PLEDGE NOW
Childhood Obesity in the US: Out of Control?

We look at why kids are packing on the pounds, and what we can do about it.

Big Mac sandwich (AP)

Big Mac sandwich (AP)

One in three American children is overweight or obese. Those extra pounds come with health risks. More diabetes. High blood pressure. Sky high cholesterol.

First Lady Michelle Obama is promoting healthy eating. Superstar chef Jamie Oliver took over a school cafeteria in West Virginia. They face fierce competition from our insatiable appetite for all things processed and fried. Doctors say childhood obesity is a full-blown medical crisis.

Most parents think their kids are just fine. We weigh the evidence.

This hour On Point: Battling childhood obesity in America.
>
Guests:

Kelly Brownell, co-founder and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, which works to improve the world’s diet, prevent obesity, and reduce weight stigma. He is also a professor of epidemiology and public health at Yale. TIME magazine has called him a “warrior” in the area of nutrition and public policy.

Dr. Christine Carter-Kent, pediatric gastroenterologist and director of the Pediatric Cardiology and Metabolic Clinic at the Cleveland Clinic. She specializes in pediatric obesity.

Terry Alston, health and physical education teacher and Wellness Coordinator for the Long Mill Elementary public school in Youngsville, NC

Tedy Bruschi, former linebacker for the New England Patriots. He was recently named to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
May 29, 2015
Residents are evacuated by members of the Houston Fire Department from floodwaters surrounding their homes in Houston, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Heavy rain overnight caused flooding and closure of sections of highways in the Houston area. (AP)

Texas floods. Soccer scandal. Nebraska outlaws the death penalty. Identity theft at the IRS. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

May 29, 2015
In this March 24, 2002 file photo, John Nash, left, and his wife Alicia, arrive at the 74th annual Academy Awards, in Los Angeles. Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday, May 23, 2015, police said. (AP)

Remembering a beautiful mind: Nobel –prize winning game theorist John Nash . We’ll look at his game theory. His schizophrenia. His genius.

RECENT
SHOWS
May 29, 2015
In this March 24, 2002 file photo, John Nash, left, and his wife Alicia, arrive at the 74th annual Academy Awards, in Los Angeles. Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday, May 23, 2015, police said. (AP)

Remembering a beautiful mind: Nobel –prize winning game theorist John Nash . We’ll look at his game theory. His schizophrenia. His genius.

 
May 29, 2015
Residents are evacuated by members of the Houston Fire Department from floodwaters surrounding their homes in Houston, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Heavy rain overnight caused flooding and closure of sections of highways in the Houston area. (AP)

Texas floods. Soccer scandal. Nebraska outlaws the death penalty. Identity theft at the IRS. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: May 30, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015

FIFAs gotta FIF, and other highlights from the soccer-filled week of news. Plus, we discuss how none of you really seemed all that concerned about a last-minute topic change.

More »
2 Comments
 
A Former Bike Gang Member Explains "The Life"
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Larry called in from Lawrenceburg, KY and told us he was once a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, a mid-Atlantic biker gang. He didn’t sugar coat the facts as he explained the draw of the brotherhood and what makes the outlaw motorcycle corner the underworld go round.

More »
2 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: May 15, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015

We cancel a few hours and suddenly all of you get convinced of a global radio conspiracy! Plus, dragon zoos.

More »
2 Comments