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Childhood Obesity: A Winnable Battle! December 6, 2012 Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH State Health Officer Washington State Department of Health. We Have A Crisis! We Need Everyone ’ s Attention/Help The Battle is Winnable!.
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Childhood Obesity: A Winnable Battle! December 6, 2012 Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH State Health Officer Washington State Department of Health
We Have A Crisis! • We Need Everyone’s Attention/Help • The Battle is Winnable!
Shocking Statistics: In 1970, less than 5% of American Children were obese. By 2010 that figure more than tripled to 17% • 1 in 3 children born in 2000 will develop diabetes at some point in his or her lifetime. Among African-American and Latino children, that number is one-in-two. • Being overweight or obese increases a child’s risk of developing asthma by as much as 52%
More Statistics from 2011 National Youth Risk • Behavior Survey • 13 % were obese • 6% did not eat vegetables during the seven days prior to the survey • 11% drank a can, bottle or glass of soda three or more times per day during the seven days before the survey. • 71% were physically active at least 60 minutes per day on less than seven days during the week prior to the survey. • 69% did not attend physical education classes daily when they were in school. • 32% watched television three or more hours per day on an average school day. • 31% used computers three or more hours per day on average school day. • Almost half of obese teenage girls become severely obese by age 30. Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Obesity among children is not something we can continue to hope our children will outgrow! • Solutions: We have to change the way we live, the choices we make and focus on individual/community environments • Getting it right in the beginning means getting it right for life!
The Public Health approach • must be taken to reverse these trends
INDIVIDUALRESPONSIBILITY • The choices we make are shaped by the choices we have!
SOCIETYRESPONSIBILITY • Kids and Families need help and support from policies and systems
Focus on the Environment • Preventing and Treating Childhood Obesity
Take home conclusions • Prevention is our greatest hope to stop this crisis! • Preventing obesity is a societal challenge, similar to climate change. It requires partnership between government, science, business and civil society. Philanthropy can also help!
“You cannot achieve what you • cannot envision” • We can do this!
RESOURCES • The Weight of the Nation: • hbo.com/theweightofthenation • Twitter.com/WeightoftheNtn • #weightofthenation • Facebook.com/theweightofthenation • Youtube.com/hbodocs
Resources • Social Media Revolution 2011 Youtube video -http://youtu.be/3SuNx0UrnEo