Health 2006

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

New York’s Obesity Crack-Down



New York City’s war on obesity has intensified, thanks to a number of City officials.
Recently, Councilman Joel Rivera of the Bronx announced his plan to reduce New York’s increasing obesity numbers. He has recommended that the city use zoning laws to limit the amount of fast food restaurants in certain areas where obesity is ubiquitous. There appears to be a high concentration of fast food restaurants in low-income areas, and Rivera believes this is contributing to the obesity rates.
According to a 2004 Centers for Disease Control survey, 58 percent of New York adults were overweight, while in 2003, 28 percent of New York high school students were at risk for becoming overweight, or already were. Additionally, the CDC found that 33 percent of 2- and 5-year-olds from low income communities were overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. The city has made efforts to alleviate the problem of obesity, which reduces life expectancy, as well as increases the risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. School lunches have been changed and family fitness programs have been implemented. Full article.

1 Comments:

  • At 6:33 AM, Blogger hetera (UK) said…

    Oh that was interesting:)so what do children in shcools eat for lunch now?

     

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