“Fat Letters” Sent Home to Parents

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Dr. Tanya Altmann joined us in studio to talk about “fat letters” being sent home to parents that score the body-mass-index of their children to help combat childhood obesity.

California and 19 other states have school districts that send home letters to parents with health report cards that score the body-mass-index of their school children. 

Obesity stats:

  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
  • The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in     2010.
  • Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.
  • In 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

Dr. Tanya Altmann is a pediatrician at Community Pediatric Medical Group, Inc. in Westlake Village  and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

For more information, visit Dr. Altmann’s website HERE.

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