Diabetes Forecast

Children Not Getting the Message About Obesity Prevention

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,


For the past few years, pediatricians and public health officials have promoted the childhood obesity-prevention message “Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0,” referring to the goals of eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, spending no more than two hours per day in front of a screen, doing at least one hour of physical activity a day, and drinking zero sugar-sweetened beverages. So, how effective has that campaign been? Not very, researchers found when they surveyed the parents and child-care staff of 293 preschoolers. While 81 percent of the kids spent two hours or less in front of screens daily, only 50 percent avoided sugary drinks, 17 percent ate at least five servings of fruits and veggies, and less than 1 percent did an hour of exercise daily. A single child met all four goals. Can you help your child achieve them?
Source: Preventive Medicine Reports, published online Aug. 16, 2017

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