Forum: America's Growth Spurt, our nation of overweight childen
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
The Grove Hotel
Gregory Janos, M.D., I Kendra Witt-Doyle
In 1974 only 5% of American children between the ages of 2 and 5 were considered overweight. By 2004, the percentage had nearly tripled, reaching 13.9%. The good news is that while Idaho frequently lags behind other states in areas of childhood health and education, Idaho is doing better than many states in the area of childhood obesity. In August of 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that Idaho was one of 18 states, along with one U.S.Territory, that experienced a decline in obesity rates among 2 to 4 year olds from low-income families between 2008 and 2011. Idaho's rate fell from 12.3% to 11.5%. City Club welcomes two Idaho healthcare professionals to this forum as we try to understand what has led to this nation of overweight children and what some strategies that have been used in Idaho to help bring our children's obesity rate down. Dr. Gregory Janos, Executive Medical Director at St Luke's Children's Hospital, will provide an overview of the extent of the problem as well as some of the implications for overweight children as they age. He will also touch on the costs to society. Kendra Witt-Doyle, Director of the Blue Cross Foundation for Health, will discuss some of the many collaborative efforts underway in Idaho that seek to address this issue.