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One-Third of U.S. Children are Overweight, Leaving the Health and Productivity of an Entire Generation at Risk
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Discuss the Problem, and Solutions
Lean Plate Club Discussion Group:
Chat with Sally Squires and readers about solutions to creating a healthier environment for all families.

  • Transcript: Reporters Susan Levine and Rob Stein on the overweight epidemic.
  • Transcript: Sally Squires on how to eat healthier and exercise.
  • Transcript: Vicky Rideout from the Kaiser Family Foundation on how food advertising and marketing contributes to childhood obesity.
bodyAn organ-by-organ look at how obesity kills slowly, causing damage from head to toe, with painful, lasting effects. Read »
nutritionThink you know all there is to feeding your family well? Take this quiz to see if you're right. Start »
Better Food Choices
Resources on the Web
  • mypyramid.gov: Tips and guides, including an interactive tool to help analyze and improve daily diet and physical activity.
  • smallstep.gov: Information on portion control, healthy eating, active living and local programs.
  • BMI: Calculators to determine and interpret the body mass index for all ages.

  • More Resources »
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