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Exercise and Childhood Obesity

Taking an active role in challenging the leading causes of increased childhood obesity

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The extensive archives of Health Politics with Dr. Mike Magee, a popular weekly Internet-based electronic media program that explores complex issues of health care policy and public health, have been made available to Access Excellence. The topics and materials selected by AE's editors address National Science Education Standards and/or National Health Education Standards, are included in middle and high school science and health curricula, and are of particular relevance to middle and high school teachers and learners.

Exercise and Childhood Obesity (10/22/2003)

Presentation transcript

Questions answered by this presentation:

  1. What is a major contributor to obesity and poor health in children?
  2. What is the probability of becoming an obese adult if one is already obese at age six?
  3. Why is exercise not a high priority for many teenage girls?
  4. How do public school policies toward exercise affect teenagers?
  5. Name five ways that families and communities can help correct childhood obesity and inactivity.

Related Links

Physical Activity Fundamental to Preventing Disease - June 2002 (HSS) - This is a report on the crucial role that physical activity plays in life. It contains charts and statistics on obesity and acknowledges the increasing prevalence of it, especially in Hispanic and African-American women.

U.S. Obesity at an All-time High (Medical College of Wisconsin) - A report from the Medical College of Wisconsin on the issue of U.S. Obesity issue and the various options that are available to prevent or resolve obesity.

Physical Educators Buoyant over Parents Support in American Obesity Association Survey (AAHPERD) - This is a press release in 2000 reporting that parents support the need for physical education classes and recess in their children's school curriculum.

Obesity, Individual, and Public Policy - July 2003 (AEI) - A news report and commentary from the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research about obesity and the responsibilities of both individuals and public policy.

Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans - 2002 (CDC) - This report was compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the health risks portion of this report, there are reports and charts that address the obesity and the amount of physical activity that high school students engage in (pages 28-31 of the section).

Prevalence of Overweight Among Children and Adolescents: United States, 1999-2000 (CDC) - This is a summary of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2000 with comparisons to previous surveys.

Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity (NIDDK - This website has links and information on overweight and obesity. The format is almost like a fact sheet.

Childhood Obesity (Mayo Clinic) - Causes, risk factors, prevention, treatment, complications, and more are explained and summarized.

Overweight and Obesity: The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity (HHS) - This webpage offers links to press releases,, reports, fact sheets, and resources that address the overweight and obesity issue in the nation today.

Links updated: 20 January 2009
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