Will Tracking Body Mass Index in Children Stop Rising Obesity?
To help curb the rise of childhood obesit, several states are initiating plans that direct doctors to measure and report the BMI of their patients under 18.
Following the lead of the State of Michigan, several states are initiating plans that direct doctors to measure and report the BMI of their patients under 18, and to provide the data to miscellaneous state registries. The intention could be viewed as a step in the right direction: to help curb the rise of childhood obesity and to help doctors be more proactive in offering advice. Yet, opposition continues to be strong.
“It seems some parents don’t like being told that their child is fat,” say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new book TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH). “Or perhaps some are concerned that our constitutional rights are being violated.” TurboCharged® is a groundbreaking 8-Step program that defies common weight-loss theories. It successfully delivers body-defining rapid fat loss, accelerates metabolism, and improves health and odds of longevity without gimmicks, supplements or special equipment.
“With childhood obesity on the rise and the risk factors associated with it, we should all be concerned,” adds Dian Griesel. “One reason is that obese children often stay obese as adults. The cost of the obesity epidemic is already enormous and is stressing our healthcare system.”
“We’re not big fans of either BMI measurements or government intervention, but someone needs to be responsible for our children’s health and guidance,” says Tom Griesel. “If parents do not recognize the severity of the problem or do not know what to do about it, some sort of intervention becomes necessary. Otherwise, we are condemning the future generations of our country and the world to a host of preventable chronic diseases. If you or your children are currently obese or overweight, you need to take responsibility and take the appropriate action to turn things around. If you don’t, you shouldn’t be surprised when ‘Big Brother’ or someone else steps in.”
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