US launches plan to tackle childhood obesityBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7274.1432/d (Published 09 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1432
- Deborah Josefson
- New York
The US Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Education have drafted a report outlining a comprehensive plan to promote physical activity and decrease obesity in the nation's young people.
The interagency report was requested by President Clinton after the CDC found that youth obesity had reached epidemic proportions in the United States. It noted a doubling in the percentage of overweight young people since 1980. The trend is alarming because childhood obesity leads to adult obesity, and the extra weight reduces life expectancy and contributes to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, colon cancer, and depression.
Among overweight children aged 5-15, 61% already have one or more …