Flavour of the Week

Childhood Obesity

flavour-of-the-week-logoChildhood obesity is a pressing topic with lots of media coverage. I’ve highlighted articles from the past week outlining 3 different strategies/initiatives designed to reduce childhood obesity.

Chain Restaurants Will Make Kid’s Menus Healthier
The National Restaurant Association in the US proposes to make kid’s menus healthier. Although one must applaud their effort, I’m not convinced these guidelines are sufficient to qualify as a “healthy” meal.  Additionally, the unhealthy options will still be available so we are relying on children (or their parents) to choose the fruits and vegetables over the fries.  Finally, participation is optional and several large chains (McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut etc.) are noticeably absent from the list of participating chains. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43738594/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/t/chain-restaurants-will-make-kids-menus-healthier/ and here is the link to the National Restaurants Association if you want more information http://www.restaurant.org/foodhealthyliving/kidslivewell/

National Childhood Obesity Week
It was National Childhood Obesity Week last week in the UK. Check out the website for some initiatives in the UK to get children moving.  Something to consider for Canada? http://www.mendcentral.org/aboutus/mendin2011/moveitweek

Should Extremely Obese Children be Taken from Parents?
Here an article from the Globe and Mail suggests that extremely obese children should/could be placed in foster care to help them control their body weight. The article is interesting but much more fascinating is the comments section. Where do you stand? http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/should-extremely-obese-children-be-taken-from-parents/article2095981/ and here is the link to the original article in JAMA http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/2/206.extract?sid=d94ee7ac-23f6-4049-a161-83fd515ced8b


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