Obesity and Child Well Being
There is no greater problem facing America's children than the epidemic of overweight and obesity. The Foundation for Child Development's Child Well Being Index has concluded that the increase is obesity and overweight among children since 1975 has decreased the overall well being of children by more than 30%. Researchers at the Center for Human Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a study this summer predicting that unless behaviors change, by 2015, 75% of adults and nearly 24% of children and adolescents in the United States will be overweight or obese. This could result in serious health, family and fiscal consequences for our nation. What is causing this epidemic? What are its implications? What should America do about it?