East County About Average in Childhood Obesity Study

An average of 37 percent of East County San Diego children are overweight or obese.

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A new study shows 34.5 percent of children in San Diego County are overweight or obese, according to California Center for Public Health Advocacy and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

The study, which includes an analysis of more than 250 U.S. cities, shows an average of 37 percent of East County San Diego children are overweight or obese, just above the county average, and just below the California average of 38 percent.

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violajohnson June 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM
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Mary June 12, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Why isn't Santee listed as a separate community in the study? I would like to know our stats.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Not all cities in the county or state were studied in the report, only 250 of them. But, I took an average of El Cajon and La Mesa and went with an "East County" score
Mary June 12, 2012 at 08:38 PM
If 1/3 of our children are overweight are the schools doing anything to better PE classes in the elementary grades, and why are they still serving chocolate milk everyday for school lunches?
Dianne June 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I don't believe this is a school issue. Chocolate flavored milk is a red herring...lunches at schools are not mandatory (some kids bring their own everyday) and things like chocolate milk are choices the kids make...they could just as easily choose white milk as well as fruits and vegetables from the lunch cart. To me, this is a cultural and parenting issue with busy parents at the center. Kids stay locked indoors playing video games and watching television which promotes many of these unhealthy lifestyle choices FAMILIES are making...there are apparently 2/3 of our kids attending the same schools and NOT suffering from obesity. This is a parenting and lifestyle issue in my opinion.
Mary June 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Our children spend more waking hours in school on weekdays than with parents. A busy parent spends time with their child, helping with homework, cooking dinner, doing laundry, giving baths, grocery shopping, etc. Yes a student could choose white milk, but given the choice I’ll bet they choose the sweet chocolate flavor. It is a simple problem with a simple solution. The other is a better PE program to ensure ALL students are active.
Dianne June 13, 2012 at 12:37 AM
It's not a simple problem and the solution is not simple. A child consumes only a fraction of his/her caloric intake each day while at school. Children don't (for the most part) eat breakfast, dinner, or snacks at school. Children are not at school in this community during the summer, weekends, or spring and winter break. A busy parent spends only a small amount of time with their kids each day and many DON'T spend that time doing the things you mention. School is an easy target if you want to blame them, but the facts don't add up.
Mary June 13, 2012 at 03:49 AM
First off I am not blaming the schools, I’m asking for their help. Elementary school children are at school for 6 ½ to 7 hrs a day. Many children do eat breakfast at school, and those that are in Project Safe have snacks after school because they are at school longer, some up to 10 hrs a day. It wouldn’t hurt anyone to delete chocolate milk from the menu and it would help them learn about better eating habits. Emphasizing a good PE program also would help reinforce important life choices. I have no idea what facts you are referring to that don’t add up, but any help we can give our children to encourage better alternatives for food or physical activity is a plus in my book.


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