Report: Schools, Walkable Neighborhoods Are Key In The Battle Against Obesity
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new report says schools play a key role in fighting the nation’s battle with obesity.
However, the study also shows that changes need to be made almost everywhere that Americans live, work and play.
The Institute of Medicine report said schools should be a national focus, because that’s where children spend most of their day and eat a lot of their daily calories.
Two-thirds of U.S. adults and almost a third of children are either overweight or obese.
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And the study doesn’t just focus on schools, it also says neighborhoods need to be more walkable for adults and children.
The researchers want zoning limits on fast food restaurants; and they want sports arenas to sell healthier snacks.
Researchers recommend that communities put a tax on sugary sodas and other drinks.