Parents, Lawmakers Should Address Childhood Obesity Problem, San Francisco Chronicle Says
Although the "solution" to the "delicate but serious" problem of childhood obesity "begins at home," lawmakers also should address the issue, according to a San Francisco Chronicle editorial. The editorial states that childhood obesity has reached "epidemic levels" in California and nationwide, a trend that has led to increased cases of "adult afflictions" -- such as hypertension, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and Type II diabetes -- in children. The editorial recommends that parents educate their children about nutrition and exercise and help them to develop "healthy habits." In addition, the editorial asks lawmakers to pass three bills that address the issue: SB 1868, sponsored by Sen. Tom Torlakson (D-Martinez); and AB 1793, sponsored by Assembly member Carole Migden (D-San Francisco), which would require schools to reinstate or improve physical education requirements, and SB 1520, sponsored by Sen. Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento), which would ban soda sales on school campuses within five years. The editorial concludes, "It's time for parents -- and policymakers -- to show more concern for this serious health issue" (San Francisco Chronicle, 5/16).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.