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  1. Evaluation and Treatment of Childhood Obesity (AAFP)
      "The prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States has risen dramatically in the past several decades. Although 25 to 30 percent of children are affected, this condition is underdiagnosed and undertreated. Hormonal and genetic factors are rarely the cause of childhood obesity; unnecessary diagnostic evaluations can be avoided with a careful history and physical examination. Because obese children may suffer life-long physical and emotional consequences, it is imperative to discuss prevention with parents during well-child examinations." 04-07

  2. Factsheet on Overweight in Children and Adolescents (Surgeon General)
      Provides facts and tips regarding overweight children and adolescents. 11-02

  3. Making Weight Loss a Family Affair (Mayo Clinic)
      "Preventing and treating childhood obesity requires the entire family. Here's how you can encourage a healthy weight in your home." 04-07

  4. Obese Children's Food Intake Increased 100% After Watching Ads (
      "Obese and overweight children increase their food intake by more than 100% after watching food advertisements on television; a study by the University of Liverpool psychologists has shown." 09-07

  5. Prevalence of Overweight in Children and Adolescents (Centers for Disease Control)
      "Results from the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), using measured heights and weights, indicate that an estimated 15 percent of children and adolescents ages 6-19 years are overweight." 11-02

  6. Recommendations Related to Obesity and Overweight in Children (American Heart Association)
      "In treating most obese children, the main emphasis should be to prevent weight gain above what's appropriate for expected increases in height. This is called prevention of increased weight gain velocity." 11-02

  7. Soft Drinks Likely Related to Obesity in Children (MSNBC News)
      "First, the use of soft drinks is likely related to the rise in childhood obesity. A variety of studies suggest that we don't eat fewer calories from other sources when we increase calories from beverages."

      "Although soft drink consumption among children has received the most critical attention in studies, the wide popularity of sports drinks, fruit drinks with only 5 to 20 percent juice and sweetened drinks made from powdered mixes are also concerns. These drinks carry extra calories and decrease children's consumption of nutrient-dense drinks. Parents should restrict these drinks as well." 10-04

  1. Walking and Bike Riding to School (Safe Routes to School)
      "Safe Routes to Schools projects encourage and enable children to walk and cycle to school through a combined package of practical and educational measures." 3-02

  2. Walking and Bike Riding to School (Walk to School Day)
      "Find out how Walk to School activities are being used to create more walkable and healthier communities all year long." 3-02


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