Surgeon General Calls Obesity Numbers Embarrassing - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

North Little Rock, AR

Surgeon General Calls Obesity Numbers Embarrassing

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - The nation's acting surgeon general says the country should be embarrassed by the percentage of children who are overweight or obese despite a recent report showing their numbers are leveling off.

Acting Surgeon General Steven Galson said at a ceremony at the base of the Big Dam Bridge in North Little Rock that the numbers are leving off too high.

Galson presented a Healthy Youth for Healthy Future Champion Award to Eagle Mountain Health & International Studies Magnet Elementary School.  At the ceremony, Arkansas was also recognized as one of five states to win the national President's Challenge, a program to encourage Americans to be more active.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last month that the numbers of overweight and obese children held steady after rising without interruption since 1980.  In 2003-04 and 2005-06, roughly 32 percent of children were overweight but not obese, 16 percent were obese and 11 percent were extremely obese.

Galson said during the ceremony that he was pleased to see the epidemic of child obesity slowing, but said more must be done to reverse the trend.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Child's body recovered from river after drowning

    Child's body recovered from river after drowning

    Saturday, July 22 2017 6:43 PM EDT2017-07-22 22:43:04 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 6:45 PM EDT2017-07-22 22:45:49 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A juvenile boy drowned on the Spring River Saturday near Hardy, according to Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts.

    A juvenile boy drowned on the Spring River Saturday near Hardy, according to Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts.

  • Toy Show returned to Jonesboro

    Toy Show returned to Jonesboro

    Friday, July 21 2017 8:55 PM EDT2017-07-22 00:55:27 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 5:51 PM EDT2017-07-22 21:51:20 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The 28th annual Farm Toy Show started at the Hilton Garden Inn in Jonesboro Friday afternoon and continued through the weekend. 

    The 28th annual Farm Toy Show started at the Hilton Garden Inn in Jonesboro Friday afternoon and continued through the weekend. 

  • breaking

    House fire linked to burglaries, investigated as arson

    House fire linked to burglaries, investigated as arson

    Saturday, July 22 2017 11:16 AM EDT2017-07-22 15:16:38 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 5:23 PM EDT2017-07-22 21:23:58 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Saturday morning fire after linking it to at least one burglary.

    The Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Saturday morning fire after linking it to at least one burglary.

Powered by Frankly