CDC Report Calls For States To Do More To Fight Childhood Obesity

States can do more to improve policies to promote healthy eating and fight childhood obesity, and schools, child care facilities and communities have a role to play, according to a report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2011 Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report found that 32 states and the District of Columbia scored at or below the national average for the proportion of food retailers that typically sell healthy foods within a state.

"To feed their children healthy food at home, parents must have ready access to stores that sell affordable, healthy food," said William Dietz, M.D., director of CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. According to the report, as of December 2008, only one state had enacted all of the following state licensure regulations for childcare facilities: restricting sugar drinks; requiring access to drinking water throughout the day; and limiting TV and computer time at child care facilities. For information about childhood obesity, visit

05-10-2011 03:56 (EDT)