With the declared goal of curbing childhood obesity within a generation, First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off a major initiative on Tuesday to bring down the nation's alarming rates of obesity among children and youth. The White House-endorsed "Let's Move" campaign takes a comprehensive approach to engage partners such as food companies, media and entertainment firms, professional athletes, federal agencies, and health professional societies in taking steps to promote healthy food choices and active lifestyles. The Institute of Medicine has provided an evidentiary foundation on childhood nutrition and prevention of childhood obesity to help guide policymakers and others in tackling this important issue.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is eager to support the First Lady Michelle Obama in her critical efforts to combat childhood obesity. As the largest nursing organization in the U.S., ANA stands ready to assist the First Lady to address this significant health problem through her program, "Let's Move" America's Move for a Healthier Generation. "Nurses see first hand the devastating effects of obesity, " said ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR. "We recognize the impact it has on our society and our health system. Obesity can increase the risk of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension as well as many other illnesses.
First Lady Michelle Obama announced yesterday an initiative to reverse rising levels of childhood obesity - and scientific research from the American College of Sports Medicine backs up the strategies related to physical activity in her "Let's Move" campaign. Multiple studies published in ACSM's official scientific journal confirm that higher levels of activity - important in combating obesity - have positive effects for children beyond just weight management. Perhaps the most encouraging research finds that the most active kids also fare the best in school. In one study of more than 200 middle-schoolers, students who participated in vigorous physical activity after school earned better grades on their report cards.
The American Diabetes Association applauds First Lady Michelle Obama's childhood obesity campaign Let's Move! America's Move for a Healthier Generation. The Association was present during today's announcement at the White House. Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes. If current trends in childhood obesity continue, nearly one in three American children born in the year 2000 (and one in two minorities) will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Diabetes is a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, blindness, amputation, and kidney disease, as well as death. Diabetes costs our country more than $174 billion a year.
A new national study suggests that preschool-aged children are likely to have a lower risk for obesity if they regularly engage in one or more of three specific household routines: eating dinner as a family, getting adequate sleep and limiting their weekday television viewing time. In a large sample of the U.S. population, the study showed that 4-year-olds living in homes with all three routines had an almost 40 percent lower prevalence of obesity than did children living in homes that practiced none of these routines. Other studies have linked obesity to the individual behaviors of excessive TV viewing, a lack of sleep and, to a lesser extent, a low frequency of family meals.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery can effectively treat obesity in adolescents and seems to offer a better alternative than gastric bypass surgery, but further study is needed to determine whether it's better than nonsurgical options, a UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeon writes in an editorial in the Feb. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "The latest research helps us define which surgical procedure may be preferable, but we are still a long way from settling the question of whether surgery should be used to treat obesity in teens, " said Dr. Edward Livingston, chief of GI/endocrine surgery at UT Southwestern.