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Global Obesity Summit in Jackson has World Value

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 11 Nov 2010 01:56pm | comments
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Obesity has become a global health concern from Mississippi to China. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports why many of the world’s top medical experts are looking to Mississippi for ways to fight the battle of the bulge.

One the last day of the global summit on obesity in Jackson, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Americas obesity problem has reached epic proportions. Factors to blame include what we eat, how much we eat and how little we exercise .

"If we don't change the patterns that we are seeing right now with kids and lower the rate of diabetes and lower the rate of obesity we have the first generation of children in America who will have shorter life spans than their parents."

Sebelius is one of the many experts who over the past few days who have been focusing on how Mississippi has become the world epicenter for obesity. Dr. Dan Jones, Chancellor of the University of Mississippi says it's time Mississippians take action.

"We aren't getting it yet. Our rates of childhood obesity continue to rise, our rates of adult obesity continue to rise. And so this is a serious serious problem for our state that will have devastating personal health affects for so many people but will have also large economic effects on our state in the years to come."

Some programs in Mississippi are addressing obesity in schools. Porche Frizell works with the community students learning center in Holmes County .

" You know they're getting excited about physical fitness not just, I don't wanna do it. It's like yeah let’s just do it lets have fun, changing their mindset. So overall the mentality is hey, we have to be physically active, we have to be physically fit we wanna have fun and we wanna have better food choices."

Secretary Sebelius says in the next 6 months, food product labeling will include information designed to help families make better health choices . Lawayne Childrey MPB News.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius


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