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We Need Action to Reverse Childhood Obesity

 

Childhood obesity is a national epidemic, and New Hampshire is no different. According to the 2011 NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey 26.2% of adolescents are overweight or obese, as well as 25% of 2-5 year olds in NH.  This puts our young people at risk for serious health problems as they grow older.  Overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults facing a number of serious health issues including an increased risk for heart disease and stroke.  There are public policy solutions to help reverse the childhood obesity trend - including helping children eat healthier and be more physically active, at school and in their community. Are the policies we have in place now the best we can do to help our children grow to be healthy adults?

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