Louisiana childhood obesity second worst in U.S.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 7:08pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 7:28pm

Researchers at Pennington Biomedical and several other agencies in the state have released the annual report card for Louisiana children’s health, and the results don't look good.

Almost half, 48 percent, of all children in Louisiana are considered obese or overweight, putting our state as the second worst in the nation.

The announcement was made today at a press conference at Pennington. The group says this year’s report focuses on changing everyday decisions to bring about healthier children, and they say the example must come from the adults.

"(There are) simple decisions we can make every day,” stated Bruce Greenstein with the Department of Health and Hospitals. “Outside is available to all, wealthy or low income. Take a walk; eat a smaller portion; simple things we can all do."

The group chose not to give a letter grade this year. Instead, they set a goal to see major changes in obesity and overweight rates by the year 2020.

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