The top physical contributors to obesity

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The top physical contributors to obesity

Well, obesity is a problem that's not just a consequence of diet. There are other lifestyle activity issues as well that are contributing to the problem. For example, children aren't getting physical education on a daily basis today as they did 30 years ago before this problem developed. So, you know, PE is not being taught by trained physical education teachers the way it used to be either. PE teachers who are well trained will keep children moving during PE class so that it's not just standing around discussing things. It's actually moving. Another factor is at home spending too much time in front of the TV, too much time in front of the computer screen playing with video games or what have you. So, too much sitting is associated with poor health and the development of obesity and that's true in adults as it is in children. And then lastly, the issue of vigorous physical activity. The public health community is good emphasizing moderate physical activity but children need vigorous physical activity on a daily basis. It actually helps them to settle down and focus and become better students. So, it has lots of benefits besides preventing childhood obesity.

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Barbara J. Moore, PhD

President, Shape Up America!

Barbara J. Moore, PhD is president and CEO of Shape Up America!, a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. The mission of SUA is to raise awareness of obesity as a health issue through its award-winning website,  and other communication channels.  Considered a leading authority on obesity in the United States, Dr. Moore served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children in Youth, which produced the landmark 2005 report Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance. Moore received her PhD in nutritional science from Columbia University. Her postdoctoral training in nutrition and physiology was at the University of California at Davis. She held an academic position at Rutgers University and also served in industry as General Manager of Program Development at Weight Watchers International.  She held several federal government positions at the White House and the National Institutes of Health before joining Shape Up America! in 1995. She holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MS in nutrition from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. 

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