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US: IOM report – Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance

The US Institute of Medicice has released a new report:

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance

It sets out the actions required by US schools, families, communities, industry, and Government to prevent childhood obesity.

“Reversing the rapid rise in obesity among American children and youth will require a multipronged approach by schools, families, communities, industry, and government that would be as comprehensive and ambitious as national anti-smoking efforts, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. While no single intervention or group acting alone can stop the epidemic of childhood obesity, the steps recommended by the committee that wrote the report all aim to increase and improve opportunities for children to engage in physical activity and eat a healthy diet.”

Source: National Academies press release, 30 Oct 2004

Published on October 30, 2004 in International news