Study: Kids' Obesity Risks Begins Before School Age

By: Garrett Wymer Email
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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Are schools' efforts to fight obesity too late?

One new study says much of a child's weight fate is set before the child is even old enough to go to school.

The New England Journal of Medicine published the study which states nearly half of children who are overweight when they start kindergarten are obese by eighth grade.

Dr. Nate Ostheimer, a pediatrician, said he tells parents of young kids to remember the motto 5-2-1-0.

"The five being, eat five fruits and vegetables each day. The two being, no more than two hours of screen time. One hour of physical activity every day, and try to limit all sugary drinks including Gatorades, sodas, juices," said Ostheimer.

About 12.5 million kids and teens across the country are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control.


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