Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Denver Health Focuses on Childhood Obesity

The newest issue of Denver Health's Denver Vital Signs focuses on a key public health problem – childhood obesity.  Despite the perception that Denver is the leanest big city in the country, recently-analyzed data from 40,000 children cared for in the Denver Health system show that obesity is common among Denver’s children.  In fact, obesity among children in Denver is very similar to the rate in the entire United States.

An analysis of the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey provides key information about why obesity is common among Denver’s children. Factors include:

  • Children are frequently drinking soda (the most common sugar-sweetened beverage).
  • They are eating too few fruits and vegetables.
  • Many children are not getting regular physical exercise.

Mayor Hancock’s Children’s Cabinet recently chose childhood obesity as one of the three key health problems facing our children. We look forward to working with you on this important public health problem and welcome your feedback to this issue. 

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