Battle of the Bulge

The federal government says we're losing the fight against childhood obesity.

A report recently released, says a third of all American children are overweight or obese, which is more than last year.

The report from the government is called "Progress in Childhood Obesity", and its authors say there simply hasn't been enough.

The Institute of Medicine says programs are out there to help kids get fit, but it says those programs aren't coordinated, and hardly anyone is evaluating if they really work.

Experts say overall, there's not enough action being taken around the country.

Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, the Institute of Medicine chairperson, says, “We're not on the right track, we're not on the track. We're giving this a lot of verbal and rhetorical emphasis, but we're not putting our money where our mouths are.”

We're not acting as if there's an epidemic of pandemic flu coming down the road. We're not acting as if it's a terrorist threat.

The report says this threat is real.

Overweight kids are at risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health problems.

The Institute of Medicine recommends forming a high-level task force to put the issue high on the national agenda.


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