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Combat Obesity Starting in Preschool

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Norman "Chubby" Chaney seemed amusing in the "Our Gang" comedies of the 1930s and '40s as an overweight child. (He was 3 feet, 11 inches tall and weighed 113 pounds). In part, he seemed funny because there just weren't many kids his size back then.

But today, nearly 18 percent of kids ages 6 to 11 are obese, as are 21 percent of those 12 to 19! Obesity is common and not funny, especially when it comes to children.

A lot of factors contribute to this epidemic , including hormone disruptors in receipts and plastics, changes in your intestinal bacteria due to processed foods, the digital revolution, inner-city environments, high fructose corn syrup, sugary drinks).

It can seem hard to keep your child from becoming overweight. But a recent study from Seattle Children's Hospital might indicate a good place to start: in your preschool.

Researchers found that U.S. preschoolers get only around 48 minutes of active play a day, when they should be getting two hours or more. This contributes to everything from being overweight to learning and behavior problems.

But when preschoolers play actively indoors, or run around outside for even an hour a day, behavior and learning improve.

So if your child is in day care:

• Help arrange for parent volunteers to come play active games with the kids.

• Set up excursions to local parks where kids can explore and play.

• Provide day care workers with activity-based CDs or videos that will get kids up and moving.

• Suggest using the Cleveland Clinic's Food Is Knowledge program for pre-K to first grade.

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