Childhood Obesity Counseling Sumter SC

How can parents halt the creeping epidemic that threatens our kids’ futures? The solution: Change the environment so they can move more and eat well. In our push-button, remote-control, car-oriented culture—where pizza makes house calls and kids between the ages of 2 and 17 spend more than three years of their waking lives watching TV— we’ve created the fattest generation in history.

Dr. Linda Swain Crabbe
(803) 778-5240
1225B Alice Dr
Sumter, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Timothy Lane Key
(803) 775-6311
237 Church St
Sumter, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

John E Rowe
(803) 775-6311
237 Church St
Sumter, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Arscott Melissa W MD
(803) 775-6311
237 Church Street
Sumter, SC
 
John Elliott Rowe III, MD
(803) 775-6311
237 Church St
Sumter, SC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: Tuomey Reg Med Ctr, Sumter, Sc
Group Practice: Sumter Pediatrics

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John M Mitchner, MD
(803) 775-6311
237 Church St
Sumter, SC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1994

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Dr. Katherine Hunter Deaton
(803) 469-9178
2270 Graystone Dr
Sumter, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Sumter Medical Specialists PA
(803) 469-7500
635 West Wesmark Boulevard
Sumter, SC
 
Jay Arthur Anderson, MD
(803) 469-4556
630 Portsmouth Dr
Sumter, SC
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Tuomey Reg Med Ctr, Sumter, Sc
Group Practice: Carolina Anesthesia

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Riddle Samuel M MD
(803) 778-9000
115 North Sumter Street Suite 200
Sumter, SC
 
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Curbing Childhood Obesity

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How can parents halt the creeping epidemic that threatens our kids’ futures? The solution: Change the environment so they can move more and eat well.

In our push-button, remote-control, car-oriented culture—where pizza makes house calls and kids between the ages of 2 and 17 spend more than three years of their waking lives watching TV— we’ve created the fattest generation in history.

Waistlines are widening in people of all ages, but “our children, in particular, are gaining weight to a dangerous degree and at an alarming rate,” warns the Institute of Medicine of Washington, DC, in a new action plan (“Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance”) commissioned by Congress to address this growing public health threat. In just 30 years, the prevalence of childhood obesity has soared, with nearly one in three American kids now tipping the scales past healthy weight.

Once dismissed as harmless “baby fat,” childhood obesity is increasingly recognized as a serious health threat that can lead to numerous physical ailments such as type 2 diabetes. In fact, one-fourth of obese kids ages 5 to 10 already have at least two components of what is called metabolic syndrome, a cluster of health problems (including insulin resistance, high blood pressure and high cholesterol) that increases the risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes. Overweight kids also are more likely to be ostracized and bullied—or to bully others.

The grim reality is that obesity exerts a life-shortening effect, which threatens to reverse the steady rise in life expectancy observed in the modern era, contends a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Today’s children are on track to be the first generation in U.S. history to live less healthy, and even shorter, lives than their parents.

How did we get this way? Increasingly, experts point to our “obesogenic” environment, which encourages people to eat too much and move too little.

“We live in a world where the energy demands of daily living are at a historic low and the availability of high-calorie, easily obtainable, inexpensive food is at a historic high,” notes Harold Kohl, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. “We’ve created the ‘perfect storm’ for obesity—particularly for children.”

Numerous societal changes have dramatically reduced the amount of energy children burn, while expanding the number of calories they consume. Budget-crunched schools have cut back or eliminated physical education classes—and sometimes even recess. Working parents concerned about safety would rather their kids play video games or watch TV indoors than run around outside. Computers have revolutionized the classroom, entertainment, shopping and communication. Fast food, in “super size” portions, is everywhere—even in some schools—as are vending machines stocked with sodas and chips.

“Our willpower hasn’t changed” in just 30 short years, notes Yale University obesity expe...

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