Obesity Now Declared as a Disease

 
As you’ve probably heard since it’s been all over the media, on June 18, 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) has declared obesity as a disease requiring treatment. About time. What took them so long anyway? More than one-third of adults and approximately 17% of children are obese. They need help and it should be available if they want it.
 
There are conflicting opinions as to whether this is a good thing or not. Apparently, doctors have been reluctant to aggressively address weight issues with patients who are obese because of fear of offending them. Obesity has been compared to being the “elephant in the room.” It’s obvious, but it’s ignored.
 
With the AMA’s decision to declare obesity as a disease, the physician is now obligated to bring up the subject with the patient and actually suggest a treatment for it.
 
With obesity being declared as a disease doesn’t mean you can call in to work and say, “I can’t come in. I’m obese.” You know what I mean?
 
You can get more information about this here.

Some Cities and States See a Reversal in Childbood Obesity

 
According to an article dated October 24, 2012 in USA Today by Nanci Hellmich, due to nutritional changes adapted in a number of schools, childhood obesity has seen a slight reversal in several cities and states, namely: California, Mississippi, New York City, Philadelphia, Anchorage and El Paso, according to two groups that have recently issued a report on this subject. The past thirty years had seen increasing rates of childhood obesity and finally, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
 
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which goal is to reduce childhood obesity, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest based in Washington D.C. both came to the conclusion that the reversal of obesity in children is due to the effort that schools are making to address the obesity problem. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was directed by law to improve the standards of all food served in schools which affected approximately 53 million children.
 
However, parents need to be accountable too and can’t leave all of the responsibility of their children’s health to the government or the schools. Setting a good example at home by serving food that’s nutritious will, no doubt, have a positive effect on their children’s health.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign Scores a Victory

 
First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign scored a victory which was reported by the Chicago Tribune on 9/15/11.
 
The chief executive of the parent company for the Red Lobster and Olive Garden chains, Darden Restaurants, announced that the company is committed to cutting sodium and calories by 20%. In addition, fruits and vegetables will now become the “default” side dishes in children’s menus.
 
The First Lady unveiled The Childhood Obesity Task Force Report last spring urging restaurants to improve the health of American families by reducing portion sizes and making the default sides healthy ones. So when Darden Restaurants made their announcement, the First Lady commended the move as a “breakthrough moment for the restaurant industry.”
 
Hopefully, other restaurants will follow suit and start focusing on improving the health of American families instead of on their bottom lines.
 
There is light at the end of the tunnel, after all! 🙂

City Bans Toys in Some Fast Food Meals

 
As a strong message to curb childhood obesity, San Francisco is the first major city in the US to forbid fast food restaurants from offering toys with children’s meals, if the meals do not meet nutritional guidelines. This law, which will go into effect in December 2011, also mandates that fruits or vegetables be served with each meal that comes with a toy. A very progressive city, indeed!
 
Fast food has become a major target of childhood obesity activists and public health promoters. It is, without a doubt, a major contributor to the obesity epidemic that is rampant in the country today. Children are especially susceptible when toys are included with the meals. It’s a temptation few children can resist.
 
This legislation is a warning to the fast food industry to stop exploiting and endangering children’s health for financial gain.
 
Hopefully, this move will encourage other cities to emulate San Francisco’s lead.