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September 30, 2004

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Reversing the rapid rise in obesity among American children and youth will require a multipronged approach by schools, families, communities, industry, and government that would be as comprehensive and ambitious as national anti-smoking efforts, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. While no single intervention or group acting alone can stop the epidemic of childhood obesity, the steps recommended by the committee that wrote the report all aim to increase and improve opportunities for children to engage in physical activity and eat a healthy diet.

Jeffrey Koplan, M.D., M.P.H., Vice President for Academic Health Affairs, Emory University, Atlanta, and Chair, Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth.