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The Hypocrisy of Federal Fitness Promotions

Childhood Obesity

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  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled in young children and tripled in adolescents over the past 30 years; 18 percent of American children between the ages of six and 11 now fall in the obese category
  • Five percent of American children are “severely obese,” which puts them at grave risk for chronic diseases typically reserved for adults, such as heart and liver disease
  • Ironically, the celebrities chosen for the First Lady’s <i>Let’s Move!</i> campaign are the same people telling them to eat Oreos, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Burger King, and to drink Pepsi and other “designer” sodas
  • While most kids surely need more exercise, it must be understood that more exercise is not enough to counter the ill effects of a high refined-fructose, processed food diet
  • You do not get fat because you eat too many calories and don't exercise enough. Your consumption of grains and sugars, especially fructose, will determine whether or not you're able to manage your weight and maintain optimal health

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