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As Childhood Obesity Rises ... What's a Parent To Do?

July 16, 2007

The nation's obesity problem keeps getting worse, but parents can help turn that around for the next generation. Two new studies find a rise in America's obesity rate. On top of the health risks, overweight kids can experience a life-long emotional impact. Wisconsin experts say the best defense is making sure kids start early with healthy eating and an active lifestyle. UW-Madison nutrition professor Susan Nitzke says getting kids active doesn't have to mean soccer practice and exercise programs. It can be as simple as giving kids time to play.

"Children naturally like to be active, they like to run around and ride their bikes, but they have to have the opportunities to do that during the day, and children are more and more scheduled in many homes."

She says the best thing parents and others can do is be a good role model, by being active and eating healthy foods.

Dr. Jeff Lamont is a pediatrician with the Marshfield Clinic in Weston. He says kids need encouragement to get active, and we as a society need to provide safe parks, playgrounds and sidewalks.

"Used to be a kid 5 to 8 years old could go out on a bicycle and could go riding around the block and get exercise. Many of our communities are not conducive to a child's going out and playing safely." Nitzke agrees.

"You have to really make sure that the children have plenty of opportunities to get out and run around."

Parents and kids looking for activities and nutrition tips can go to

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WI