By Article Writers Inc.
Published Nov 29, 2007
At the National Prevention Summit, First Lady Laura Bush expressed her support for the new Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative. This initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was showcased at the summit which discusses prevention methods and promotion of healthy weight in childhood. Mrs. Bush was the keynote speaker at the summit and stressed that the foundation for good health begins with healthy habits and that education about the body and how to take care of it will go a long way in terms of decreasing the risk of developing health problems later on in life.
The Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative is being led by the U.S. surgeon general and will help coordinate as well as expand the federal government's present childhood-overweight and obesity prevention programs. According to recent studies the incidence of children who are overweight continues to climb. In children who were ages 2-5, the prevalence of being overweight increased 5 percent to 13.9 percent. There was also a 5 percent increase in children ages 6-11 and 12-19. It was also found that 18.8 percent of children ages 6-11 are overweight and 17.5 percent of those ages 12-19 are overweight.