Louis Yuhasz speaks on the growing worldwide problem of childhood obesity.
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Louis Yuhasz: I’m Louis Yuhasz, I’m the Executive Director of LouiesKids.org. Is childhood obesity becoming an epidemic? Louis Yuhasz: All you have to do is pick up a newspaper to understand that the obesity epidemic is just that an epidemic. And it’s not just in this country; it’s a global wide epidemic. Eastern cultures are reporting that they have a huge increased in obesity in youth because they adapting Western cultures, sedentary lifestyle, more television you know more intake less output. Africa we don’t necessarily liken obesity to Africa but there are regions in Africa where the numbers of obese children exceed to US. You really only need to read anything or to listen to the news to understand that it’s that the numbers have increase, boys versus girls I don’t know what’s the statistic are there. I do know that statistics are higher for children in a challenge economic bracket. Children’s from low income situations are the ones who are affected most. The percentages are higher in black children, Spanish children than they are in white children. There are some different percentages base on different types or groups with children but I think overall it’s alarming regardless of color race, age, we’re just seeing kids now also who are not just 30, 40, 50 pound overweight. Our organization is being introduced to children who are 100 of pounds overweight. We recently not an 18 year old boy that weighs over 640 pounds so when you understand that even by the child there weights are becoming higher and higher. You really do understand why they are using the term epidemic.