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    Childhood Obesity Described as 'Exploding Nightmare'

    FILE - Study finds childhood obesity continues to spread in the U.S. and elsewhere and that excessive snacking is the main culprit.
    FILE - Study finds childhood obesity continues to spread in the U.S. and elsewhere and that excessive snacking is the main culprit.
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    A report commissioned by the World Health Organization calls for governments, educators and the food industry to combat childhood obesity.

    The independent Commission for Ending Childhood Obesity says there are 41 million children under five years of age who are obese, an increase of 10 million from 1990.The developing world has seen obesity rates double since 1990.

    These dramatic increases were called an “exploding nightmare” in the report released Monday.

    It said driving the rise are biological factors, lack of healthy food, a more sedentary lifestyle and the marketing of fattening foods.

    The commission suggests steps to combat rising obesity include an "effective taxation on sugar-sweetened beverages'' as well as better education to promote healthy eating and exercise.

    "It is not the kids' fault,” said commission co-chair Peter Gluckman.“You can not blame a two-year-old child for being fat and lazy and eating too much.''

    If left unchecked, obesity “has the potential to negate many of the health benefits that have contributed to the increased longevity observed in the world," according to the report.

    "To date, progress in tackling childhood obesity has been slow and inconsistent," write the report’s authors.

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    by: M D
    January 30, 2016 1:24 PM
    Is it really all the parents fault for buying these processed sugared foods, or should our own government also be held accountable? !! Our tax dollars, yes, our hard earned money goes to subsidize the farmers growing the raw materials (corn, soy, etc...) to produce these processed sugary foods. In addition, why are the producers of these foods allowed to advertise their product on television?? Their products are as deadly as tobacco. No, these non-foods shouldn't be taxed, but tax payers should not be subsidizing them either.

    by: Hovhannes from: Montevideo
    January 25, 2016 4:27 PM
    It is wrong to tax sugar-sweetened beverages and high-calories food. It's the parents who should not buy sugar-sweetened beverages or high-calories food. It's the parents who should say no when children ask them for sugar-sweetened beverages and high-calories food. It wouldn't be fair to punish honest business people and the food industry with high taxes just because parents have failed not to spoil their children.

    by: rick from: rickland
    January 25, 2016 10:42 AM
    I saw a Dr. Pepper commercial yesterday that emphasized beginning to end how sweet their drink is. They know what is does to people (the devil in paradise:-()

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