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Poll: Nearly Four In Ten Union City Kids Are Fat. What Should We Do?

According to a recent study, 38.4 percent of our 5th, 7th and 9th graders are overweight or obese. What should families do? What should government do?

Almost four out of 10 kids in Union City are overweight or obese, according to a recent study that ranks our city as having the fifth chubbiest teen and tween population in Alameda County.

The study was done by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Researchers found that 38.4 percent of 5th, 7th and 9th graders in Union City are overwight or obese. Hayward and San Leandro were tied for the childhood obesity rates at 42.7 percent. They were followed by Oakland (42.3 percent) and Newark (39.2 percent).

The lowest obesity rate in Alameda County was found in Pleasanton at 22.8 percent. The countywide average was 34.5 percent.

The statewide average obesity rate of the more than 250 cities studied was 38 percent.

Rates ranged from as low as 11 percent in affluent Manhattan Beach to 53 percent for Huntington Park, a factory town. Both are in Los Angeles County. 

Study calls for government action 

The study's authors detailed their methods and the ramifications of their findings, principally that overweight kids tend to grow into overweight adults with all the health problems associated therewith.

The findings are accompanied by nine policy recommendations, including:

  • eliminating the sale of fatty foods and high calorie drinks on public facilties;
  • establishing taxes on sugary drinks at the state and local levels to pay for the harmful effects of those products and remediate their effects;
  • eliminating advertising of unhealthy foods and beverages to children and youth.

Where do you stand?

Do you consider youth obesity primarily a family problem or a community problem? 

Would you put the primary responsibility on parents to cut back on junk foods and video games and promote healthier foods and exercise?

Or should the community play the leading role, all the way from promoting good food and exercise to imposing taxes and advertising restrictions?

Or do you favor a mixture of the above?

Leave a comment below and vote in our Poll.

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Tamerlane June 13, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I think that I should decide what and how much you all should eat. And I am going to mandate that you all get up with me at oh-six-hundred for community calisthenics. You need to conform to MY idea of what is healthy and attractive. Are we all clear on this? See you at oh-six-hundred.
Edward June 13, 2012 at 05:02 PM
US Army Basic Training...The ARMY Daily Dozen. Right Sarge?
Edward June 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Bake into Brownies made with whole Wheat Flour, topped with REAL Opium Poppy Seeds...Frank Mockery, your funny.
Frank Mockery June 13, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Calisthenics ? How about you drop & I give you ten instead (if you conform to MY idea of healthy & attractive) ?
Edward June 13, 2012 at 05:48 PM
That was first week...How about 50 "Drill Sargent". Chalenge the Students with "being the Best" in academics and athletisism was always the best way in the past but it seems all schools want is super brains on little fat bodies. You do not need to be a "lean ,mean fighting Machine" to stay fit but it does take "Will Power" to make fitness happen. In" Basic trainiing" it's the Authority "drill Sargent" that provides the drive untill the trainees learn to have their own "Will Power" to stay fit. The diet comes from the Kitchen and propper planning, and, like for our sevice men and women, that is provided by the "Family"

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