Study shows one-fifth of four-year-olds are obese. What can you do to protect your kids?

A striking new study says almost one in five American four-year-olds is obese, and the rate is alarmingly higher among American Indian children. What did the study find and what can you do to protect your children?

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The AP reports that researchers at Ohio State University, alongside Temple University investigators, “were surprised to see differences by race at so early an age.” 

After looking at national “data on 8,550 preschoolers born in 2001,” the team found that nearly “13 percent of Asian children were obese, along with 16 percent of whites, almost 21 percent of blacks, 22 percent of Hispanics, and 31 percent of American Indians.” 

That translates to “more than half a million” obese four-year-olds. 

And, since childhood overweight and obesity is associated with the increasing incidence of childhood diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), it should be no surprise that a study released this week by CVS researchers finds that children’s use of medications to treat high blood pressure, diabetes, or abnormal cholesterol has increased by a shocking 15% between 2004 and 2007.

Even more shocking is the finding that the greatest rate of increase of these medication was realized by 6- to 11-year-old children, with increases of 18.7% and 17.3% for girls and boys, respectively.

Yes, you read that correctly. Six-year-old children with diabetes and hypertension requiring medications. 

The results are based on an analysis of prescription records for 5 million commercially-insured children and teens ages 6 to 18 years.  

Irrespective of the causes (which are many) of childhood overweight and obesity, what can you do to protect your child(ren) from this threat? 

I have good news for you. I have realistic hope and practical help available for you.

I’ve done some ground-breaking work with the wonderful folks at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida, and we have developed a number of resources that will help you and your family:

1) A great option is to order and read our book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat. You can order it here. You can also order an autographed and personalized copy here

2) You can find a free Family Assessment Tool here  that will help you assess your family’s diet, activity and rest habits (it’s called The SuperSized Kids Quiz). Download and take the assessment to see how you and your family are doing.  

3) In addition, I’ve designed an complimentary 8-Week Family Fitness Plan(SuperSized Kids 8-Week Plan) that you can find here. Sup

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