Tackling Childhood Obesity
February 16, 2010
Last week Michelle Obama announced a new initiative to combat childhood obesity called “Let’s Move.” Since 1980, childhood obesity rates have increased threefold. Today, close to one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. The First Lady’s plan calls for healthy school lunches, increased physical activity, healthier eating at home, and improved access to nutritious foods in rural areas and inner cities. This hour, GARY FOSTER, Director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University, and SHIRIKI KUMANYIKA, a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, discuss the Let’s Move campaign and some of the challenges to tackling childhood obesity.