Interview with Dr. Rebecca Webb, Lovelace Westside Hospital, on Childhood Obesity Story

Fewer New Mexico children are obese.  A new report from Voices for Healthy Kids shows a drop in the number of children who are considered obese. Between 2010 and 2012 the obesity rate of third graders fell from 22.6 percent to 21.4 percent. That is equal to a 5.3 percent decline. Doctors we spoke with say there’s more parents can do to help keep their kids on the right track. Dr. Rebecca Webb/Lovelace Westside Hospital, “Kids model their parent’s behaviors, kids want to be their parents. So what we do, our children will do, and we want them to be active, to be healthy, to eat good foods, to not sit and watch TV, to get out and move.” Right now childhood obesity remains a severe problem throughout the country. More than 23 million children and teens are overweight or obese.

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