Overweight Kids: Big Problem and Big Business

Oct 02, 2002

Another report, this time from Datamonitor, confirms that the children of the United States are facing a national health crisis.

Childhood Obesity 2002 reports that one in four children between the ages of six and 17 are overweight. The implications of this unhealthy state extend well into adulthood. “Obesity related annual hospital costs have quadrupled in the last two decades, soaring to well over $130 million and fueling the fire in the search to place blame.”

Moderator’s Comment: Asside from finding scapegoats
to blame, what needs to be done to Address this health issue?

Companies do not need to (or should they) be vilified
for creating indulgence foods. Consumers, however, do need to understand that
full-time indulgence is gluttony – a sin that has scientifically been proven
to be deadly. Obesity will soon surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable
death in the United States. Perhaps it is time for a “Truth” campaign to fight
fat. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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