New Slightly Revamped Recs to Fight Child and Youth Obesity
The American Medical Association (AMA) convened a group of experts under the banner Expert Committee on the Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity (The committee is also co-funded by Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). It's a long report and breaks down the recommendations into stages, Stage 1 aimed to prevent weight gain and Stage 4 for aggressive weight management. The gist of the recommendations for kids (and parents to encourage) are as follows:
1. Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day (personally I don't think this is enough... but perhaps a more realistic goal for kids)
Of course the report gets into more detail and more specifics. But again these are all great recommendations and we need to continue to encourage parents and children to try to stick to them so they become the norm. And of course as adults we must be models of behavior. To read more go to http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/11759.html.
Have a fruit and veggie filled day!