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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.

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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.
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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.

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