris Fleming

In conjunction with its March 2010 issue on child obesity, Health Affairs has prepared a series of policy briefs. The new Health Affairs volume demonstrates that policy leaders can and should take crucial steps to address the obesity epidemic,  and the briefs encapsulate policy recommendations from articles in the March issue. The briefs also contain links back to the full-length Health Affairs articles for additional information.

The briefs, which are freely available to all, include:

Overview: The State Of Childhood Obesity In America

The Role Of Agriculture Policy In Reducing Childhood Obesity

Food Marketing And Distribution’s Role In The Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Speeding Up Progress In Fighting Obesity In Schools

Lessons From States On Fighting Childhood Obesity

The Pervasive Effects Of Environments On Childhood Obesity

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  1. acronkr Says:

    I definitely agree with Amy. Many say we have no right to eliminate sugary, fatty, and otherwise nutritionally lacking foods. I disagree. The one policy brief about speeding up progress in schools comments on the fact that kids consume 40% of their energy at school. Regardless of what they are fed at home, if at least half of their day is nutritious and low in calories then we will be able to make some progress in the fight against childhood obesity. A recent article came out that the USDA is allowed to classify tomato paste on pizza as a vegetable. Yes it’s hard to get kids to eat their vegetables but this classification is ridiculous. I don’t think all unhealthy foods should be eliminated. A treat here and there is just fine. Just don’t offer it for lunch every single day. If every day you offer a child the choice between salad and french fries, it’s obvious what they are going to choose.

  2. Amy Considine Says:

    I applaud the mission and work that Mrs. Obama has taken on. We need to do everything in our power to give our kids healthy, nutritionally sound food. But there is another area that desperately needs our attention. What’s missing is the focus on changing the way our food is produced. Many of the food that is advertised to kids (and adults) as healthy has hidden poisons in it in the form of MSG or monosodium glutamate and other artificial ingredients. These ingredients trick our brains into eating more, and thus, keep us fatter and sicker. These poisons and excitotoxins should first be exposed, and then eliminated from our food supply. You can read more about this at:

    http://cchronicle.com/2010/02/msg-by-any-other-name/

    http://cchronicle.com/2010/02/msg-by-any-other-name-part-ii/

    Please do your part to educate yourselves about the ingredients in our food and then read labels before buying or eating food that contains these poisons.

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