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Old 01-16-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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Let's talk childhood obesity....

On this season's Biggest Loser they are getting involved in childhood obesity and the stats are absolutely mind blowing. Here a few.

* Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.

*In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.1,2

* Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 219 years are obese.

I think what struck me the most was the high percentage (I don't remember the number) of parents who didn't think their child was obese, that they looked of normal weight range.

How can we (generally speaking) let this happen? Who is responsible and who should be held accountable?

I just can't fathom how a parent can let their child get to a place where they are noticeably overweight. I'm not trying to judge, but I just don't understand. How does this happen? And, I'm mostly referring to younger children, ages 12 and under.

I'm interested to hear what others have to say about this.
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