Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Fatter and Younger

In today's NY Post there is another disturbing story about the childhood obesity epidemic. This time, however, researchers have found that children as young as six months old are getting chubbier and are at risk for becoming obese.

One person who isn't surprised is Dr. Robert Bessler who heads up the obesity surgery department at Columbia. As he points out, "Obesity is the number 1 nutritional disease in the world..." {emphasis added}

The article also mentions the effort by Councilman Joel Rivera to use zoning to restrict the number of fast food outlets. All of this makes Rivera's Health Corps initiative that much more crucial. Young people need to become active health advocates in their communities in order to stem the obesity tide.