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Obesity Prevention Requires A Blend Of Strategies

August 3, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Though obesity is a growing problem among children in the U.S. – 17 percent are considered obese – many parents continue to pack their cupboards and refrigerators with junk food. And the food industry continues to supply it. But mental health professional Diane Girardot reports that obesity can be prevented. It takes a combination of strategies: individual lifestyle changes, environmental and governmental policy changes, tighter regulation of the food industry and possibly litigation. Unfortunately, however, many parents refuse to deprive their children of junk food. And many people believe that obesity is a personal choice and the government has no business regulating what and how much they eat and drink.
Diane Russell Girardot, "Behavior change and obesity in America", Philadelphia Inquirer, August 03, 2012, © Philadelphia Media Network Inc.
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